Having a small space doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a decent home office. Don’t let the lack of square footage discourage you from creating a fully functional home office space.
If you have an unused narrow wall or a small recess in your home, consider these ideas to maximize every spare square inch of it towards creating an efficient and beautiful home office.
- Think vertical – Take advantage of your narrow wall’s height. You can use the following vertical storage ideas:
- Install shelving that attaches to the studs of your wall. This nifty white 24-inch floating wall shelf from AmericanFlat is a good place to start.
- Mount a sturdy vertical file sorter to store, organize, and have easy access to your active files. This ten-pocket vertical file folder and organizer from Headif will free up a great deal of desktop work surface.
- You can also use solid and stylish wall hooks that will keep your sweater or coat off the back of your office chair, like this handsome farmhouse-style five-hook wall rack from Amazon’s own AmazonBasics.
- You may not want to bother installing shelves or drilling may not be an option, especially if you live in a rental home. Thus, the alternative is to purchase a suitable desk that comes with built-in shelving. This wood desk with shelves from TSSCY features a simple yet classic look.
- Forget the big desk – Everything is getting smaller, even in offices. Nowadays, you can keep almost everything pertaining to your work – documents, photos, portfolios, presentations, blueprints, etc. – on your computer or laptop. So, why bother with having a large desk that will take up a lot of valuable space? Besides, big desks are so passe now. Instead, get yourself a small workstation, a small file cabinet, and a pencil drawer. These things will do enough to create a basic, but efficient, home office space.
- Have adequate (and stylish) lighting – Regular overhead lights may illuminate your desk, but they also create shadow everywhere else. Replace them with LED track lights, like these gorgeous cinema track lighting kits from Quoziel. You can go for recessed LED lighting, such as this great option from Lithonia Lighting, which comes in different colors. Purchase a small LED desk lamp, too. This desk lamp from TW Lighting also functions as a mobile phone charger. Steer clear of floor lamps that will take up much-needed space.
- Choose your color scheme – The right color schemes do actually work. Not only they create the ideal look and atmosphere for your little home office, but they can also help boost your productivity. Do you want to paint your home office nook with colors that associate happiness, optimism, and creativity? Or do you prefer colors that will help you feel calm, comfortable, and focused? The choice is up to you.
- Get your monitor to swing – Sometimes, looking at your computer monitor in only one direction for extended periods may strain your eyes and neck. Why not make your monitor more mobile by installing it on a desk monitor arm? This way, you can easily adjust your monitor’s position when you feel like you need to look at it in another way, or you want to make way for more desk space. This monitor arm from Ergotron adheres firmly to the edge of the desk, which also makes it an excellent option for renters.
- Manage your cables – Nothing slows down productivity than an office space that’s cluttered. The last thing you want to end up with is getting stuck in your small office space and figuring out which cable you have to unplug. To avoid such a problem, label your cables at both ends. Use cable tags, such as these colorful labels from Mr. Label, to help you identify cables more easily. Or simply use a black Sharpie for white or light-colored cables and a silver Sharpie for black cables.