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Creating a Home Office

How to Add a Separate Work Space to a Small Home When There is No Room for Creating a Home Office

Whether you work from home, or just need a space to handle household duties like paying bills, filling out tax forms and answering correspondence — you could probably benefit from having some type of home office.

There are many advantages to having a space for working that is removed from your personal living area. In addition to providing a mental separation between work and home life, a home office can help you stay organized. The problem for many people is that they live in tight or crowded quarters, and have trouble finding a separate area that can be designated solely for work. The space you need is probably available somewhere, however. You just need to think creatively in order to find it. Let these small home office ideas guide you into creating a home office that is perfect for your space and situation.

  1. Create Your Home Office in a Cabinet: It may sound strange at first, but a cabinet can be an ideal place for a home office. A desk can pull out or fold out from a cabinet to create a comfortable work surface when needed, but closes away at the end of your work session. This arrangement keeps the work space separate from the home space, without taking up any extra room. Shelves above the desk can be used for additional storage. This example includes a file drawer below the cabinet.
    home office in a cabinet
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  2. Convert a Bookcase Into a Home Office: This tight, back corner used to contain a built-in bookcase, but was converted into a complete home office workstation with filing, shelves and desk space. All shelves, including the bottom shelf were removed with the exception of a single center shelf that was was retained at countertop height to function as a desktop/worksurface. The open upper shelves were replaced with a glass door cabinet that included under cabinet task lighting to create a more polished look. Removing the bottom shelves eposed the floor to allow the chair to slide under the desk
    home office in a corner
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  3. Put Under the Stairs Dead Space to Use as an Office: The awkward angled space under the stairs is often closed off and/or used as a catch all area to store junk you never use. Clear this space out and open it up to expose an angled, but usable nook style space that makes a perfect home office. Bookshelves can be anchored to the back wall at varying widths to follow the slope of the stairs, maximizing the storage potential for supplies and paper. The desk tucks neatly underneath it all. use space under stairs for a small home office
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  4. Consider Using a Hinged Slide Away Desk System: Hidden desk systems are usually a custom option, but the extra cost may be well worth the expense if you are tight on space. These types of desks are built on casters and usually pivot out from a credenza or other wall system. They are very easy to set up and put away. The cabinets and shelves in the credenza or wall system can be used for storage of papers and office materials.custom slide away desk
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  5. Put Your Desk In Your Closet: Even small condos will often have a substantial walk-in closet. This type of can often be outfitted with a desk without loosing any clothing storage space. Locate the desk under a window, or along a wall between hanging sections. If you integrate it into a closet system that utilizes double hang for shirts and shorter items, you can cut your linear hanging space needs down to accommodate the desk by maximizing vertical storage space. As an added bonus, a walk-in closet often makes a perfect office in households with young children, because it is usually located within the master bedroom, ensuring it remains a quiet space due to its location away from the areas traversed by the kids. Although part of the master bedroom, it is a different room than the sleeping area, maintaining a separation between work and rest. custom desk in closet
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Your small home office does not necessarily need to be located in a separate room, but rather a distinct area of a room.

You can create a small home office without having to construct a room addition. If you think creatively, you will probably find that the necessary space is already available in your home. Whether cabinet, bookcase, nook in a corner, under the stairs or behind the door — it just needs to be properly outfitted and furnished for work to gain the functionality of having an office in your home.