Location, location, location…
Whether you are self-employed, frequently work from home, or are a student, finding a place to work in a small space can be tricky.
- It needs to be easily accessible, able to contain your work or study necessities and relatively private, depending on the situation.
- You’d also need access to an electrical outlet in order to plug in a task light and cords for computer and printer, etc.
The little office in this picture is about as simple as it gets if you happen to have a staircase niche where you are able to tuck a small desk and chair.
This would also be do-able in a small closet. You could remove the doors…or not. Shelves above the desk could store supplies. Again, keep in mind that you’ll need access to electricity.
The photo below illustrates how to create a study or office space where there is no closet or under-the-stair niche.
This appears to be on a bedroom or dressing room wall as evidenced by the jewelry and a mirror hanging above the desk and illustrates that an area such as this can serve double duty. I think it would be particularly good for a student’s study spot.
Wherever you choose to create your small space office, it’s important to keep clutter at bay. Being organized will make working from your home office so much more pleasant and you’ll be so much more productive.
Be sure to make it a pleasing area with wall art and a plant or two.
If you have the room, put in a comfortable chair. If your work chair is a comfortable chair, all the better! I call my comfy chair my “thinking” chair. It’s where I go to brainstorm ideas. I can have a cup of tea and just let the creativity flow naturally. It works!
Placing a plant on your desk or in your office space brings life into the space. Plus plants are known for increasing air quality.
Speaking of live plants and how they increase air quality, check out my blog post about what to choose and why they’re healthy. It’s Best Plants for Small Spaces.
Ideally, your desk will face the door but if it doesn’t and you have no alternative, hang a mirror over the desk. That will serve two purposes: it will spread any natural light that you have and it will satisfy a feng shui principle for creating positive energy.
When you’re looking for desks, don’t just concentrate on traditional desks. The ideas here in this post illustrate that you can use a shelf or a small table with a stool or a chair and you’ve got that office niche. I do like a desk that’s a multipurpose piece.
This Winsome Wood Rochester Console Table with one Drawer Shaker is a great example.
What’s great about it is that it’s truly multipurpose:
- Place it flat against a wall to use as a desk.
- Place one short end against the wall and it’s a perfect small dining table, too, with a chair on either side.
- Try using it as a sofa table if the sofa is placed in the middle of the room.
- It would be an excellent serving buffet when you have guests.
I’ve got 32 pins on my Desks for Small Spaces Pinterest Board that you might want to check out. It’s amazing, once you get those creative juices flowing, how many ideas you’ll have!
Pinterest is an amazing resource for ideas. Look at my Small Space Solutions Pinterest Board, too. There are 173 pins there so you’ll likely find more suggestions that I didn’t put on the Desk for Small Spaces Board.
So there you go…some simple but effective ways to create an office or study space in a small room.
I’ve posted my choices for wall-mounted desks on my post Best Wall-Mounted Desks so stop there, too. You might just find the perfect desk.
Please let me know in the comments below how you’ve solved this dilemma. I’d love to see a picture of your small office.
Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned!