You don’t need a full room to have a stylish and productive workspace. Here are 5 ways you can incorporate a small home office in your living or dining area.
1) Behind the Couch
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a home with a spacious, open floor plan, you can create an office space just about anywhere. If you have a seating area pushed off to one side of the room, placing a work desk behind your sofa is an excellent use of your space.
Add a comfortable desk chair and table lamp and you’ll have a personal workstation that’s tucked into your living area without looking cramped or feeling out of place. Besides, if you get sleepy while you’re hard at work, you can simply utilize the nearby couch for a quick power nap.
2) Open Office Space
If you have a large living area and don’t need to worry about taking up space, carve out a specific area for a home office and let it be the focal point. It can be placed in front of a main wall or credenza, and this is a stylish and modern way to create a formal office space even if you don’t have the extra bedroom to convert into an office.
A large area rug is a nice touch to welcome a homely environment into your office space and delineate the workspace from the rest of your home.
3) Set Up a Mini Work Desk
Much like taking your computer to Starbucks to work on your next blog article, a small area that’s dedicated to honest work is all you need.
If you’re pressed for space in your home, consider a mini work desk instead of a full-sized desk. It’s a great way to fill unused wall space without cluttering up the rest of your decor.
Tuck a small table in an unused corner where you can set up your laptop or get some quality reading done. It’s a great option for busy living spaces that have lots of people motioning in and out. The adults can get some work done while the children work close by or switch it up and make your desk a designated homework zone.
4) Line Up a Workstation
Setting up multiple desks along an open wall is a great way to establish a set workstation that can be used by the entire family. If you’re a family with kids, you’re already stuck helping with homework each night, so this is a useful way to utilize your space and give each person a specific homework area that won’t take up too much space in your home.
To keep up with the design aesthetic in your living space, consider a set of matching chairs and desks to make your home office feel like home. A more modern look and feel is much better than sitting at your desk at school!
5) Optimize Shelving
Rather than rows of bookshelves stacked as high as the ceiling, opt for wall-mounted shelving to maintain storage while saving on floor space.
If you’re tight on space, there’s no need to turn your room into a full-blown office. A compact wall shelving unit can provide you just enough room to create a laptop workstation to get all your work done. If your workspace is smaller, it won’t feel as strict as going into the office downtown. That and your boss won’t show up at your house!
Pull up a chair and fill the shelves with plenty of books, files, and office supplies to create an organized workspace that is both stylish and functional.
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Alex, Your Furniture Expert