Turning a Florida room into an office will present a few challenges because the two primary functional purposes are so different. Previously, we’ve written about how to repurpose a vinyl screen room, converting another room into a nursery, and more home improvement projects. This isn’t necessarily the same because a Florida room usually isn’t equipped with vital components needed for a home office or these are insufficient. But, it’s still possible to convert a Florida room into a home office.
Tips for Turning a Florida Room into an Office
The first thing you need to do is to consider if there is another room in your home that could either be converted into an office space or could serve a dual purpose. For instance, a family room or media room can easily be altered to accommodate a small office space. With just a few dual use furniture pieces and some creativity, you can readily switch the function from fun to work productivity.
A sunroom is an area with either have partial or full glass walls. This type of room is a flexible space that can serve as a great addition to your home. Generally, a sunroom has 3 walls and then the wall that is opened up to your home. The traditional sunroom has full-sized glass windows that span the entire height and width of the room. The concept is to let sun in to create a warm and welcoming area. —Do It Yourself.com
Another option is to add a corner desk to an eat-in kitchen, in or nearby the dining room, or even place one in a loft. If there isn’t a viable alternative and the Florida room is the only sufficient and available space, you can convert it into an office. The key to success and getting the right results is all about function. Take a little time to look at typical offices to identify what you’ll need beyond a workstation. Your Florida room might not get much use and you’ll need to clean it out. In addition, make any repairs, like fixing a water damaged ceiling. Here are some more helpful tips for turning a Florida room into an office:
- Privacy. A Florida room is a common living area, a home office is not. So, privacy will be an issue, make no mistake about it. While you’re trying to concentrate, others in the house will be watching television, playing video games, cooking, talking on the phone, and so on. You’ll need a way to immediately shut out distractions and unwanted noise.
- Lighting. Although a Florida room is typically flooded with light, too much light will be a problem, causing screen glare and more annoying surface glare. That will greatly affect your ability to work and to concentrate on the task at hand. Get the right window treatments to control the light. Conversely, if there isn’t enough artificial light, add some to use the space after sunset.
- Workspace. This is a crucial factor — having ample workspace to accommodate your desktop or laptop and all necessary peripherals. It’s best to try different configurations to maximize space so you have ample elbow room. In addition, if you need storage space, take this into consideration so you aren’t cramped.
- Climate control. The biggest challenge will climate control. Florida rooms are notorious for being warm (read: hot) during the summer and cool or downright chilly during the winter. It’s very possible you’ll have to invest in some materials and upgrades to make the space comfortable all year.
- Electrical outlets. Another common Florida room deficiency is the lack of electrical outlets. While it will certainly be tempting to buy a few power strips, you can easily overload the electrical system. Consider hiring an electrician to install more outlets.
When you are ready to convert your Florida room into an office space, phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services to haul junk away. In addition, if the project involves building out or other improvements, we also provide construction and remodeling debris removal.