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How to Create a Small Office at Home
Don't think you have the extra space for a home office? We are here to say, yes you do. A little creativity and perhaps some elbow grease like that applied by Marion Alberge 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.Continue to 2 of 28 below.
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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.Continue to 3 of 28 below.
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Sit or Stand Workstation
Sitting on your bum all day is not great for your health that is why we applaud this DIY corner workstation by a Beautiful Mess. In a nutshell, their 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.Continue to 4 of 28 below.
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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, when it is time to quit working shutting the door keeps the office out of sight.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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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 6 of 28 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 it, 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.Continue to 8 of 28 below.
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A Family Office in the Hallway
When a client needed a family office in their home, interior designer Carly Callahan put unused space in their 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.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Storage Lessons From a Tiny HouseContinue to 10 of 28 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, midcentury-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.Continue to 16 of 28 below.
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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 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 midcentury-inspired light fixture.Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Clever Bookcase Desk
We just adore stylish storage ideas. Here 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. We also appreciate the mismatched chairs that contribute a sense of playfulness.Continue to 18 of 28 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.Continue to 19 of 28 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 added cream, gold and brown to the color scheme. Our favorite pieces of furniture include the small bench with Lucite legs that seemingly disappear and the gold-backed office chair that is a perfect mix of function and beauty.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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One of our favorite pieces of small space furniture is the ghost chair as seen in this home office nook by interior designer Jessica Buckley. 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.Continue to 27 of 28 below.
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Wall Mounted Monitor
Yours truly loves her desktop computer because it has a ginormous screen. But I got to admit; the darn thing takes up most of the space on top of my desk leaving very little room for anything else. That is why this tiny home office by Havenly caught my eye. The wall-mounted monitor is an elegant solution that frees up space.Continue to 28 of 28 below.
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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 desk built for two custom made. 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.