A home office is a necessity for anyone, even if you are not self-employed. You need a place where you can keep track of bills, taxes and other important documents and expenses related to your home. Most certainly, you also want a private space where you can work on the computer, talk to friends and family over Skype and check your email. However, for people living in small homes, having a whole room reserved for a home office is physically impossible. This is why you should be creative in identifying the space you can use and picking a layout which makes the best use of this space. Today we will show you 10 smart layouts for home offices from all around the world.
#1 The Stand Up Desk
Sitting down all day long is bad for the health. Living in a small apartment makes it difficult to find an office chair fits the available space. Put these two sentences together and the logical conclusion is that you should create a stand up desk. It can be fitted flush against the wall and help you do your work 0r pursue your hobby without creating extra clutter in your tiny home.
#2 Take Advantage of Long and Narrow Rooms
This layout is extremely effective: it puts to work a rather narrow room, which was not adequate for a bedroom or living room. Thus, by installing the desk along the wall, it offers a generous space for the computer, books, folders, office supplies and any other items which you may need in your home office.
#3 Office – Living Combo
People living in small houses have learned to create multiple purpose rooms, such as bedroom and nursery, kitchen and dining room and, in this case, living room and home office. The desk and working area can be easily integrated into the decor and style of the rest of the room, yet you can feel the subtle transition from one area to the other in the room.
#4 A Classic Approach
The desk placed right under the window, with many drawers and pigeonholes for documents and office supplies is a timeless classic layout which you can admire in famous writer’s memorial houses. It is a cozy and space saving way of arranging an office and it helps you take advantage of natural light as much as possible during the day.
#5 A Cozy Place Under the Stairs
Instead of a cupboard under the stairs, or a mudroom, you should consider turning this awkwardly tight space into a home office. With a little construction and redesign work, and a clever layout of shelves up the walls, you can have a quiet and cozy place just for yourself to fill your tax returns or make online payments.
#6 Make Corners Useful
This modular desk is a popular model in furniture store because more and more people choose to arrange their home office in a corner of the room rather than taking up valuable place in the center of the room. Plus, you get to save electricity by having your desk close to the window.
#7 Repurpose a Walk-In Wardrobe
The tight space is put to the best use by installing pull-out drawers and cabinets up the wall, leaving the small floor free for the office chair and computer desk. This layout feels quite comfortable, even though the actual available space is very small.
#8 Reception Style
Each office building has a reception desk which is designed as an integral piece of furniture comprising desks, shelves, drawers and sufficient space for the employees to do their work comfortably and ergonomically. A reception desk style layout is just what you need in terms of layout for a small room: it is compact, takes up little space and looks very modern and stylish, as well.
#9 Functional Chic
This beautiful home office has a smart layout, which takes up space only around the corner and up the wall, and it is extremely beautiful in its simple design. The room feels light and spacious thanks to the all-white furniture.
#10 Cubby Galore
Like a busy bee, this woman has created her own hive of cleverly arranged cubbies, and there still seems to be some space left for a few more pieces of furniture up the wall. This modular layout is extremely useful in tiny studios where you are forced to use a small nook as your home office.
As you can see, with a little creativity, it is possible to find layouts of home offices which can fit even the smallest and most difficult areas. Good luck!