31+ Home Office Design Ideas and How to Work with a Small Space

Working from home has become pretty popular in recent times, but not everyone has a big room to work in. But that’s not a problem! A small space doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or functionality. Rather, a smaller space can perhaps challenge your creativity and be a reason behind a spark or a barrage of new ideas.

But can a small home office be affordable? Why ever not!

Some of the budget-friendly ways to sport a comfortable and stylish workspace can be to repurpose existing furniture or shop at thrift stores and garage sales for second-hand, beautifully crafted, artistic pieces.

Another cost effective option is to perhaps build your own DIY desk or feature pieces, using wood from used crates, and other places. Also smartly making use of natural lighting can also decrease your overall cost of buying lighting features on the short term, and saving on your electricity bill on the long term.

Anyways! Here are 31+ fun home office design ideas to spice up your workspace, while maximizing on the tiny/minimal space available.

  1. Wall Art: Add colour to your walls with vibrant, unique, and beautiful pieces of wall art to add “personality” to your workspace, and to your room overall.

  2. Greenery: Plants can have a great effect on the indoor atmosphere. They don’t only add a touch of greenery to the workspace but can also be the reasons for boosting the mood, productivity and vibe indoors.
  3. Creative Storage: Think outside the box and build/find storage options that double as decor, like stacking storage boxes or hanging shelves. (You can’t obviously stack up boxes while being inside them.)
  4. Corner Desk: Utilize an unused corner by adding a small corner desk that can fit perfectly in really tight spaces. A corner desk doesn’t have to be symmetrical, or having a squared corner. It can even be curved! Or triangular.
  5. Multi-purpose Furniture: Opt for furniture that serves more than one purpose, like a storage ottoman that doubles as a seat or a desk that folds up when not in use. There’s the saying after-all (although not necessarily true now)! If a man’s desk lies tidy, then look in his draw.
  6. Fun Lighting: Add fun lighting options like string lights or a lava lamp to generate a unique and interesting vibe in your workspace.
  7. Creative Desk Chair: Choose a desk chair that complements your decor, like a colourful ergonomic chair or a funky vintage chair.
  8. Custom Shelves: Have custom shelves built to fit your small space and add extra storage and style to your home office.
  9. DIY Corkboard: Build a corkboard by painting a sheet of cork and framing it, giving you a stylish and practical place to pin your notes and reminders. Speaking of notes and reminders, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog; We’d love to have you as a reader!
  10. Colourful Accessories: Add pops of colour with colourful office accessories like staplers, tape dispensers, and pen holders. Now this isn’t for everyone. Colours are subjective. And if you’re going for a clean, minimalistic, and cool grey theme, you might want to consider not having the clutter.
  11. Huge Funky Mousepad: While this might not be for those who don’t use mice or mousetraps (why is it that not micetraps now…) having a huge mousetrap – sorry – a huge funky mousepad can bring a ton of character to your desk.
  12. Filing Cabinet: Consider a small filing cabinet that can be tucked away under your desk, giving you storage space without taking up too much room, while of course giving your legs enough space to roam.
  13. Floating Desk: A floating desk is a great option for a small space as it can be mounted on the wall, freeing up valuable floor space, and looking very cool indeed.
  14. Decorative Storage Boxes: Use decorative storage boxes to organize your supplies and add a stylish touch to your workspace. Just don’t overdo the decorations; unless you’re having a party over. For which you’re going to have to invite us too.
  15. Bookshelf Divider: A bookshelf divider is not only functional but can also be a divider/separator between your workspace and the rest of your living space.
  16. Magnetic Board: A magnetic board can be a fun and creative way to display your to-do lists and inspiration. And if it were up to us, we’re have some magnetic darts there too. Who wouldn’t now!
  17. Rolling Cart: A rolling cart can be used to store your office supplies and can easily be moved around your home. Except of course if there’s very little space to roll around. Then you might want to strikeout this option out, or send the cart rolling down the stairs, out the door.
  18. Bold Wallpaper: Add some fun and personality to your workspace with bold wallpaper. Just make sure it has the word BOLD in it. That should be sufficient!
  19. Hidden Storage: Use hidden storage options like a storage ottoman or a hollowed-out book to keep your workspace clutter-free. And then, forget where you dropped your keys.
  20. Upcycling: Repurpose old items like an old ladder or a wooden crate to add a unique, cool vibe and to your personalized workspace.
  21. Mini Gallery Wall: Have a mini gallery wall with small frames and beautiful calligraphy. This can be great option if you’re going for a Arabic theme.
  22. Curtains: Use curtains to separate workspace and bedroom (if that’s where your home-office is), giving you the privacy and focus you need.
  23. Infinity Mirror by Fireside Atlanta: http://blog.freesideatlanta.org/2013/07/infinity-mirror-prototype-build.html

    Mirror (or an “Infinity” Mirror): Add a mirror to your workspace to generate the effect of more space and to reflect natural light.Also consider using an “Infinity” Mirror, which if you’ve never heard of before, is a mad cool artistic piece of furniture, whether you want to double it as a separate coffee table, or simply hang on the wall as a feature piece. Here’s a really cool picture we found of an “infinity” mirror:

  24. Chalkboard Wall: Paint up a chalkboard themed wall to perhaps bring in a bit of modern coffee vibe to the room.
  25. Reclaimed Wood Desk: A reclaimed wood desk can add a rustic touch to your workspace and maybe, could be a neat option to pair with a chalkboard themed wall.
  26. Tucked-Away Workspace: Using an unused closet or a nook to build a tucked-away cosy workspace can be a great idea to bring some “character” to the room.
  27. Make Use of Vertical Space: When it comes to home office design, don’t forget to make use of your vertical space. Consider adding floating shelves or tall bookcases to store your supplies and keep your desk area clutter free and clear. You can also hang artwork on the walls and shelves to add some eye candy, and have a more personalized space to work.
  28. Invest in Good Lighting: Good lighting is essential for any home office, especially if you’re working long hours. Maybe consider investing in a desk lamp or floor lamp to provide task lighting, and make sure your workspace is well-lit to reduce eye strain.
  29. Make it Comfortable: If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your home office, it’s important to make it a comfortable space. Invest in a comfortable desk chair, add a cushion to your chair, and consider adding a cosy throw, with some “character” to it or a rug to make the space feel more inviting.
  30. Add Some Colour: Paint up the walls in a pleasing colour. A lighter colour may make the room appear bigger, and certain light or dark hues can be visually easy to look at. Decorative accents to the paint work can be a great idea as well.
  31. Keep it Simple: When it comes to home office design, like the saying goes, sometimes less is more. Keeping your desk clutter-free, choosing a neutral or flowing colour palette, can make the home-office a place to actually get some work done.
  32. Make it Personal: Your home office can be a reflection of your personal taste and style, so ahead with it!, and make it your own.

In conclusion,

There are loads of creative and practical home office design ideas that can help you work effectively and efficiently in a small space. By following these tips and ideas, you could perhaps make a comfortable and inspiring work environment that goes snug with your needs and style.

Whether you prefer a minimalist and functional setup or a cosy and personalized workspace, there are many ways to make the most of your home office.

Just maybe prioritize your comfort, productivity, and creativity when designing your home office, and don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. That adds to the fun. And probably also to the bill at the end of the day.

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