4 big ideas for making the most of your small home office in 2018

Think outside the box and get the most from your home office space with these tidy tips!

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Home offices are growing in popularity thanks to flexible working practices and the stylish spaces we seen on Instagram and Pinterest. Here are some stylish ideas for home offices that are perfect if you are short on space.

1. 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. 

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This dressing room doubles up as a home office thanks to the freestanding mirror that can be easily moved to make way for a laptop

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.

2. 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 difference elements of the space so it feels more intentional than makeshift.

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Use compact, flexible elements to convert your space with a drop-down desk that needs no leg room and minimal wall space. Pair with an adjustable chair and modular, freestanding storage for the perfect compact home office  

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Creative bespoke joinery makes use of awkward areas to form extra storage. Here, a desk and shelving provide workspace in the living room

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Low profile desk options are available to help provide functional and stylish workstations in the smallest of spaces, like in this London flat  

3. 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. 

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These hidden desk and storage spaces open to create individual workspaces in this London family home

4. Create an unobtrusive space

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Glass desks are perfect for those looking for an unobtrusive look, as seen in this cottage renovation

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.

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