When you’re working from home without a traditional home office, it can be difficult to tune out the distractions of daily chores and household needs. Establishing a go-to work zone will help you regain that focus. Not convinced you have the room? Get inspire…
1. Create a “Home Office” Anywhere in the House
A well-equipped, organized desk can help establish focus and enhance productivity when transitioning to working from home or completing studies. Yes, a home office is a little luxury, but one you can afford even in a small space. If you don’t have a dedicated room, you can still squeeze one into your home. Reconsider every nook, corner, closet, or room—and don’t overlook the attic, basement, or the space under the stairs! Read on for 11 unexpected small home office ideas.
2. Set Up an Office on a Stair Landing
Put an awkward landing space at the turn of a stairwell or top of a staircase to work by situating a desk there. Just select a slim setup (better yet, custom-build a desk one to spec) so that the “office” is narrow enough that it’s not in the way for anyone trying to pass by.
3. Create a Kitchen Command Center
The kitchen is where all the action happens, so if you’re the cubicle type, this arrangement may not work for you. But if you’re a good multi-tasker—or need an afternoon homework station—this is where it’s at. This kitchen office utilizes dead space across near the fridge, and provides plenty of room to spread out. The chalkboard paint on the wall complements the playful, modern aesthetic.
4. Move a Desk into the Living Room
Love the corner spot in the office? There’s a certain advantage in camping out on the periphery of the room: an optimal vantage point, for one, and more privacy. When doing a walk-through of your house, consider any unused nook as a potential home for your office—whether or not it’s in a common area.
5. Set Up Shop Under the Stairs
If you’re truly space-starved, you don’t have the luxury of ignoring any unused square footage. Unless the area under your stairs is necessary for the structural integrity of your home, open the space for an office! In this room by IKEA, designers don’t waste any vertical space—wall-mounted shelving and rolling bins add smart storage.
6. Unclutter a Closet for Your Office Needs
If you’re blessed with more closet space than you need, consider converting a spare into a cozy office. After clearing it out, add shelving (like this elfa system from The Container Store) and task lighting, then settle in with a supportive chair. Remove the closet door to have it be an extension of the home, or keep it to close when it’s time to call it a night—the choice is yours.
7. Establish an Office in the Entryway
If yours is a busy household with members frequently coming and going, you need some resolve to set up an office in the entryway, as pictured here. But a mudroom, with all of its already-built-in storage, makes a lot of sense! If the space is narrow, start with a huge mirror: It’ll make the hallway feel twice as wide and invite natural light. Also, consider choosing a desk that’s part of a larger storage unit to help it blend into the room.