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 nook in a living area, bedroom or hallway, 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. Flexible options
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.
String adjustable desk in white, £1,541, String Works storage unit In white, from £324, String System wall storage in grey, from £42, all from Skandium
2. A place for everything
A computer and 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.
The timeless Leather Stationery Box, available from Life of Riley has three drawers and six compartments, ideal for storing paper and writing accessories. The two Brass handles make closing the box easy. 38cm x 22cm x 24cm, £325
3. 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.
Maximise every centimetre of space by using floor to ceiling space, and reduced depth shelving to maintain a spacious yet balanced look. The modern classic Midsomer in painted pure cream oak, paired with the Textura modular shelving collection from Crown Imperial Furniture can be customised to fit your storage needs
4. Make it 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.
This office sits at one end of the living room in Rory and Louise Corrigan's family home. The couple asked interior designer Claire Hammond to come up with a design for a stylish work station, which was then made by Manor House Design
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5. Mix it up
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.
Sorrento fitted home office in oak, from Hartleys
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