With freelance jobs on the rise, more people than ever are working from home. If you live in a home that is limited on space, however, you may be struggling to carve out a dedicated area to help you focus and thrive. With the handy tips below, however, you can fit your dream home office into even the smallest of homes.
1. BUILD OR BUY A DESK THAT FITS PERFECTLY INTO YOUR SPACE
When you are trying to fit maximum functionality into minimum space, custom furniture can be a perfect solution. One option is to incorporate built-in desks into your chosen home office area. Because these desks are custom tailored, you can easily squeeze a workspace into a corner of your kitchen or any other available area of your home. If a built-in desk does not fit into your budget or home, you can also consider other compact desks that can add some personality and practicality to your small workspace. You can use a floating shelf to add a tiny office to your windowsill or even the most minimal alcove in your smaller home.
2. SHOP FOR HOME OFFICE DECOR COST A FORTUNE
For a smaller home office, it doesn’t really make sense to blow your entire project budget on decor and you don’t want to clutter up your new workspace. Clutter is a disaster for focus. So keep office decor minimal and look for budget-friendly ways to decorate your space. If you need a pop of color and stress relief, try adding a few houseplants or create a custom gallery wall using old postcards and magazine pages. You can even pick up dollar store frames and paint them, for an even cheaper way to add a personal touch to your workspace.
3. SET YOUR SMALL OFFICE APART FROM THE REST OF YOUR HOME
If you live in a smaller apartment or truly tiny home, you may not be able to find an entire room to use for your new home office. Still, you will want to give your new work area a look that helps separate it from the rest of your home. You can easily do so with a room divider, which can be made from shelves, creative screens, or even curtains. If you use the latter, you also have the advantage of noise absorption, especially if you use a heavier fabric. Some people also use paint to create separation, but if you are renting a space, you can also use removable wallpaper to accomplish the same thing without permanent damage.
4. LOOK FOR A LAPTOP OR COMPUTER THAT TAKES UP MINIMAL SAPACE
No home office is complete without the right tech, but when you are limited by space, you have to make sure any equipment is as compact as possible. A laptop is the most versatile solution for smaller workspaces, plus you can find mounted laptop desks that can help you save even more space in your home. If a laptop is just not your style, you can also look for compact PCs that will take up even less space on your desk. These can be a bit more friendly to your budget than the Mac’s compact desktops and pack just as much power for your work.
5. LEAVE NO AREA UNUSED WAHEN SETTING UP YOUR HOME WORKSPACE
If you are looking around your home and seeing no space for a new office, don’t despair just yet. You may just need to think outside the box and use a linen closet or smaller corner to set up a super tiny work area. If you have an outdoor area, you may be able to fit a small home office into your yard as well. Even if you are not handy, you can buy a prefab shed to add some square footage to your home, which will also give you enough space to create a small home office that will really make you want to spend more time hustling.
Living in a small apartment or home shouldn’t stop you from creating a functional home office. You just need to be careful with your planning and take the steps above to carve out a space you can’t wait to start working in from home.