Four Quick Fixes for a Small Home Office
A well-thought-out home office is the answer to so many different needs: it’s where the business end of a household lives, where kids do homework, and where grown-ups do adult-job things.
As a result, a small home office needs to satisfy many different requirements in a small footprint. We considered a few common challenges, and offer up simple solutions that are also simply beautiful in a compact workspace.
Challenge: “I need storage for all the things.”
We’d all love a big, beautiful bookshelf to hold office necessities, but those take floor space. Floating shelves can be stacked for a bookshelf effect but nestle neatly above or alongside your work space for maximum efficiency. Create a cool stacked effect with our Staple double wall shelves. Bonus: if you live in an apartment, you’re only putting one set of holes in the wall for essentially two shelves. Another option: get organized with Foshay wall shelves.
Challenge: “There’s not enough desktop on my desk.”
Rolling file cabinets not only store the essentials, but you can also pull them out during office hours as a spare on-the-side work space (and the perfect spot for your coffee). Calling it a day? Roll it back under your desk ’til your next shift. Another option: repurpose a chic end table, nightstand or console to stash office necessities nearby.
Challenge: “My corner office is the corner of my bedroom.”
In multipurpose spaces, you want your work area to be as unobtrusive and pleasing to the eye as possible so you can truly relax during non-work hours. Choosing desks with modern lines and slender legs minimizes their visual space. Consider our Berkeley desk as an option. Or go all-in on shutting up shop by choosing an office armoire that closes up completely, becoming a stylish cabinet like our Hudson armoire.
Challenge: “My hallway is my office.”
Just because your workday has to fit into a tiny space doesn’t mean you need to downsize your sense of style. Console tables like our reclaimed wood McKean table can tuck into improvised office areas because they’re shallower than a regular desk, yet work as a laptop or smaller-screen computer solution.