Small Home Office Solutions

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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.

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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.

plant on desk

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.

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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.

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Winsome Wood Rochester Console Table

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.

Pinterest Ideas

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!

(Updated 10/2/2018)

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Best Wall-Mounted Desks

Best Wall-Mounted Desks

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Space Saving Wall Mounted Desks

(Updated 10/2/2018)

More and more people are starting businesses and side-hustles or opting to work from home (at least part of the time).

When you live and work in a small space it’s important to be able to concentrate on the tasks at hand without sacrificing comfort.

That means you’ll want a workspace that’s big enough for all the tools you need to accomplish your daily goals, small enough to fit in a small room or corner, and comfortable enough to ensure that you’ll work without feeling cramped.

That’s a tall order! Wall-mounted desks are brilliant space-saving options.

Okay, I’ll confess…I live in a small house and my desk is in my laundry room. I guess it’s supposed to be the counter where you fold clothes when you take them from the dryer but it’s my desk! It is wall-mounted so I’m counting it as a space-saving desk choice for this post!

I’m on the road for another couple of weeks but I’ll post a picture of it when I get home.

My 4 Best Space Saving Choices

These four great choices are all available at Overstock.com (affiliate).

#1 – By Porch and Den

Porch & Den RiNo Arkins Brown Mahogany Wall-mount Laptop Desk
This is the RiNo Arkins Brown Mahogany Wall-mount Laptop Desk.

It has sixty-five 5-star reviews!  One buyer said she uses it in the living room for her laptop but she intends to purchase another …

 “…for my vanity area. My lighted makeup mirror fits well in in this desk. The cubbies are perfect for cosmetics and supplies…”

With five cubbies, a corkboard, a bill organizer and a drawer, there’s plenty of storage.  The desk top measures 24-3/4″ wide and 13-1/2″ deep.

#2 – By K and B Furniture Co.

This is a beauty, isn’t it? It’s such a space-saver but works like a typical stand alone desk.

K and B Furniture Co. Inc. Wood Wall-mounted DeskThis wood wall-mounted desk folds up and out of the way when it’s not in use. It has a generous work surface that’s 30″ wide and 18.5″ deep.

It’s made of wood and comes in either a black finish (shown) or a white finish.

One reviewer said this:

Instead of working on the dining room table, I needed a fold up wall desk by the dining room window.

#3 – By Harper Blvd. 

Harper Blvd Shaw White Wall Mount DeskThe Shaw desk by Harper Blvd. is available at Overstock.com. It’s got a pull-out tray for a keyboard; it has two generous textured drawers and an outlet for cords.

It’s designed with a slight Scandinavian flair,  a white finish and brushed nickel hardware.

This desk can be hung at whatever height works best for you…a number of people like a standing desk and this would be ideal for that. You might want to have a counter-height stool, as well, so that you can either stand or sit.

If you want to use a desk chair, go ahead and place the desk on the wall at an appropriate height.

#4 – By Ameriwood Home

Ameriwood Home Jace Wall-mounted Desk

The Altra Jace Wall-Mounted Desk is a modern style desk that almost looks like stand-alone furniture but it’s not.

It’s wall-mounted and it has a very generous work surface. There are six open shelves, a large top shelf, and a lower shelf that will be perfect for storing your power cords and to store reference books.

It’s available in a light walnut finish or an espresso finish.

There is a suggestion that you should have help putting it together. That makes sense since it’s a larger wall-mounted desk than most.

 

Small Space Home Office Solutions is another post I’ve written with additional suggestions for creating home offices in small spaces. Check it out and let me know in the comments if any of these suggestions will work for you.

I’ll post new ideas as I come across them.

Thanks for stopping by.

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