Setting Up A Home Office In A Small Space
Updated: Aug 30, 2019
More and more of the workforce is comprised of freelancers. In fact, freelancers are projected to become the majority of the U.S. workforce in the coming years. Many choose to work in coffee shops or shared office space, but what if you need a workspace at home? A home office needs to be a space you enjoy or else you won’t get much work done. Here are a few tips to help you create a home office in a small space.
Choose your space wisely. Not everyone has an entire room they can devote to office space. If the room serves more than one purpose, then you will need to plan ahead. Choose a (relatively) childfree zone and make sure your office space has windows. You won’t be able to focus in a playroom and you won’t look forward to work if you are stuck in a dark basement. Consider putting up a divider in a bedroom, devoting a corner to your workspace. A nook at the end of a hallway can serve as a wonderful home office. You may also consider repurposing a closet. Seriously! Even if you don’t have a walk-in closet or you do and you would never give it up, think about taking the doors off of a shallow closet and building in a desk and shelving. This is an elegant solution to maximize space in a smaller home. Personally, I feel it would also be wise to avoid being too near the kitchen.
A shed office is a popular idea on Pinterest these days. It is a complete office space removed from the house, which may increase productivity. While I love this idea, it is important to keep in mind that unless you have the cash to throw down on a new shed or are a serious DIYer, this is a costly and incredibly involved endeavor. Heating, cooling, electrical, and insulation will be necessary. For those who need a functional home office on a budget or have a yard the size of a postage stamp, this is unlikely to be the best option for you.
Thrift. Good news if you love thrift stores and estate sales! Rather than buying cheap furniture new, consider going to your local thrift store or hitting up weekend estate sales. You will find that you can get good deals on better quality furniture and supplies. It is easier, cheaper, and more fun than you might believe to find cool décor and organizers—think small planters for supplies! Get creative and find items you might be able to repurpose. Thrifting is an excellent option for those with limited space because it is low risk. If you have difficult dimensions to work with and a limited budget, thrifting allows you to find inexpensive items that you won’t be afraid to repurpose—a timid DIYer’s dream scenario!
Decorate. Again, you need to look forward to spending time in your office. Decorating is important. Framed quotes, family pictures, a cool tapestry, or a fluffy rug can make the space feel more cozy and inviting. I highly encourage you to leave room in your budget for paint whether that means refinishing and painting a desk or painting the walls. Color has a huge impact on the feel of a room and can make even the tiniest home offices feel bigger and more luxe. That being said, in a smaller space, you want to be careful not to overdo it. Colors that are too dark can be suffocating and you don’t want to be drowning in tchotchkes. Decorate a little at a time to find the right balance for your space.
Creating a home office in a small space and/or on a budget can be tough, but armed with a Pinterest account and a list of estate sales; you will be able to create a space that is truly special.