12 Inspiring Small Home Office Ideas

October 21, 2019

When you need to get work done, you may often wish for a space at home that allows you to focus on the task at hand. Many people believe they need to convert a large space into an office in order for it to be useful, but in truth, even a small home office is going to help!

Whether you work remotely from your job, freelance, or need to focus on work around your home or family, it’s essential that this space fulfil your needs. So we’ve rounded up the best small home office ideas to make the most out of limited space.

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12 Small Home Office Ideas

12 inspiring home office ideas

1. Convert a Closet

If you have a hallway or bedroom closet, you can create the perfect home office! Repurposing a closet to use as your office is a clever use of space. 

closet conversion home office

With a sliding barn door or a curtain, you can easily tuck your work away when it’s not in use. Use the existing shelving supports to place a flat board to use as your desktop. 

2. Claim a View

Make sure that your home office is a place you can look forward to working in. Setting it up in front of a window is a great way to give yourself lots of natural light. 

Home office by a window

Plus, a window provides you with a feeling of extra spaciousness, making it a wonderful choice for accommodating a small workspace.  

3. Corner Creativity

Any room in your home with a corner to spare can be turned into a perfect little home office. By setting up your office in a corner, you create a tidy little corner to get your work done. 

Craft Space Home Office

With this approach, any room in your home can handle the addition of your office, even a living room or bedroom!

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4. Set Boundaries

If you are incorporating your office into a bedroom, you’ll want to create clear borders around what is your working space and what isn’t. You can use flat pack furniture like bookshelves to help create these borders and provide extra storage. When placing your furniture, consider choosing an L or U shape to delineate these areas. 

bookcase in home office

You can also keep your desk along a wall to create a gap between each zone. If you are incorporating your desk into a bedroom this way, be sure to stick with the same colour palette so it blends visually.


5. Be Bold

Although a small home office doesn’t take up much physical space, it can certainly make a mark on your home with colour! 

Bold Interior Paint Colours

Choosing a bold colour for the walls, a chair or filing cabinet, for example, can make your office stand out no matter where you’ve set it up. Plus, with the expertise of an interior painter, you can give your home office space a new look in no time! You can also select brightly coloured desk accessories and boxes to make the office space fun and inviting.


6. Work Within Your Home

Take a look around your home for unusual architecture that could work for setting up your office. Support posts or half-walls could work perfectly as a space for your office. 

Unique Home Office Space

It also provides a great way to separate your space from the rest of the home. Use these spaces with low-profile furniture to blend into the space.


7. Make It Movable

In a small home, everything needs to be versatile. This is especially true for your office. Incorporate pieces that move, such as filing cabinets and chairs with rollers. 

Rolling Chair to maximise office space

This way, you can tuck your desk furniture away when it's not in use. With rollers, you can spread out when required. Even a slide-out tray can provide the extra room when you need it.  

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8. Double Your Space

Sometimes, you may want to work alongside another family member. In these cases, consider a longer desk where two people can work together in harmony. To create more space for walking and movement, set your long desk against the wall.

Double Your Home Office Space

This can also do double-duty if you have kids that need a space to do homework. For the best use of space, find office chairs without armrests so you can work closely alongside one another, or if your desk is against the wall like the one shown above you can opt for comfortable high stools.

9. Reach New Heights

Instead of spreading your desk out horizontally, extend it up! Take advantage of your high ceilings with floating shelves to store your office supplies and accessories. 


This allows you to use a smaller desk or table for your work station since everything goes up instead. This can make the most of a small area, and standing up to grab what you need can help keep you active.


10. Plans For Under Your Stairs 

Have stairs in your home? Then you likely have an unused or underutilized space beneath the stairs. Although small, this can be the perfect area to convert into your home office. 

Under Stairs Home Office

With a simple floating shelf added to give you a desktop to work on, the space beneath the stairs can be a great way to find room for your office. Add in a modern lamp to illuminate your desk space with plenty of light and make the most of your new office.

11. Laundry Room Refuge

Setting up a home office in your laundry room makes this a multi-purpose space perfect for working. Since this space is often tucked away, it’s perfect if you need to focus. If you have a folding shelf, it can share space as your desktop. 

Or set up a place to work to balance the demands of taking care of the home and your office work. Plus, being so close to your machines gives you a pleasant reminder to get the next cycle loaded. And it will always smell laundry fresh!

12. Wall-Mount Solutions

Not enough floor space to make it work? Then turn your attention to your walls instead! Hang a foldable shelf to act as your desk surface. 

Folding Desk

This way, you can make room for your office and tuck it away when it’s not in use. You’ll need to repurpose a chair from another area of your home when it’s time to work.



Whether you are up for a larger conversion project with multiple steps and a complete home renovation or want to focus on transforming an existing setup, you can get a gorgeous small home office space that will be perfect for your needs.   

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