These clever small home office ideas prove you don’t have to give up your work space just because you have a small space.
Spare bedrooms aren’t the only spaces that make great home offices. Now a closet, corner, hallway, or even the kitchen island can become the perfect work space
As more and more people work from home each year, home offices are becoming more of a necessity. If you’re under the impression that you need a spare room or a large master bedroom to set up a work space in your home, you’re wrong. Brilliant work-friendly spaces can transpire from a spare corner, a few inches of a wall, or other areas you never thought to explore. Embrace that small corner, uneven nook, or shallow shelves with these stylish tricks that will make you wish you thought of them sooner.
A tight nook like the one pictured below is the perfect place to set up an office. Thanks to creativity like personalized wallpaper, a small desk, and storage, it might just be your new happy place.
Keep the furniture in sync with the existing pieces (here in white lacquer) so it blends seamlessly with the entire look.
Many home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk. Simple, easy-to-install floating shelves are a practical way of breaking up a wall. We love the shelves below in black contrasting with the white walls.
Drop Down Desk
A drop-down leaf lets you instantly access―or hide away―your office. Use a vintage-style work space with traditional bureau – for a more sophisticated home office or invest in a traditional bureau to store away important paperwork.
A wall-mounted fold down desk is key for spaces that just can’t quite afford to give up floor space. Plus, it can be concealed with just a simple fold!
Integrate your work area into another room – like this double duty nursery/home office. Keeping to a consistent colour scheme will pull it together.
Hideaway storage ottoman.
Papers, receipts, cards and photos – find a dedicated space in your home office from using a storage ottoman.
Less is more and this holds especially true for small spaces. A Lucite console can go a long way when limited square footage is an issue.
Vertical wall space
Your office can’t spread out? Then go up: make smart use of vertical wall space.
Make use of wall space by hanging basic clipboards as bulletin boards. Not only is it a handy budget solution, it is also a great way to add interest and use your creative side. Use decorate paper or beautiful wallpaper to brighten basic clipboards.
Other options are to add squares of fabric-covered cork board for posting notes, a chalk board and popular framed bulletin board. Bringing the pretty out, add a noticeboard covered in fabric. Love this look of notice boards covered in botanical fabric that lends a decorate hand to a country theme.
Office in a Closet
If you have an extra closet, this is a great idea! All you need is a few shelves. You could even tuck the chair away when you close down the office for the day. Turn an awkward closet into an office with a few quick changes. Remove the closet doors and paint (or wallpaper) the interior. Hang shelves along the wall and tuck in a desk for a quick-fix office that packs efficient function into a small space.
With productivity being a high priority, you can keep all your home office essentials in one place. Using a portable desk tray will allow you to work in any room in the home
Home office storage
Regardless of whether your space is large or small, organization is key and that’s where the best storage ideas come in handy.
Open shelves are a good place to start as they provide easy access to all your bits and bobs, but the important thing is to keep them free of clutter, not just to allow you to find things easily, but also because they are on display for everyone to see.
Plus add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating shelves with wallpaper.
Keep home office paperwork ship-shape, neatly filed away in decorative boxes. Boxes and letter files are useful additions, a diy alternative is to cover them with your favourite wrapping paper, wallpaper or fabric to create a cohesive theme.
If filing space is limited use mason jars to store your paperwork. It’s a great diy project for an easy access storage idea for receipts.
Make every inch of a small space count with these inventive design ideas and creative organization tips.
Do you have a creative work space? Please feel free to share your small space home office ideas and images.
[Header Image Source from left to right: 24cottonwoodlane.com, pinterest, Martha Stewart, housetohome.co.uk]