Our house continues t expand and contract as our three children move in and out of our house for pending job offers, grad school and work schedules.

With our boys needing space to study and work remote we found a way to create a a way to recreate a multi-purpose rooms to work and live in our house.

And, that is the back story on how to create a second home office in the the lower level or an extra bedroom.


With my husband’s boisterous conference calls,it was only fair that he get the lower level with access to the garage (his car).

I talked about how we navigated the transition to working together from home.

I surprised him with an office using an existing desk and a few furniture tweaks!


Thankfully, when we purchased our home (fourteen years ago) we fell in love with the home’s layout because we could grow old(er) in the flexible, multi-level home.


And, yet I did not want to share a work/office space with my husband. I told him we (me) each needed a floor between us when we both work from home.

How to create a home office in the basement

I was not ready to give up a child’s bedroom for a part-time home office.

I have my home office on the main level with views of our backyard. Deer and coyotes visit regularly. It’s a work in a very long progress phase.

My office was on hiatus with the arrival of our rescue puppy I shared on Instagram.


For a while, my husband’s home office was in the closet. Seriously, it was seasonal storage for our ski gear and then his home office. It was basically a standing desk made from a shelf and a barstool in in a closet.

He worked standing up before people paid alot of money to stand at a desk.

Needless to say, he was ready to come out of the closet and into the home office in the basement.


To make this happen, we had to give up a dedicated movie/teen space to make room for a desk and a few office essentials. All while keeping it cozy.

It helped that it has a dual-sided fireplace that we recently refaced with stack stone. I shared that weekend project here.


I knew my husband loved his new space when I came home and he had organized all of his work files and shredded ten pounds of legal and accounting docs! He found these inexpensive storage boxes at Ikea.


It had seating for the boys when their friends came over during the summer and vacation, and it gave my husband a big screen t.v. for weekends in the corner office.

This was such an easy change to make with an even larger impact on our daily routines.

Take a look around your house and see if there are spaces that may be ready for a new purpose!

And it is all hidden behind thes DIY barn doors.

how to create a home office in the basement

I found this rug and love it in the office. I plan to buy this rug pad to add extra cushion to the vinyl flooring.

how to create a home office and guest room in the lower level

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  1. This sounds like the perfect solution! I couldn’t share an office with my hubby either..I know what you mean about boisterous conference calls!

  2. kimberlymast says:

    Hi Laura!
    This corner looks like a great place for an office. I like the masculine touches you’ve added, and I’m sure the space will be super cozy in the winter by the fireplace.

    >>> Kim

  3. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About… It’s always fun to hear how people turn small spaces into efficient, practical areas! Hope to see you again next week!

    1. thank you Julie! I am following on bloglovin so I won’t miss the party! laura

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