What Are the Best Tips for a Small Home Office Design?

Sheri Cyprus

The best tips for small home office design revolve around creating a compact, tidy work space. Any clutter in a tiny office area is going to detract from the overall look as well as make a small workspace at home disorganized. Any wires from office equipment should be designed to be hidden from site. Designing specific areas to store all needed supplies as well as adding a decorative curtain or screen to close off the space can really help create an organized home office in a small space.

Clutter in a small work space can be distracting.
Clutter in a small work space can be distracting.

When a home office is part of a larger room, a beautiful folding screen can allow the work area to be closed off. This is helpful for a living room or bedroom when a relaxing, rather than work-oriented, atmosphere is desired. The screen should fit in with the room and home's overall decor style, so it may be wicker, metal or carved wood. Another great idea for a neat, self-contained small home office design is to convert a closet into a workspace, remove the doors and replace them with a stylish curtain.

Home offices should be designed with minimal clutter to promote working.
Home offices should be designed with minimal clutter to promote working.

This type of compact home office space should be designed to allow the curtain to stay open when the work area is being used, but closed when it's not in use. A desk can be added to fill the lower closet, and shelving to hold supplies can provide much needed storage for the upper section. Separate organizers such as file, magazine or paperwork holders, pen cups and various storage boxes can make the shelves both organized and tidy. Instead of a closet, a similar small home office design can be created by placing a desk with shelves against a wall and installing a curtain from the ceiling or using a room divider or screen to separate the workspace.

Home offices should be designed with equipment requirements in mind.
Home offices should be designed with equipment requirements in mind.

Other great tips for a small home office is to add some color or texture to the walls. Light pastel colors such as pale yellow or light blue can be soothing, while corkboard adhered to walls can add texture and be practical for displaying relevant information. Personalizing corkboard walls or a section of a wall with photos, artwork or magazine clippings can also add custom style to a small home office design. In addition to or instead of corkboard, another idea is to use blackboard paint to turn a wall into a chalkboard. Some colored chalk can allow to-do lists and other notes to be decorative and fun.

Calendars can be an important tool for someone working from a home office.
Calendars can be an important tool for someone working from a home office.
Pushpins can keep things organized in a small space.
Pushpins can keep things organized in a small space.
Home offices should always have a professional appearance.
Home offices should always have a professional appearance.
A desk clock is an important part of any home office.
A desk clock is an important part of any home office.
Noise canceling headphones can help minimize distractions while working from home.
Noise canceling headphones can help minimize distractions while working from home.

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anon251825

I love seeing tips on how to design small spaces, because no matter how big our homes and offices are, there are always great ways to improve the use of our spaces! We so often just expand to the spaces we have but I think we need functional! --SLW

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