Many readers come to me asking for suggestions about setting up a home office in a small space. The fact of the matter is many people working from home may not have a spare bedroom they can dedicate to a home office setup.
It’s nothing to stress about. Even those who do have a dedicated space often prefer to work in other areas of the house. With a little ingenuity, you can set up your home office space just about anywhere.
My Own Home Office Space
While I might have an average-sized home with several opportunities for ample office space, I prefer my little nook. It’s a little smaller than a 7’ x 9’ space. It’s too small for a bedroom. It’s really more of a big closet. In fact, that’s why I believe it was at one time.
I love it because it has windows on three sides. There’s so much natural light. I’m willing to sacrifice the space for the view.
My Poshmark space is the same. It’s another big closet in a spare bedroom. The size is a little smaller than my office – 5’ x 9’ – but the limited space means I have to keep it decluttered and I have to get creative with storage.
Today, I wanted to talk about how you can create a designated workspace almost anywhere in your home. Let’s hop to it.
Find the Right Space
You may have the perfect corner picked out already, but there are a few things you need to consider. The first of which is electrical outlets. Nothing is worse than a dead laptop, a deadline and no juice! Make sure you have a plugin nearby to accommodate your devices. If you only have one outlet available, like me, you will want to invest in a trustworthy powerstrip.
Other things you will want to think about are lighting and distractions. I can’t work in the dark. Period. That puts me into naptime mode.
You will also want to have some distance, no matter how small, from loud noises and other distractions. An inexpensive screen may help block your view, cut down on some noise and provide you with some privacy. The below folding screen even has shelves!
Working from Home Desk Solutions
Your new desk is likely going to be your biggest challenge. If there’s no room for a traditional desk, you may need to get a little creative. Or, at least, consider a more compact version.
Vanities are a popular option. These often look like mini-desks anyway. They usually have a few drawers and enough room for a laptop or small desktop and a notebook or two. If you have one in storage or sitting unused already, why not repurpose it?
Speaking of mini-desks, with the minimalist approach being so trendy there are plenty of small, streamlined desks on the market. Tuck one behind a couch or chair and you’re good to go. I especially like those that have a little storage space.
I absolutely love those that hang on the wall and fold away when not in use. Unlike one that’s more like a card table, many of these have room for office supplies. Some even have little corkboards or whiteboards inside!
This can also be a great option for those who need to move their workspace around the house for one reason or another.
Rolling desks are available in so many sizes and functionalities from the simple bedside/couchside desk to a multi-tier workstation that includes shelves and space for a printer.
This was my main challenge for my reseller’s closet. What do I do with an ever-expanding inventory?
When you can’t go out, you go up.
Take advantage of some of the great inexpensive shelving systems out there. If you workspace will be in an area of the home that entertains guests, use decorative bins for storing items when not in use.
You can also make sure your furniture choices are as functional as possible. Almost everything can serve a dual purpose these days. Get a coffee table with drawers and storage underneath. Many ottomans open and can be used for storing files.
There are even coffee tables that transform into desks.