Ways to Set Up Your Home Office When You Have Limited Space

Working from home is becoming the new normal for most people today. The beauty of this new trend is that you can create your workspace according to your liking. Do not hunchback over the dining table or the sofa all day trying to get work done. With a bit of grease on your elbows and some ingenuity, you can set up a home office. And yes, even with limited space. 

Here’s how you can do it. 

1. Explore a room divider curtain

Use a curtain to mark your office area. Suspend a curtain pole from the ceiling, add some rings, and hooks and fix a curtain of your choice. You can also choose ceiling brackets and track rails to hand a curtain room divider. This option is easy to use because it can navigate corners and has no visible screw. They are versatile because you can extend the rail to cover a more extended space.

2. Use the guest room

When not in use, your guest room is a perfect place to set up your office. Go for a murphy bed to save space without compromising comfort. You’ll find some tall ones that could fold out of a wall with extra storage features.

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If your guest room is small, choose a murphy bed that folds out of a cabinet to use less space.

3. Find the right furniture

Pick space-savvy designs for your furniture and turn any into an organized workplace. Find a deck design that saves both vertical and horizontal space. For a desk, go for a slim working option with adjustable height and movable. You can use letter-shaped patterns to place a work table.

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For instance, a corner wedge would fit an L-shaped working desk. A convertible desk is yet another option for a limited home office space. Tailor the dining, coffee, or kitchen table to be an office desk when it’s time to work. It can be folded, extend to suit its dual purpose. Match your table with a sleek, comfortable chair to complete the set.

4. Think vertically to get storage

You can organize your files, books, and other stationery on a bookshelf that touch the ceiling. This design creates the illusion of a large office. Stacking your drawers maximizes available space, not forgetting the area below the desk.

Rather than have lots of paper documents, consider having digital copies. This way, you could use cloud storage for your files. Your office will be tidy, and there will be space for more supplies.

You can make use of the under stairs, your walk-in closet, balcony or kitchen corner as your storage area.

5. Use mirrors

Well-placed mirrors create an illusion of added space in your home office. To help maximize light’s reach, place a mirror placed behind a light source. You can set the mirror opposite the window to flood the room with light and reflect the outdoor view. Many small mirrors break up the reflection. It leaves one wondering if it’s a reflection or another place on the other side.

6. Be creative with lighting

Bright light is tiring for your eyes and could trigger migraines. On the other hand, dim light could deteriorate your eyesight. To block the glare, use blinds or shutters. Additionally, consider placing your desk next to a source of natural light. This could help boosts your mood and increases productivity.  

If you have the budget, supplement your primary light source with dimmable overhead light fixtures or floor lamps. This way, you could control the amount of light according to your need. Another option would be to have a table lamp on your work desk. 

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Explore designs, colors, and shapes of your choice. You can hang a bulb from the ceiling if you are saving space, or the available space is only a narrow desk. 

7. Use an organizer

Get a multipurpose desk organizer to place your pens, notepads, and phone. This way, you will keep all clutter at bay and have easy access to your essentials. Remember to kip a tiny paper bin to help keep neat and clean.

8. Think of the outside rooms

You can turn your garden room, garage, or the staff quarters cubicle into a home office. These can help you separate the main house from your work.

9. Maximize your walls

Outfit the walls with wallpapers, murals, and hangings to give a personalized touch. You can use a white background for a calming backdrop. It can also be a conspicuous site for displaying photos and pictures.

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You can also use the walls as a pinboard. If you love going green, you can make a gorgeous wall hanging planters by yourself.

10. Create a multipurpose work area

At times the room available can be too tiny to allow for the display of style. In such a case, you can blend your theme and work. Arrange your accessories and trinkets intricately alongside your files and laptop.

11. Hide the work desk inside a cabinet

An old cupboard can pass as useless. But not so if that’s what is available. You can open it up anytime you need it and close in your office supplies inside its shelves. Enhance your privacy by adding fancy functional locks and knobs to each of the drawers. Use the inside of the cupboard door, used as a pinboard. Use pins of assorted colors to attach to-do-lists, tickets, and receipts.

12. Transform a dividing wall into a workspace

If your living room has an open plan, you can use the dividing wall into your office. Secure a long narrow desk with plenty of space where you can place a laptop. The area is also enough to have shelves for storing stationery and other office supplies.

13. Create a work desk under the staircase

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There is usually plenty of underutilized room under the staircase. Fit a small desk and a simple shelf under the stairs. Make a comfy chair that matches your desk. To look the part, complement this kind of office with the rest of the room interior. Use internal lights to highlight some few selected display objects of choice.

14. Mind the floor

The floor bears your shuffling, treading, and the furniture weight. If you are using a wheeled office chair, consider having a small rug or carpet to protect the floor. Bamboo flooring is not only environmentally friendly but also attractive. For cemented floors, spread a carpet or rug to keep the room warm and absorb noise.

15. Have a charger, plug hub

Cables run back and forth in a room, making it look clumsy. Wrangle all Printer, phone, computer, and track cables and hide them. You can use binder clips to hold cables together. Or through a PVC pipe that is beautifully disguised with colored tapes. Do mount a cable organizer behind your desk where you can always hang while not in use.

16. Keep tidy

Keeping tidy may sound a no-brainer, but cleaning up gives you a clear mind to keep track of your schedule. Have a trash bin that you use to dispose of all the clutter in the office. Dust the desk, walls, and the floor.

These simple ideas can transform the most unlikely sites into an ideal home office at a small budget.

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