Small Space Solutions: Home Offices
February 23, 2012
One of the comments I received last week was to write about ideas for small space living, so today let’s talk about work spaces and home offices. So much of what we do now is online compared to 20 or even 10 years ago, it seems having a little place to set your laptop or store your desktop is an absolute must in any home.
Absent the luxury of an actual room to turn into a home office, there are many other ways you can pull up a little horizontal space to catch up on your email, do your online banking, or better yet, blog! So where do you squeeze in a space for a home office where there is none? Here are ten ideas.
1. Contained Office. A tall computer hutch is a great way to use vertical space to pack all things office into one piece of furniture. Consider customizing one you already have with bulletin boards and a pull out desk (that’s what we plan to do with our family room’s armoire – build a family computer station where kids can be supervised and do homework too.)
Stylish secretary cabinets are also useful for a quick pull down desktop.
The best part about these furniture solutions is the benefit of closing it up out of sight when you’re done working, for when guests come over, or to simply to hide it away at day’s end.
2. Clever Cucinas. The kitchen is the heart of the home where much time is spent with friends and family. Who needs a home office when a little cabinet space can be sacrificed to a compact work station that allows you to get caught up as dinner simmers on the stove.
3. Creative Use of Console. Think about snagging a sofa table or console that lacks a bottom shelf, so you can turn it into a mini desk behind your couch and pull up a chair. Bonus, you can update your Facebook status while you can catch up on your TV time too.
4. Bedroom Sharing. Steal a little space in a guest room for your office – and make the desk part of the decor.
Or borrow some space from your master bedroom to pull up a desk under a window.
5. Reevaluate your Bookshelves. If you have a series of two or more free standing bookcases and a little wall space to spare, why not create a little shelf in between for your office? Use the neighboring bookcases to corral your office supplies, chargers, and memory storage devices.
Or follow Amy’s lead and grab some shelving that also acts as a mini office like these do with a deep workstation where you can pull up a chair.
6. Keep it in the Closet. Yep, you’ve seen it before, those clever souls who turn a closet into a workspace, a completely brilliant solution to create a mini “room” inside just a few square feet.
7. Fill a Niche. Perhaps there’s a little unused corner of your casa that could be better used as a small workspace. Tucking a little desk and bulletin board into a niche is a fantastic way to create an office space where there was none.
Any underused part of your home like that extra space under a staircase can become a home office.
8. Small Scale Desk. If you love the idea of sitting at a desk, look for one that’s smaller in scale and doesn’t take up much real estate.
A nice looking desk that complements the rest of the room’s decor will be more seamless than a modular from an office supply store.
If you have the space, tuck a small scale desk into a foyer or hallway.
Have you considered building your own? There’s always the option of a wall mount work surface like this tabletop repurposed into a floating desk.
Or this mini laptop desk – building instructions here.
9. Dining Table Work Zone. Make your dining table perform double duty as a work station by afternoon and dining table by morning and night. Keep nearby office supplies tucked away in close cabinets for quick access.
10. Dedicated Drawer. And how many of us pull up our laptop at the breakfast table? *Raising hand* Just about everyone I know with a laptop does this, so consider the easiest small space solution – dedicate a kitchen drawer to office supplies so you have all of your needs right there next to your favorite work zone.
Where do you carve out a little space to do your daily computer work? Got any more clever small space home office solutions to share?
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