Home offices are growing in popularity thanks to flexible working practices and the stylish spaces we seen on Instagram and Pinterest. But not all of us have oodles of room for a dedicated office. That doesn't mean you can't work a small home office into your home.
Our stylish ideas for home offices that are perfect if you are short on space will get you started – use our guide to designing a home office to create your perfect study, too.
1. No office, no problem: create an office 'zone'
Turn an area of your living room, guest bedroom or hallway into a low-key office using simple home office storage and an attractive office desk. You can get desks in every size and style, so it is not hard to find unobtrusive office furniture that will match your room and your existing furnishings.
2. Think dual purpose
When space is at a premium, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to be able to dedicate a whole room to a home office, so it’s worth thinking about how you can create multiple uses for your space. Here, it's achieved with a Mid-century style desk in a vintage-feel bedroom – the perfect homework spot.
Guest bedrooms are great place to start as they are frequented less often. You could add a small desk and sleek chair that won’t be obtrusive should you have guests come to stay. Add shelves above the desk area, and invest in some matching storage files to keep your work materials organised and avoid any embarrassment should you have any surprise visitors.
When it comes to multi-purpose furniture, a desk could easily double as a dressing table in a master suite with the addition of a freestanding mirror.
3. Choose a storage wall unit
This is another great option for multifunctional spaces. Fill a wall with modular shelving including a desk. To make the space feel less utilitarian, keep office supplies in pretty storage boxes, and use the shelves to display your favourite possessions too.
4. Opt for a loft bed
Space is often tight in children's bedrooms. Save floorspace by using the area under a bunk bed for a desk. It is the perfect place for a homework station.
5. Underused spaces - think outside ‘four walls’
No-one said that home offices had to be self contained spaces. Thinking outside of the four walls concept, if you have any wasted space (under stairs, large landings, hallways, kitchens or dining rooms), this could be the ideal place for your home office. You could even consider using paint, flooring or rugs to zone the different elements of the space so it feels more intentional than makeshift.
6. The alcove office
Alcoves are another commonly underused space. Sometimes too small for a wardrobe, TV stand or chest of drawers, if you can't squeeze in a small desk, you can easily use the walls to support a work surface and create an alcove office.
Use the full height of the space by fitting shelves and cupboards above the desk.
7. Consider hideaway options
If you don’t want your home office area to be visible 24/7, then consider what you can create behind closed doors. This hideaway approach will be a bespoke option, but it would be perfect for those who hate clutter, or those who only occasionally need a home office set-up, and will help maintain the clean lines of contemporary spaces.
8. Create an 'invisible' office in an open-plan room
If you want your home office space to be unobtrusive, a glass desk is a great option that will seemingly disappear when not in use. You could paint your desk or use coloured or patterned contact paper (there are some great marble-effect contact papers available) to give your desk an individual look that complements your existing decor. Spray paint is also a great way to ensure any new home office elements work with your existing space.
9. Go for a slimline desk
Plenty of desks incorporate storage, but in a small space you will want to find a slimline one which doesn't dominate the space. Go for a console desk with shallow desks right under the table top, or pillar storage in place of legs.
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