Working from home is more difficult when your home is small. You may not have a spare bedroom or a bonus room, but still need some space to set up a home office. Here are 6 ways to create a home office when you have limited space.
Desk Under the Stairs
If you have a staircase with a nook underneath, it probably isn’t being used for anything except maybe storage. This could be the perfect area for a small desk and chair. This makes for a great minimalist office if all you need for work is your laptop.
Transform a Closet
An unused closet is another space that can be used as a home office. For a smaller closet, remove the doors first. Then fit a small desk inside. The desk may extend past the opening of the closet, which is fine. It still takes up very little space in the room. Look for a freestanding decorative screen to place in front of it when you’re done working for the day.
Create a Home Office in the Foyer
Your foyer may have some free space where you can fit a desk. If you don’t have a lot of people coming and going throughout the day, consider setting up your office space here.
A fold-down desk provides the best of both worlds. You have space to work that can easily be stowed away against the wall when your workday is over. Your desk won’t be taking up valuable real estate in your small home.
In the Kitchen
You may have extra counter space in your kitchen that can double as a desk while you are working. Perhaps you have a kitchen island or breakfast bar where you can pull up a chair and get work done. Your kitchen is probably only used for preparing food in the mornings and evenings, so you can use it as your office throughout the day.
Create a Home Office with a Floating Desk
Install a large floating shelf in any of the above areas to transform the space into an office. A floating shelf can be added under the stairs, in a closet, or in the foyer to create your home office. Just make sure to measure carefully before buying the shelf to make sure it will fit in the area.