Small Space? 13 Creative Places to Fit a Home Office
So you don’t have a spare bedroom. So what? With a little bit of creativity and some DIY skillz, you can totally squeeze a home office into your space. It can be a daunting task trying to find the best way to accommodate a creative and inspiring working environment into your home, especially when you barely have enough room for a full-sized sofa. Whether it’s a closet that isn’t living up to its potential or a space under the stairs you didn’t even know existed, check out these 13 creative ideas for some mini office inspiration.
1. In the Attic: Instead of dismissing the attic as storage space, use the peaked roof to your advantage and fit a desk right where you won’t hit your head when you stand up. Take advantage of all the natural light for your desk and invest in a good coat of paint if your attic feels a little dingy. (via Style at Home)
2. In the Closet: It might be a lot to give up a closet, especially when you’re living in a small space, but if you work from home or are in desperate need of a distinct office space, the closet is a no-construction dream. Plus you can always use the space above the desk as closet storage. (via Apartment Therapy)
3. Find the Quirky Nooks: If you live in an older house or apartment, there might be a secret nook that you don’t even know about. This old dumbwaiter station was just the right size to tuck a desk and a computer for an office that isn’t in the way at all. (via Lonny)
4. In the Dining Room: Maybe you find yourself eating most of your meals in the living room or kitchen? If your dining room table doesn’t get that much use, you might want to consider turning it into an office. You could always tuck everything into a cupboard or bookshelf when you host those fabulous dinner parties. (via Apartment Therapy)
5. Built into the Bookcase: If you’re blessed with built-ins, make the most of their potential and add a slide-out desk top that disappears when not in use. If you don’t want to deal with construction, a fold-down or floating shelf uses the same idea. (via Lonny)
6. Under the Stairs: Honestly, what else are you going to do with this little space? Since all you really need is space for a laptop and a cup of coffee, the tiniest space under the stairs can be the perfect spot to tuck a teeny tiny office. (via Look4Deco)
7. In Plain Sight: Work-from-home types can benefit from getting things done in an open and comfortable space like the living room, but you’ll have to be careful about work boundaries since you’ll never really leave the office. (via The Glitter Guide)
8. The Bedside Office: Falling asleep at your desk takes on a whole new meaning if you put the office in the bedroom. While most would recommend keeping work outside of the bedroom, if you’re tight on space, making your nightstand work double-duty as a desk is a great solution. (via Kate Collins Interiors)
9. Behind the Sofa: The space behind the couch can sometimes handle a narrow desk without making the room look too crowded. The secret is to go as narrow as possible and probably go the full length of the sofa so you have as much workspace as possible. (via HGTV)
10. As a Window Seat: Seriously you guys, you can put a desk anywhere. Unless you’re doing some serious napping on your window seat, cut it a little short and add a tiny desk at the end. (via The Jungalow)
11. On a Wall: If you find yourself working mainly from your laptop and only need a desk for organization and filing, a wall system can be a great option. Pick a whole wall or just part of it to put everything you need while working. Add hooks for hanging objects and small baskets if needed. (via Better Homes and Gardens)
12. Next to the Fireplace: Got an awkward corner between the fireplace and a window? You could put a bookcase there, or maybe a chair, but both options leave you with a lot of wasted space. Tuck a tiny desk into the nook for an office that doesn’t get in anybody’s way. (via Apartment Therapy)
13. In a Corner: If you’re struggling to figure out how to decorate around structural columns in your apartment or studio, this could be a brilliant solution. It’s a corner office — get it? (via Apartment Therapy)
How do you fit office space into your home? Tell us about your creative home offices in the comments below!