It's the ultimate home design hack. How do you conjure a whole room where none exists? For these five clever homeowners the answer was to give their square footage a critical once over, and see what space wasn't living up to its potential. Keep reading for five areas you might find that room you're looking for.
In an Unused Nook
Product designer Fiyel Levent repurposed her Queens rowhouse's former dumbwaiter to carve out a teeny desk area. A slim laptop and a wall-mounted screen make the most of the limited footprint, while an overhead cabinet provides extra storage.
in the Attic
An office is an ideal fit for a dramatically peaked space like the one found in Tamara Kaye-Honey's California home. It sees mostly stationary goings on by nature. Plus a simple, long desk and chair dictate any physical activity is in the stand-up-safe center.
IN the closet
It's a lot to ask a small-space dweller like Sean McNally to give up what little closet space they possess, but if you work from home or are in desperate need of a distinct office space, this is a no-construction, no-cost renter's dream.
In Plain Sight
Design legend Albert Hadley let a hybrid office space take center stage in his New York apartment. If you have an open plan dining set up that doesn't see much action, consider making it do double duty.
In a built-in Bookcase
If you're blessed with built-ins, make the most of their storage potential. In Ken and Anika Yael Natori's home, this beautiful custom setup incorporates a slide out desk top that disappears when not in use. A fold-down or floating shelf puts the same idea into practice at a lower cost.