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.
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 creative 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 Altra Parsons Study Desk with Drawer is an excellent example of multi-purpose furniture that’s perfect for small spaces.
What’s great about it is that you could place it flat against a wall to use as a desk.
Or place one short end against the wall in which case it would be a perfect small dining table, too, with a chair on either side.
Try using it as a sofa table, too, if the sofa is placed in the middle of the room.
So there you go…some simple but effective ways to create an office or study space in a small room.
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.