Furniture Configuration In A Triple Duty Room

Dear Style Studio,

I’m a homeschooling mom with two kids and we have a great designated space for our “school room.”

However, the room needs to serve several different functions. It is our schoolroom, home office, piano keyboard practice, laundry, ironing, sewing room, craft room, and (when time allows) my mom retreat!

The room is approximately 11-by-11 feet with a door and window to the side yard as well as a door opposite to the hallway.

I have played around with different placements for the homeschool/home-office desks and the sewing desk but it’s so difficult to fit everything in that we need. Plus, we have an extra large whiteboard for school that needs to stay.

The laundry and the sewing desk are opposite the homeschool/office on the long walls (no doors) with floor space in between.

The problem is that we have no space to work together on projects and crafts. If I add a table in the middle, we can’t really negotiate around it and the room feels cramped.

Obviously I can’t move the laundry and sink, but everything else can be (and has been) moved multiple times.

I’d love to decorate with some maps and an ocean vibe. The problem is finding a way to fit everything in so that the room can serve all of its functions and not be totally cramped.



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This is the hardest working room in the house so you need a hard working office layout to match.

We suggest our Original Home Office collection as a great option for your space. It has many different layout options so that you can design your own office.

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Below we have created a plan for your room. We recommend starting with a Desk Return Group in the middle of the large wall and then add storage pieces parallel to the wall.

Next bring in the Corner Desk Addition to provide an additional work surface near the window. You can customize your base storage according to your individual needs.

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Because of the size of the room, it’s a challenge to fit all your activities in there but with the Original Home pieces the results will be the most efficient and flexible for your dilemma.

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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