How to Squeeze a Functional Office Space into Your Tiny House
Remote work can be difficult to imagine in a tiny home. You hardly have room for a sofa, let alone an efficient and functional workspace! Fortunately, many people have found inventive ways to pursue remote careers out of their tiny homes, and you can too. All you need is a comfortable place to sit, a surface for your computer, and some smart storage solutions to keep work-related clutter from piling up all over your home. Check out the following tips to create your own compact workspace!
What if you don’t have to create a home office space at all? According to Home Advisor, a recent shift in home office trends has blended the office environment with the rest of the home, offering more flexibility to remote workers. You might be happy following this trend and working from the couch, kitchen table, or a pull-out desk in your living room. If you decide to do this, consider creating some kind of hub in your home for storing office supplies and charging your work devices—a magazine rack or empty shoe box works well for keeping your cords organized.
Find a Cozy Corner
Some people prefer to work in a dedicated office space to draw a line between their work and home life. If you live in a small home, take advantage of any space you can find to squeeze in a desk. A corner of the living room or an empty hallway space might work well. You may even be able to fit a desk into a nook under the stairs or right beside your bed where it can double as a bedside table. Consider rearranging your furniture a bit to find the optimal desk placement—near a window is ideal! If you share your home with other people, get a room divider so you can avoid distractions while working. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting at this desk, make sure you get a high-quality, comfortable desk chair as well (quality chairs are available for under $80).
Repurpose a Closet
If you’re blessed with some empty storage space, consider turning one of your closets into a little office area. All you need to do is remove the closet door and get a desk that fits the space. Keep any closet shelving above your desk for storage. You can make this area more inviting by painting the walls and hanging some decorations or a white board. Since closets are typically dark and void of natural light, install some overhead lighting and get a good desk lamp. According to Livin Spaces, inadequate lighting can hurt your productivity and even cause headaches and eyestrain!
Use Vertical Storage
Make the most of the vertical wall space around your desk for functional storage. According to Your Business Coaching Club, keeping clutter off your desk is essential for productivity and can even help you feel less stressed during the day! Unless you’re setting up your office in a closet that already has shelving, consider adding some floating shelves above your desk. Besides storing office supplies, you can use these shelves to display motivational items, books, and indoor plants. A houseplant or two can really freshen up a small office space and help to create a calming and inviting atmosphere!
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to set up an office space in your small home. In fact, the smaller the space, the less stuff you will need to buy! Whether you decide to work out of a bedroom closet or at a folding desk in the living room, take the time to set up an organized and attractive space that makes you feel happy.
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