Home office storage: 17 ideas for a tidy and inspiring work space

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Home office storage by Neptune
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Home office storage is key to having functional work space that you will (most of the time) feel productive in. So, whether it's a whole room, or just a small home office in a nook in the living room, keeping this space tidy is crucial. We've put together some practical, but stylish home office storage ideas to guarantee a tidy desk and a tidy-ish mind.

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1. Keep your home office storage flexible

Look for adaptable storage systems that can grow and be altered as your storage needs change. Even if your work is largely paperless, the unavoidable creep of bills, post and archived documents needs to be pre-empted. 

Choose adjustable shelves that can be repositioned. This allows you to maximise the available space, fitting the shelves to your items, rather than being left with wasted voids.

home office with handy storage solution and bright yellow chair photographed by Bruce Hemming

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2. Choose modular home office storage

A great home office storage idea is to build an adaptable storage wall with floor-to-ceiling supports and brackets. Open storage systems like this Elfa storage system really do offer total control over the storage space. Not only can you get shelves of every depth, but handy pegboard-style panels, or drawers can be added too for stationery.

For more of the best home office shelving check our our buying guide. 

Wall storage from Elfa for a home office

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3. Go for bespoke home office storage

Many furniture companies and joinery specialists will be able to design and build home office storage to perfectly suit your requirements. No matter how big or small the space is, this can be the best way to make the most of every nook and cranny of the room.

Desks can be crafted as part of the storage, creating a coordinated look. Ask for a combination of open shelving (for pretty storage boxes and decorative items), as well as cupboards to hide away clutter and tech. Ask the designer to include trunking and portholes to keep that unsightly tangle of wires at bay.

Wall of bookshelves in a home office

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4. Turn your home office storage into a feature

Make the necessity of home office storage into something beautiful with a feature wall of shelving or pinned pictures. This is the perfect solution for those integrating a home office in to a living room or communal space. Remember to leave plenty of space to display treasured items keeping it as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.

Home office with cork board in a living room

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5. Choose a variety of home office storage

Go for a variety of home office storage types. Shelves for books, magazine files and ornaments; drawers with file hangers for paperwork; drawers for pens; and cupboards to hide away printers or bulky items.

Home office with open shelving and simple white desk with drawers

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6. Create a shared workspace with plenty of storage

Sharing a workspace means squeezing a desk and two people's paperwork and sundries into the space. Maximise the available room with a double desk and workstation with built in drawers under each. 

Check out more of the best home office desks in our handy buying guide. 

Jenny and Anthony Kakoudakis combine colour, heirloom pieces and mid-century style in a home reminiscent of a Parisian hotel

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7. Opt for a space-saving foldaway home office desk

A foldaway desk is a space-saving solution for any room and provides enough work space for admin or using a laptop. Using a shelf-cum-desk also means all of your storage is in arm's reach. The Morris bookcase comes in grey, mint and natural finishes. It is the perfect homework station for a kid's bedroom.

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Morris bookcase with foldaway desk

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8. Or choose a home office desk with built in storage

For a clutter-free office, look for a streamlined desk with drawers. Use the drawers for notepads and files, then make a feature of stationery storage with a selection of beautiful pen pots and magazine files.

We love this West Elm Mid-century style desk from John Lewis. It's got a generous work top and three spacious drawers for hiding away clutter, sorry we mean we organising important documents. 

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West Elm from John Lewis

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9. Build wall-to-wall home office storage 

Where space allows, fill a wall or corner with shelving for plenty of home office storage. Remember that if you are going for height, you will need to be able to reach the top shelves, and this is where a library-style ladder and rail comes in handy.

A desk is neatly nestled in the corner of this Grey Roma storage solution from Neville Johnson, making it the perfect choice in a multifunctional space like a living room.

Corner of wall storage with a corner desk from Neville Johnson

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10. Invest in a stylish small storage for your desk top

If you like working with printed documents, you need proper document storage, period. Forget ugly filing cabinets, though; instead, invest in a practical and stylish desk filing solution.

We like the very good-looking Alida Home Office Set from Made.com, which includes a document file, a stackable tray, and an A4 document box. You can check out more of our pick of the best home office accessories in our buying guide. 

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Alida document storage from Made.com

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11. Get your home office organised with peg board 

We have a lot of time for the humble peg board, it looks cool, is super versatile and can be cut to fit pretty much any space. Mount some peg board above your desk to keep everything you need at an easily grabable distance, you could even add shelves to your peg board for even more home office storage. 

Peg board used in a home office

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12. Add a giant cork board to your home office

Okay maybe a cork board doesn't exactly count as home office storage, but they are super handy to keep those all import documents in plain site. You can also use them to keep to do lists at hand plus they are a really cheap way to add some personality to your home office.

Home office with coral accessories and a large cork board

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13. Choose wall mounted wire shelving 

If you like industrial vibe interiors, check out these wire offerings from Garden Trading for some home office storage ideas. The memo board is ideal for storing reminders, to do lists, inspirational quotes, whatever. Plus there is a matching wall mounted shelf which is perfect if you don't want to clutter up your desk. 

Home office with industrial style metal shelves and wooden desk

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14. Opt for open shelving (if you are neat enough)

If you can be organised and tidy in your office (perhaps you've invested in some lovely filing boxes), going for a pared back look with open shelving and plenty of space to display either attractive work kit (rolls of wallpaper, plans...) or pretty home accessories, can help make the home office look neat and spacious.

Home office with desk and upholstered chair

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15. Pick a home office cabinet to hide it all away

If your home office sits anywhere but in a designated home office, a hideaway cabinet is a fantastic solution. By day, the doors can be open to provide you with a fully-functioning home office; by night, you shut the doors and hide it all away. This one is from The Dormy House.

The Dormy House armoire

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16. Use an alcove for home office storage 

And a complete home office in itself if you want. A neglected alcove is just waiting to be transformed into something more practical and building in a home office or some home office storage just makes sense. You can actually DIY this home office storage idea yourself really easily, just check out our step-by-step guide to how to create an alcove office

Want more ways to make the most of those awkward alcoves? Check out our feature dedicated to alcove ideas

Home office storage built into an alcove

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17. Create a walk in library 

A truly extra home office storage idea is to build a walk-in library, like a pantry but for your books and work stuff.  Obviously in this gorgeous home, there was a small room conveniently already built onto the side of this massive home office, but if you are blessed with smaller proportions, you could build a stud partition wall in your current set up to create a similar (if not slightly less grand) effect. 

Home office storage by Neptune

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