Don't think you have the extra space for a home office? Odds are that you do. A little creativity and perhaps some elbow grease is all it takes to carve out more room. So whether you are trying to squeeze in a small desk or a fully loaded workspace, these ideas will help you whip up a surprisingly stylish, small home office.
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Change Your Living Room Layout
Switching up the furniture arrangement in this small living room created the space needed for a home office. To get the job done, the experts at Style by Emily Henderson placed the sofa against the longest wall and then put the desk directly in front of the window. Doing so opened up square footage in the center of the space making the room feel open and airy instead of cramped and crowded.
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Sit or Stand Workstation
Sitting on your bum all day is not great for your health, so this DIY corner workstation by a Beautiful Mess remedies that. In a nutshell, this project uses inexpensive wood and bargain basement shelf brackets to transform an untapped wall into a wrap around, bar height desk that you can use standing. When it is time to sit down, pull up a bar stool.
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Turn a Closet into a Home Office
To make the most of the small space, the interior designer selected a narrow, low profile desk. The shelving above it makes room for books and a printer. Orange paint brightened up the nook with invigorating color. The best part is that when it is time to quit working, shutting the door keeps the office out of sight.
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Room Divider Curtain
You can carve out a nook for your home office using a curtain as shown in this New York City apartment by Sheer and Company. The fabric "wall" spans the width of the space. When closed it separates the work area from the living room.Continue to 5 of 27 below.
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A floating wall unit that spans the left side of this New York City studio apartment doubles as a desk with drawer storage. To make it blend, interior designer Noa Santos from Homepolish had the wall painted the same shade of white. A collection of framed prints also keeps the small workspace from feeling obtrusive by drawing the eyes upward.
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A Family Office in the Hallway
When a client needed a family office in their home, interior design firm Callahan Interiors put unused space in the hallway to work. An L-shaped desk optimized the square footage. A hanging pegboard turned a spot on the wall into a gift wrapping station.
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Storage Lessons From a Tiny HouseContinue to 9 of 27 below.
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Secret Home Office in Small ApartmentContinue to 13 of 27 below.
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Cute Home Office in a Closet
Here is another closet home office brimming with smart solutions. When creating the nook, Cara the blogger behind Gold Ala Mode, went with a leggy, mid-century-inspired desk with plenty of open space underneath for additional storage. The magazine racks on the wall create more room to stash stuff. Topping things off is a shelf for odds and ends.
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An Interior Designer's Home Office
A custom, 10-foot tall built-in is the workhorse in this tiny office nook by Vanessa Francis Interior Design. The ingenious storage unit conceals all of Francis' office essentials including a printer and modem. Making the functional space stylish was very important to the interior designer, so she went with two-toned cabinets. The cherry on top is the mid-century-inspired light fixture.
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Clever Bookcase Desk
If you're looking for stylish storage ideas, here is a chic desk frames bookshelves in a Paris living room by French interior designer Christophe Vendel. The gallery wall above it all pulls focus away from the workspace. The room includes mismatched chairs that contribute a sense of playfulness.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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The couple behind The Cow Spot blog turned a funky little bump out in their home into a small office drenched in sunlight. To make their space incredibly pretty and super functional, they hired a company to build custom cabinetry. The result is a workspace that conceals a surprise: the desks are adjustable so they can be used sitting or standing.
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An elegant desk turns a living room into a multi-use space in this San Francisco apartment by interior designer Lynn K. Leonidas.
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Entryway Home Office
A generously sized entryway doubles as a home office in a Swedish apartment seen on Alvhem. Next to the desk is a simple drawer unit on casters that keeps etceteras hidden.
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Two-Tone Paint Job
Rethinking a tiny storage room created space for a home office. To make the spot feel less like a large closet, the interior designers at Laurel and Wolf played up the sloped ceilings with a two-tone paint job.Continue to 21 of 27 below.
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Whether you call it millennial pink or rose quartz, pale pink walls are having a huge moment. The problem is, pairing the shade with the wrong furniture can make a room feel childish.
To make the shade work in this teensy home office, the interior designers at Alice Lane Home Collections added cream, gold, and brown to the color scheme. Notice the small bench with Lucite legs that seemingly disappear and the gold-backed office chair that is a perfect mix of function and beauty.
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A perfect piece of small space furniture is the ghost chair as seen in this home office nook by interior design firm Jessica Buckley Interiors. Because the seat is nearly invisible, it does not take up much visible square footage.
How much does the ghost chair typically cost? A budget version of the seat made from affordable acrylic usually costs less than $100, while high-end chairs cast from more impact resistant polycarbonate start at around $400.
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Home Office for Two
They wanted their workspace to feel inspiring, so they filled it with things that stimulated their senses including favorite books and houseplants. To keep things organized, they had a custom-made desk built for two. The front and sides of the desk pack several secret storage drawers. The smart piece of furniture also conceals four wheels so it can be moved around quickly.
Lastly, a comfortable office chair is a must when sitting in front of a computer for hours on end. These vintage-inspired, leather swivel chairs have built-in support features.