It’s one of the biggest moments in the life of any 18-year-old. Once the A-levels done and the UCAS application has been sewn up, millions of teenagers are finally able to shake the shackles of their parents and move away for the first time.
The occasion we are talking about is of course when the kids fly the nest to go off to university. After the best part of two decades, the transition that has seen your loved one evolve from screaming infant, to cranky toddler, to moody adolescent has now come to an end.
That appraisal makes it sound like it has been something of an ordeal, but the truth is the house might suddenly feel very quiet and – perhaps even more noticeably – empty without them.
But just as the door of opportunity that leads to the rest of your child’s life has swung wide open, the same could be said for certain aspects of your own life.
It will undoubtedly be something of a novelty to be freed from the constant loud music, late-night door-slamming and dirty washing strewn around every corner of the house, but why not not take things one step further?
If we look at the bigger picture, the bedroom that has been vacated by your child’s leap into higher education has left you with a blank canvas that could have the potential to transform the ambience of your home.
During these uncertain economic times, the extra push that all professionals have had to come up with to keep their heads above water is something that has put a great deal of stress on many families. Those late nights in the office can mean you come home every night tired, drained and unable able to devote the quality time you should to your significant other.
But one solution that allows those with busy schedules to keep on top of things while still getting the downtime they deserve is the phenomenon of the home office. These facilities give you the peace of mind you need to leave the office on the dot of 5pm, safe in the knowledge that a quick trip to your study room will give you chance to tie up those loose ends.
Perhaps the funnest phase of the transition from pit of teenage angst to multi-functional office facility can be the design process. The increasing popularity of the home study means there are now a wide range of benchmarks with which to plan your conversion.
The rise of technology in the office means that many now choose to go for a modern decor mirroring that which is found in most 21st century offices. Think ergonomic swivel chairs, chrome finish and spotlights – this approach will be sure to bring a fresh new twist to your home, portraying you as a high-flying city-slicker who never fails to conquer the task in hand.
But that all depends on the general decor of your home. If you live in the kind of stunning Victorian house that sometimes defines leafy suburbia, then something with a more of a timeless feel might suit you better.
Home-workers who try to achieve this atmosphere are likely to favour a wooden decor, combining mahogany fittings with solid pine furniture that provide all the functionality of an office space with the welcoming ambience of a 19th century retreat.
So whatever you choose to do with your new spare room once your nearest and dearest depart for university, make sure you choose the interior that works best for you.
This post is in collaboration with woodlandsfurniture.co.uk