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The number of people working from home has been steadily increasing over the past few years. In 2017, alone 43% of employees working for businesses of all sizes report working remotely. This is an 8% increase from 2012 when the idea of working from a location other than a cubicle was still a new concept. Working from home is an especially inviting prospect considering how comfortable this space is. While you might not want use your entire home as an office, setting aside a separate place to focus on work will hopefully increase your productivity in the long run. We’re going to help you with a few ideas for creating a home office into any small space.
Whether you have a studio apartment or something a little larger if you’re only working with a laptop and a few reports then consider converting a folding desk, which would be attached to the wall, into a usable work area. When the desk is not in use, you can fold it down so that you have more space to move around the room. You can also put up hanging folder holders on the wall. This will provide vertical storage and use valuable space along the wall that would generally remain unused.
Do you have an inlet in the living room that you’ve been neglecting? Take another look. This area can be turned into a small separate office where you can put in a perfectly sized desk and office chair. Don’t think that you have to make this into a stuffy space though. A light and airy desk and vertical floating shelves can give this small office a lot of personality.
If using a separate room is not an option, then you can always create an office within a room currently in use. Turning a living room or bedroom into a multi-use space will help to give you one dedicated area to work. If you have others living with you who like to make a lot of noise, this might be a bit of an issue at times. Just think of this as an investment in your productivity, which will lead to an eventual upgrade in your office.
When you can’t go wider, sometimes you just have to go a little higher. If the thought of sitting at a desk in a stuffy office all day makes your stomach churn, we completely understand. Consider using a high bar as a desk where you can stand while working. This will help alleviate stress on your legs and reduce fatigue.
If you are having trouble finding the right furniture for your office then consider hitting up online resellers, flea markets, or used furniture stores. These are wonderful resources to find what you need. You can find unique and quirky odds and ends from these places as well.
Closets are not only great for storage, but they also have their use as a small office. This idea isn’t too far-fetched. Converting a closet into your personal office makes this an easy way to create a room dedicated to getting work done. While it might be small, it’s perfect for those who want to have more of an enclosed feel.
If space is an issue and you want to have a true divide between the living space and the working area, then using a partition is the way to go. Curtains and decorative screens are a great way to separate the room so that you can keep your office separate from the rest of the house.
Did you not find everything that you needed after going shopping? Consider swapping some of your old, unused items for newer or unique things with friends and family. There are also sites that are specifically meant for those interested in freecycling.
Everyone loves a good discount. You can find great accessories and office supplies on the cheap if you know where to look. Also, remember that these amazing finds can be used as stylish additions to your home office.
The hallway or foyer is often not where one thinks of setting up shop. However, this part of the home is perfect for adding a narrow desk and folding chair. Since you won’t have much space to work with width-wise, it’s better to always go narrow with the furniture. You can even include the folding desk idea mentioned earlier in this area to use the space more efficiently.
Don’t think that working at home needs to be like working in a cold, dark office. Placing your home desk near a window will allow you to reap the benefits of natural light and hopefully some fresh air. This will help boost your mood as you work and make the day fly by.
When working with smaller spaces, it helps to think about things a little differently. Your home office doesn’t need to be confined to only the sofa or dining room table. By going more narrow with the desk and higher with storage, you will make the best use of the room. Dividing it into sections will also give the effect of having an area that is truly dedicated to your office. There are plenty of other ways that you can create a cool office to produce your next big presentation. Just remember when working remotely that it’s important to work in an office that you feel comfortable and relaxed. Especially when it’s your own home.