The number of home office units that are cropping up these days is a testimony not just to the way in which technology has allowed people to work from home, but also most likely the amount of work that some of us tend to take home whenever possible. Working at home is obviously rather different from working in your office cubicle and it tends to give you far more flexibility and at times allows you to get a lot more comfortable. While many new home owners are planning for a dedicated home office room, there are others that are turning the available little corner or space into a work station.
Simple home office with a dash of color on the wallsSpace is an absolute premium!
Contemporary home office in New York with sleek and clear lines
Got a little room under the stairs? It may be all you need, especialy if you can find a way to incorporate a bit of shelving! [from Kia Designs]
The modern trend is indeed all about ‘less is more’ and the philosophy is pretty evident in the way current set of designers and architects and their designs for contemporary homes. With clients also increasingly opting for the sleek, stylish and clean look that has well-defined lines, interiors of modern homes seem to be following the minimalism trend to the core. Home office designs are also following the same path and that is only understandable as they need to blend in with the already existing interiors or seamlessly amalgamate with the rest of the house.
Small home workstation perfect for teen bedroomClassy laundry room that also houses a daft work station to kill time productively!
Modern home office with sleek black corner tableGorgeous home office in Vancouver shouts out less is more!
Contemporary home office unit hidden behind the couchTraditional home work space for those cramped for roomTiny eclectic home office with loads of color
What about the desktop? Keeping it tidy is essential, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty! A vase of flowers and some glossy trays for containing currently-in-use items can nicely complement one another in a chic vignette. [from Camille Styles]
Does your kitchen have a built-in desk? If so, you may not be jazzed about putting office supplies on display where you cook. Consider a pull-down aluminum shutter to hide excess items, as shown in the gleaming space below. [from Korn Interior Design]
Here is a collection of minimalist home office designs that vary in shape, size and often are accentuated by unique shades, colors and patterns that give them much needed individuality. Designs showcasing the fact that inspiration is never too far away; which one do you like the best?
The undeniable fact of urban living spaces is that space is an absolute premium and every inch of it must be used to the optimum level. This is a trend that is not too surprisingly spreading to the smaller towns as well as there is a certain economic and ergonomic merit in such thinking. This demands home office spaces that are compact, do not take up too much leg space and blend in with the savvy layout of the remainder of the home. A demand that is fulfilled perfectly by current minimalist designs and office furnishings-
Remember–there’s room to make the space your own. Some prefer a minimalist look with lots of gleaming surfaces. For others, an office wouldn’t feel right without a true lived-in look. However you choose to organize your space, just make sure that you leave some room to let your personality shine. [from Lonny]
You might make it a point to purchase a few organizational items as you kick off your small office design project. Often, one or two pretty yet practical pieces can serve as an incentive for truly de-cluttering your space. I love the clean look of the Lacquer Office products from West Elm, shown below:
Ergonomic home office design idea in grayEasy on the eye and on resources as well
Don’t forget the personal touches, such as a string where pegs can help secure photos and special reminders to the wall. It’s the next best thing to a memo board! [from Housetohome]
Minimalist work station in beautiful and sleek black next to a fireplace
Did you catch our recent post on home office lighting? In that spirit, today we explore ways to make a small home office look–well, not so small! What do you truly need to make the space work? How can you keep clutter at bay? Any tricks for making your workspace seamlessly blend with the rest of your home? Read on for all the details…
Sleek and compact home office tucked under the stairsSpacious minimalist home office with black decorStreamlined modern office space in black and white
We now turn our attention to the home office nook–the compact space that occupies any hint of spare room in your abode. Got an empty closet that can be transformed into a workspace? Needing to buy a small desk for that compact corner of the room? I sure do! Here are some clever ways that design enthusiasts have incorporated a small home office into larger areas–we’ll kick things off with the compact modern work nook below. [from Slade Architecture]
And for those who want to disguise their home office areas, a built-in desktop that involves cabling and concealed sockets helps create a panel that can easily be hidden. [from Housetohome]
Got a bit more room to work with? Whether you’re accommodating a tiny sliver of space or you have an entire room to work with, here are a few hints for making each statement count. Remember that clean lines and surfaces create a sense of roominess. Don’t worry about your pure, sleek look veering into bland territory. You can always punctuate your home office with bold accents, such as colorful lamps and seating, as shown in this vignette from Buckingham Interiors. [via Lonny]
Amoroso Design home office with ample natural ventilationBlack and White Home Office Space with stylish furnishings
Do you have a home office that maximizes the available space? Tell us about how you made your work area a stylish and practical one by leaving a comment below…
Cozy office space nestled between large red oak showplace cabinets
Modern home office with a compact frame and refreshing hues of greenSavvy home office with a wooden bench that disappears into the unit
Have you noticed some of the office design styles showcased already? From the modern and the eclectic to the elegant and the minimalist, no style is a mismatch. Be true to your look, and your office will feel like home. You may even have a bit of extra space for arranging some of your favorite decorative items, as shown in the next featured image. [from Lonny]
Organized home office space with plenty of storage options around
Small home office units and work stations can be easily accommodated anywhere and while there is no one-fit-for-all solution, one can make things work by using a bit of creativity and daft design. Do not neglect any corner or substantial space that you have left underutilized as room under the stairs, stairway landing space, a small attic and at times even a large empty wardrobe can be turned into home offices. Check out the ideas here and improvise to make it work at your own residence-
White wall mounted desk the highlight of this home office space
One of the most essential things to remember while planning for small home office designs is to employ décor, furnishings, desks and cabinets that do not occupy too much of leg space. Remember that the space that you have at hand is already limited and the best way to maximize it is by using it as smartly as possible. Desks that can simply fold away towards the wall when not needed, floating shelves and wall-mounted cabinets away from the ground and proper organization help immensely.
Classic and simple home office design for small cornersSmart décor that can save up on space
One of the most essential advantages of opting for the minimalist design is that it not only is easy on your eyes and looks both contemporary and classy, but it also does not demand much in the form of materials that are needed. A home office that is minimalist in style also seems to need a lot less décor as cluttering it with too much takes away from the clean and clear lines.
And you can always go all out! Wallpaper, designer lighting, and other special accents serve as a constant reminder that your home office is a creative space where amazing ideas are born! [from SME Interiors]
I’m in search of a new home office space! Kate here, and this past week our home office flooded after a particularly torrential bout of stormy weather. While we’re taking care of repairs, the room will be uninhabitable. For 4-6 weeks! My hubby and I have temporarily moved our home office into another room, but this is by no means a permanent solution. And when our now-flooded space is back up and running, we may use part of the room for another purpose. I’m seriously considering permanently moving my office to a spare nook and making it work. [from Sarah Jefferys Design]
Short on wall space? Utilize wall-mounted open shelving over your desk, or tuck a couple of bookcases behind your work space so you can easily grab what you need. Below we see the Chamber Desk from CB2, paired with the Hancock White Bookcase:
Just because the space is practical doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Glass-top desks (such as the Tesso Desk from CB2) pull double duty–they add a chic touch AND they appear to take up less space. Complement your home office with other interesting, useful statements, such as a colorful file cabinet or a curved modern chair.
Stunning home office design for those who love minimalism with a twistUltra modern and uber-cool home office is all about chic minimalismVon Hagel’s mini work area in white perfect for kid’s bedroom
Compact home office space encased in glass to ensure you are not disturbed by outside noise
But don’t think that the small home office must be a concealed one! Sometimes a sleek, compact desk is all you need to turn a little nook into a functional work area. And you can always “hide” the desk by going acrylic! See-through furniture is a win-win for small spaces. This Peekaboo Clear Console Table from CB2 is crafted from stylish plexi:
Let’s start with the basics–what you need to have a functional home office. This may vary from person to person. For example, I need a surface to hold my laptop, a filing box to contain a series of folders filled with essential documents, and some shelving and/or a drawer to hold books and other necessities. However, I don’t need my shelf items to be in the same room as my desk. For others, it may be absolutely essential to have shelving near the desk. Start by defining your priorities. [from Leslie Christine Designs]
Cool minimalist home office space ideaEclectic Home Office with gorgeous floating shelves
by CWB Architects/ Photograph by Hulya Kolabas & Catherine Tighe
You’ve decided on a style and you’ve bought a few organizational items… Now it’s time to order any extra furnishings you may need. Remember how I mentioned that shelving is essential for the success of my home office setup? There are many styles to choose from, as well as many price ranges to accommodate your budget. In the next image, we see the Tiered Tower Bookcase from West Elm, which features a series of cascading mirrored shelves:
Home office design idea with sleek wooden surfaces and minimalistic overtonesHome office with a multitasking desk and restrained shelf space
Cute little office space design is all about keeping it simple!Efficient modern work space with gorgeous open wooden shelves on top
Here are 20 Small Home Office Ideas ideal for those who are challenged for room and wish to have a decently organized work space that combines form with function. You will be surprised at the number of uncanny pots and multitasking décor that make this a possibility-
Compact home office that still sports plenty of visual appeal