Whether in a corner of the dining room, living room, bedroom or in a small room to renovate: how to optimize the space without pushing the walls and create a small functional office?
Not everyone has a dedicated space for it set up an office. Sometimes you have to be tricky to free up square meters and install a workspace there. Here are 6 ideas for decorating an office area in a small space.
Install a desk on the wall
If you have limited space, consider legless desks that attach directly to the wall for maximum space savings. A simple shelf attached to the wall, such as a decorative shelf, can do the trick: just choose a wall shelf with enough depth to put the necessary equipment to work (computer, notebooks, office supplies, etc.).
Choose an extendable desk
A table that can be folded down, a cabinet that opens to reveal a desk or a module on wheels are all good options for creating an office in a small space. It is a particularly good solution if you do not use your office on a daily basis. So you can pop it up as needed and then put it away in an instant.
However, this option requires that you have a locker nearby where you can easily store your work equipment (computer, documents, office supplies, etc.) for easy access. This is the ultimate space saving desk.
Take advantage of an unused angle or nook
A home is full of unused corners: under a staircase, under a bed on the mezzanine, in the attic, in a corner of a room, a niche or a small closet… Any square meter is good to use to create an office. You can also easily make a customized corner desk with boards, trestle or boxes as legs. If you are not equipped, hardware stores generally offer cutting at low prices. Decorative ideas for creating a custom wood or melamine desk abound online.
Create functional storage
A well-organized workspace is the key to success. Put smart and customizable layouts within easy reach to easily find your tools and work documents. Install wall shelves above your worktop: There is often a tendency to underutilize the height under the ceiling, whereas the placement of modular boxes or shelves on a wall saves space without cluttering the floor space.
Get to the essentials: no need to add trinkets that won’t serve you and can distract you from your work. As a general rule, avoid adding decorative items to your workspace that might distract you.
Divide your workspace
Whether you are in a bedroom, living room or kitchen, consider installing a partition (removable or fixed), a curtain, sliding doors or even a canopy to demarcate the spaces and offer you some privacy. Especially if you decide to install your office desk in a living room such as the dining room, defining the spaces and giving them a proper use will allow you to stay more focused in the work phases. This will also isolate you from noise.
If you are a fan of remote work, it is important to create a comfortable study place. Having a good armchair or a suitable office chair, for example, is essential for good back support and to avoid musculoskeletal disorders. Watch the brightness with a small desk lamp: light has positive effects on morale, concentration and productivity. Just like adding a plant nearby: Researchers* have observed productivity gains and increased well-being in employees who work in offices decorated with green spaces.
However, avoid working with your back to the light, especially if you use a computer to avoid annoying reflections. As you can see, there are many tips for arranging a work surface in small spaces (small apartment, small bedroom, etc.). To install your office corner, think practical, ergonomic and comfortable to combine business with pleasure.
* InvestigationThe relative merits of green versus lean office space: Three field experiments (2014)