I got a message the other day from a reader who works from home. Her home office has an arched doorway and she’s been struggling with ways to create privacy while preserving the arch. I haven’t been able to speak with her yet to get all the details but I do have one idea that may or may not work in her situation.
If she has the space to build a new wall inside her home office, she can create very valuable storage space while also preserving the arch and adding privacy. In the rendering, above, I added a frosted glass door opposite the arched doorway. On either side of the new door, I put deep closet that can hide file cabinets and printers and office supplies. The closets also provide additional sound-proofing and a sense of separation. By painting the new alcove a deep, saturated color she can enchance the sense that the home office is a different realm from the rest of the house.
Below is the floor plan showing the new wall, new door and new closet space.