Over the past year, home offices have become a must have space is many homes. Here are 10 inspiring home office ideas for small spaces!
Home offices have never been more popular than they are right now, and with good reason. More than ever, people are working from home and demanding a lot out of their work spaces.
If you’ve ever considered a home office, but live in a small home or are short on space, it can be hard to imagine what that might look like. Here are 10 inspiring ideas for hardworking small office spaces. Enjoy!
10 Inspiring Home Office Ideas For Small Spaces
Home offices have been a staple in many new build homes for decades, but what about the small home dwellers? If you live in an apartment, small house, condo, or duplex, you may not have the luxury of a room for a dedicated home office. Which means it’s time to get creative. As you’ll see below, home offices come in all shapes and sizes, the only thing limiting yours is your imagination.
Don’t Have Any Space? Utilize Closet Space
If you don’t have extra space in any of your rooms for a desk, using a closet as a mini office could be a great alternative. Use existing walls as support to install a desk and leave overhead shelving for other office items like printers or extra file storage. Leaving the desk open below allows for a desk chair to slide in and out for easy use and storage.
Use Paint To Define The Space
Dedicating part of an existing room to office space is a common solution in small homes. Consider defining the corner or wall you’re using for your office with a bold coat of paint. A dark moody green or blue paint is a great way to instantly ground the space and define the area as a designated work space. Add a hanging plant or wall clock to help it feel both intentional and functional.
Install A Pendant Light For Functionality
Installing a pendant light is a creative way to add both style and function to your work space. Whether you’re working in a converted closet, the corner of a bedroom, or a main living space, adding a pendant light creates extra task lighting when needed as well as a pop of unexpected high end style. Just about any can light in your home can be converted to a pendant light with a can light conversion kit.
Use Peg Boards For Extra Organization Space
If you’re short on space, going vertical is often overlooked as an option. Wall space above your desk is prime real estate to install a hardworking pegboard. The days of pegboards being relegated to the garage are long gone. There are so many stylish options and accessories available when it comes to using a pegboard in your home office. Pegboards are great for organizing mail, holding pens and scissors, displaying pictures, corralling small office supplies….. the possibilities are endless!
Turn A Cabinet Into An Office
Turing a cabinet into a mini office is a genius way to gain extra storage that can be hidden away once you’re done working for the day. The best part? It can be located just about anywhere and not be an eyesore. Don’t be afraid to go bold with the color and have fun with the design. The above example reminds me a little bit of the armoire makeover I did for extra book storage in this post.
Transform A Corner Of Your Living Room
Taking advantage of underutilized living room space could be the answer to all your home office woes if you’re willing to get creative. Take a hard look at your main living space and ask yourself if it’s being used to it’s full potential. Could a used corner that’s collecting dust become a hardworking office zone?
Use A Desk That Looks Like Furniture
Sometimes the only extra space you have is in a main living space. Don’t despair! Embrace having an office nook in your home by investing in a desk that blends in with your other decor. There are more desk options than ever before that compliment just about any style out there. Whether you love midcentury modern, minimalist, scandinavian design, or modern farmhouse, there is a desk out there waiting to fit your home’s aesthetic.
Get Creative With Desk Placement
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Setting up a temporary desk in front of an open window to work for the day could become a dreamy work spot. I love the idea in the picture above of using a linen curtain panel or sheet to create a faux wall for privacy and concentration.
Use Plants & Windows To Your Advantage
Wherever you set up your home office space, there are a few universal design truths that work no matter what. If you have the option to work near a window – use it! Natural light does wonders for wellness and productivity. Also, make space for a plant, whether hanging in a basket above your work space or on your desk, live plants bring life to any space and bring a little bit of nature inside.
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