Now we live in a largely digital world, a lot of us have the option to work at home from time to time. Even for those who don't, a dedicated home office space for 'life admin' or for the kids to do their homework is a great way to keep paperwork in one place.
Whether this is a whole room, or just a small home office in a nook in the living room, keeping this space tidy is crucial. Here is a gallery of home office storage ideas to guarantee a tidy desk and a tidy-ish mind.
1. Keep your 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.
2. Save space with multi-functional storage
Whether it is a spot for homework or colouring, it can be hard to fit a desk into a child's room. A loft bed with integrated storage and a desk is the best way to save space.
3. Choose modular office storage
Build an adaptable storage wall with floor-to-ceiling supports and brackets. Open storage systems like this 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.
4. Get an all-in-one office storage box
A computer and an office desk are not all you need for a productive day's work — don't forget all the stationery that comes with the job. A storage box with different slots for pens, paperclips and notepads will cut time spent rummaging around for a working highlighter pen, or a post-it note.
Keep a few essentials close at hand in neat pots on your desk, then spares can be neatly tucked away in a dedicated storage shelf or unit.
5. Go bespoke
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.
6. Make home office storage a feature
Make the necessity of storage into something beautiful with a feature wall of shelving. 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.
7. Choose a variety of office storage
Go for a variety of 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.
8. 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 integrated storage.
9. Opt for a foldaway 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.
10. Or a 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.
11. Build wall-to-wall storage
Where space allows, fill a wall or corner with shelving. 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.
12. Go for industrial style office storage
Storage inspired by the utilitarian furniture of workshops always offers plenty of space for all of your bits and bobs.
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