We reckon the mission of small home office ideas is two-fold.
First off, to create a space in which you will actually get things done. And secondly, to avoid being hunched over a sofa or your bed.
A designated working space is crucial whether you work from home or manage a household. Our primary piece of advice? Find a nook — whatever space you can spare — and make it yours. If you’re squeezed for space, there are plenty of ways to make it work for you.
Small home office ideas challenge #1: the desk
1. Kitchen office desk
Wherever you can take advantage of awkward wall placements, do.
2. Under the stairs workspace
If your home has this small but valuable space, it’s the perfect spot for a wall-mounted desk.
Take the customisation further with shelves and storage that fit this area just so. This example from Ikea makes the most of this awkward, and otherwise unused, space.
3. Utilise your bedroom
Make your bedroom work double time as a small home office. Rather than just work atop your duvet, try to dedicate a separate space if possible.
4. Get a good view
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A workspace facing outward and enshrined in morning light beats any sad cubicle.
Check out writer Laura Jane Williams’ lovely at home workspace. Set up in her kitchen, it faces the garden and is bedecked in house plants and soft textiles.
5. Muji acrylic drawers
Muji’s super versatile acrylic drawers are stackable, combining minimalism and versatility.
Mix and match them into a personalised desk organiser with the double drawers (£24.95), stationery friendly 3 drawer unit (£29.95) or the wide 3 drawer box for papers and receipts (£24.95), or with any number of other drawers on the Muji website.
Make your own desk space
6. A simple Ikea hack
7. A desk for two
Work at home space for two? Space permitting, set your desks side by side.
Blogger Christine Amorose Merrill and her husband creatively set up their home office with the Ikea hack described above, customised to fit a shared printer.
8. Artfully layer decor
Photos, prints, magazine cuttings intermix with bits and bots in this feminine office space.
Check out the floral bust, wooden peace sign, and antique globe here. These are small home office ideas you can run away with — good decor should make you smile.
9. Use oversized artwork to amplify small space
This compact desk is made bigger with extra large artwork and tall vases.
10. Use mirrors to magnify your space
Use a classic lounge decorating tip for the office.
Popping a floor mirror behind your desk will enlarge any cramped corner.
11. House plants
Trailing plants, like ivy and string of hearts, practically thrive on their own and look lovely floating above a desk.
Mix up textures and plant pot sizes for a botanical look. Plants are proven to reduce stress, increase productivity and actually liven up the place.
Organisation with a touch of whimsy, pegboards with pops of colour are fun small home office ideas.
Pegboards are creative pieces of wall storage that have traditionally been regulated to garages and workshops.
Bring them into the office for a visually appealing and simple practical storage.
13. DIY pegboard
Follow this DIY pegboard tutorial from The Crafty Gentleman, which can be a lot cheaper if you’re up for the project.
14. Wire board
For a more stylish take on a noticeboard, affix a wire above your desk. Pictures, art, little notes to yourself or even a small strand of fairy lights will stand out on this clean display.
Steel Wire Mesh Noticeboard, Not On The High Street, £39.50
Install a hanging rod over your workspace to display bits and bobs. Make it even more functional by hooking a pencil cup or other small office items to keep within in easy reach.
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Renters rejoice, temporary wallpaper is simple and won’t hit your deposit.
For a spot of gold art deco, check out this real life home office corner.
And for a subtle look, press a geometric print up halfway up the wall.