More people than ever are working at home, whether they start their own business, or telecommute… And that can be pretty tough if you live in a small space. You can always carve out practical spaces in a small home, and make them look great with some clever decorating tricks. Keeping organized, reducing clutter to a minimum and using double duty furniture and spaces are the key to finding home office space in a small home. Check out these inspirational ideas for creating a small home office! (By the looks of these, mine needs some touches!)
Small Home Office Design Ideas
So when setting up a DIY office in a small home, you have to get super creative. Here are some great home office layouts sure to inspire you to make a space for this, today!
The ‘Tiny Canal Cottage’ has a great idea for those of you squeezing a small home office into the corner of a guest room, or even your master bedroom. Light, and plants. The mirror above her desk reflects the light from the window, effectively doubling it. This is so important for those of us who work at home! And add plants for life, my friends. They remind us that there is still a beautiful world out there after we finish those spreadsheets. 🙂 And, they clean the air you breathe in, all day long!
‘Tidy Little Tribe’ has a tutorial on how to turn a closet into a small DIY office space. This means you don’t have to “find” a bedroom or an unused corner. It also means that if you can leave the doors on, you can close off any clutter at the end of the day. But, you sure don’t have to, look how pretty!
Here is another ‘cloffice’ by ’Nesting with Grace’. This small home office design idea is gorgeous as well as practical. Wallpaper and stick on tile make it pretty, and they address the home office lighting with a hanging pendant. Lots of shelving for office storage and a cute chair make it perfect! We also loved the way they hung the monitor on the wall, freeing up desk space.
Next up from ‘Emily Henderson’ is this small home office idea that doesn’t require its own room. Seriously stylish office space, tucked under the window in the living room.
This ladder desk is a great small home office idea, because it takes up very little floor space. and has tons of storage! This office to swoon over is from ‘Chris Loves Julia’.
Modern Home Office Ideas
This modern home office idea also uses a closet to provide the space, but this closet becomes a room in its own right. ‘Outfits and Outings’ created a wood accent wall, then added substantial and sleek wood floating shelves for the desk and for storage space. You have to jump on over and check out the coolest way they handled the lighting situation! They used LED light strips under the shelving. You can also check out our tutorial on how to install LED strip lights that we used in our kitchen, over at TBD.
A floating desk in an unused nook, with wallpaper, modern art and plants. Who would NOT want to work here? This modern home office design is from ‘Milton & King Wallpaper’. We found a great tutorial for a DIY floating desk at ‘The Navage Patch’. They used butcher block counter for theirs. (You can get that cheap at Ikea!)
From ‘The Container Store’ blog, this small office idea is the simplest yet. Find an unused wall or corner, and install strip shelving. It’s inexpensive, and you can customize it any way you want. This allows you to fit your DIY home office into any space, but still gives you all the storage you need.
Ikea Office Ideas
‘Never Skip Brunch‘ made this gorgeous Ikea office pegboard and herringbone desk herself! Go check out how she made this glam but professional space.
Medina from ‘Grillo Designs’ made this super space saving DIY home office under the stairs. She used Ikea office filing drawers and their tabletops to create the desk, and tucked in a tiny floating shelf with baskets for storage. We love the wood accent on the wall!
So whether you are working at home, resolving to start a business and need space, are studying for a degree, or just need a spot to do the bills, these great small home office ideas and solutions for small spaces will make sure there are no more excuses! We think you want to jump right over to our post on Home Office Organization Ideas and DIY Desks…
Also, check us out on Redfin, where we give advice for creating office space in an apartment!