With more of us working from home than ever before, creating a productive small home office may require a bit of creativity.
So today, I have a round up for you on alternative home office spaces.
My husband and I have been spending our lunch breaks obsessed with watching tiny houses and alternative living projects. Obsessed.
Especially the show Living Big In A Tiny House with Bryce Langston. Great job Bryce!
If you are new to Immensely Social and do not know, I moved abroad a few years back and it has opened my eyes to different ways of life. Often if something is not working we can mix things up so it does work and creating a productive home office is no different.
If you do not have a room in your house to dedicate to a home office, you can still create a space that works for you. I hope you will use this post as inspiration to start looking around you at alternative ways that may work.
Small Home Office Space In A Corner
Nobody puts baby in the corner…well, maybe?
If you’ve got an empty corner, check out Kristen’s video:
This video by BuzzFeed shares some great tips like using a ladder desk which saves space and gives you more room. Adding hanging storage and separating the area with a rug.
You can use these tips to create a little office nook in any room of the house like your living room or guest bedroom. By keeping the color palette more neutral the area can blend in so it does not feel intrusive to your living space.
Working from your bedroom is not the best idea, but it can work if that is the best space you have. Just be sure to set clear boundaries between home and work and please do not work from bed. I can tell you from experience that it is not a healthy way to be productive.
Slide House has some great tips for a small bedroom home office setup.
Bedroom Small Home Office with DIY Desks
I like the DIY fall down wall desk. Not too hard to make and you can close it up at the end of the workday, so your work projects are not calling to you during that very important rest and sleep time.
I also like the corner bar desk idea. This could work great if you have space in your dining room. You could use it as a desk during the week and then use it as a serving bar for family and friends on the weekends.
Even if not in a corner, just a plan shelf put across an area where you have room can make a great desk and bar combo. You could add a peg system above for movable shelves that can adjust to your needs.
Want to create some DIY Desk Decor for your small home office? HOME OFFICE DIY DECOR & ORGANIZATION HACKS YOUTUBE
Under The Stairs Nook
If you have empty, unused space under your stairs, it could be a great place for a small home office.
This is a lovely idea via Apartment Therapy with some IKEA hacking. See more here: 9 Clever Small Space Ideas to Steal from IKEA
The Living Room Small Home Office Combo
HGTV shared Apartment 34 lifestyle blogger Erin Hiemstra’s small loft with a photo of how she tucked her desk behind the sofa. Clever idea. See more here: Lifestyle Blogger’s Spatially-Challenged Loft Design Tips
Light from a near by window can help keep your energy up. But be sure to position your office setup where there is no glare on your screens.
Make it More Ergonomic
Round side and dining tables can work for a temporary desk, but you need to make sure you are not slouching over and hurting your neck.
If you do end up working from a dining room table, consider getting a slanted laptop stand and external mouse to make it easier on your neck and shoulders.
You will also want to make sure you have a good supportive chair.
Pull up some comfy chairs and a dining room table can even accommodate multiple workers.
Get Creative with Dividers for A Small Home Office
Curtains are an inexpensive way to divide a room if you want to be able to hide your little office area when not in use.
You could also make a dividing screen out of repurposed wood or old shutters.
Wherever you choose to work lights and greenery help.
Tiny House Small Home Office Guest Loft
Back to our tiny house obsession. This is the second time I have seen a tiny house home office loft with a shelf for your feet. How cool is that?!
Beyond The House Take It Outdoors
If you have a deck or covered outdoor space, it is nice to get outside and work for a while.
You could also consider having a whole shed or tiny house in your yard for a designated home office space. If you have the room, this can be an amazing solution because you have somewhere close by outside of the house to go to work without the noise and distraction.
I don’t currently have this but it’s kind of my dream.
Check out Home Glow Design’s Ultimate She-Shed!
Read all about it here: ORC Week 6: The Ultimate She-Shed Reveal!
Also, how adorable is Lauren McBride’s office She Shed! You must check out her article because she made over this run down shed and she even has her own coffee station inside. I just cannot even handle it! Beautiful Coastal Vibes in this small home office.
Full post here: SHE SHED OFFICE SPACE
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What small home office idea inspires you the most? Which one do you want to try? Let me know in the comments.
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