Home Office Solutions for a Small Space

Your home office needs the right furnishings, but if you're confined to a small space, finding the ideal desk can be tough. The size of your office, how frequently you use it and your purpose behind using it all have to come together to help you find a desk that makes working a lot more pleasant.

Should You Sit or Stand at Work?

Experts agree that sitting all day without moving around is bad for your health, which means standing desks are a great option for many people. If you choose not to use a standing desk, make sure you get up frequently to avoid long-term problems.

Standing Desks for Small Home Offices

A standing desk may be the right choice for your home office, partly because you don't have to worry about carving out space for a chair. Standing can help you burn extra calories, but even if you don't use your standing desk very frequently, you can still reap the benefits of being able to shift your weight and move around a bit while you work.

Pro tip: If you choose a standing desk, spring for a padded mat to stand on.

Adjustable Desks for the Home Office

Adjustable desks allow you to switch between sitting and standing. They don't take up any more room than desks that don't convert and they give you the flexibility to choose whether to stand or sit based on how you're feeling and what you're doing. These hybrid desks can be a huge benefit when you work long hours from home.

Using a Convertible Desk in a Home Office

Convertible desks are particularly good in small rooms because they pull double-duty - you can use them as desks or tables. Some convertible desks feature shelving and drawers, too, which means you get extra storage space where you need it.

A similar option is a modular popup desk, which you can pull out when you're ready to put your nose to the grindstone and fold away when you're done.

Home Office Modular Desks

A modular desk is multi-functional and features shelves or drawers, or a combination of the two. You can also find ultra-compact modular desks for niches and nooks to help you stay organized. Add a pull-out basket to a modular desk with no drawers or stick with shelves - whatever makes you most comfortable.

Home Office Must-Haves for Small Spaces

Compact storage solutions like file cabinets and rolling storage shelves are essential in your home office, especially when you have limited space. Other necessities include:

  • Floating shelves that don't take up floor space but provide ample storage space on unused walls. Corner shelves can be particularly useful.
  • The right lighting, especially if you've converted a corner of your bedroom or a closet into an office space. If you work under dim conditions, your eyes will pay the price.
  • A comfortable chair for your workstation - and preferably one that you can use when you're not working. The right chair is built for plenty of seat-time and designed to help you stay productive.

Clutter is productivity's nemesis, so you need organizational tools like bins, baskets or drawers that help you stay on track. A rolling storage cart can be tremendously useful, especially if your home office pulls double-duty as a bedroom, living room or kitchen because you can easily tuck it away when you're not using the space for work.

Tips for Carving Out a Small Space for an Office

If you don't have a spare room in your home - or even much of a spare corner - you can still designate a small area as your office. An awkward nook under the stairs, a closet space with the door removed or room beneath a loft bed can work exceptionally well.

To make those spaces work, you need a few shelves and drawers. Make sure there's ample light (or room for you to place a lamp or wall sconce) in the area, but not too much; you need to be able to tone down the light and minimize glare on your computer screen or the walls so you can focus on your work. Finally, ensure there's an outlet nearby so you don't have to scramble to plug in your laptop or tablet when you're in the middle of a huge project.

With the right tools and the right space, you can create a home office solution that you love working in - and that helps boost your productivity.

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