Space Saving Ideas for Amazing Home Offices
Whether you’ve got a side hustle, or you’re a freelancer, or whether you just enjoy working when things are finally quiet around the house, having a functional work space at home is a must. Yet, how many of us actually have a functional home office? Sure, you might have something that could be categorized as a “home office” but I’m here to let you know, your wife wants her kitchen table back. Now. Your fax/printer/shredder/espresso machine is seriously throwing off her shabby chic aesthetic. So, why not some space saving ideas?
We tend to think of space in terms of rooms. We have our kitchen where we cook our meals. Our bedroom where we sleep in our beds. Our garage where we put stuff we don’t want in our house. So, when we think about a home office, we tend to think of it in terms of available rooms. But, unless you’re living alone, or have more room than what you know to do with, chances are, space is hard to come by and you might not have the luxury of having a room that you can completely devote to being a home office. Though the idea of have a wall of books with the accompanying rolling ladder is tempting, it’s probably not in the cards for most of us.
With that in mind, here are some ideas to create an amazingly functional space for your home office.
Use existing spaces in non-traditional ways
Maybe you’re already doing this inadvertently, or maybe out of necessity, but by putting a little brain power behind how you utilize the spaces already available in your home, you can reap some pretty amazing results. Sure, most of us don’t have vacant rooms just waiting to be used, but most of us have empty walls, unused corners, nooks, or closets. It’s in these spaces that if we use our imaginations, we can find inventive and functional solutions to our space problem.
- Unused (or underutilized) closets can be a great solution for a home office. Install a desk counter and some floating shelves to create a simple yet functional space. Increase your storage with stowaway bins up top that can hold files or office supplies. Another great thing about this solution is that you can open it only when you’re using it and hidden out of sight when it’s not.
- Empty Walls. Empty walls that don’t see much traffic can be great places to place a small desk and add some shelves above. More than just creating a place to work, when done tastefully, these micro-spaces can be a welcomed addition to rooms that might be underutilized, like a guest room or large laundry room. Another way to implement this idea is to convert an armoire into a hideaway office that can add a decorative element to a living or dining room. This can be an incredible way to integrate a work space into an existing space in a non-intrusive way.
- Unconventional spaces. Have a corner that’s otherwise useless? Maybe a nook underneath a stairway? With a little imagination, these spaces can turn into jaw-dropping offices by utilizing the features of the location. Use the once-awkward corners to create wrap around desk and shelves that instantly maximize the space’s efficiency. Or how about that empty space underneath the stairs? Have a contractor build into that space, allowing for a desk and shelves. Think about how you can use what you have to create what you want.
Even the biggest room can turn small fast if it’s cluttered, but getting organized can be the first step towards increasing an existing spaces size and functionality. Here are some ways to get organized:
- Have a system. All the Type-A’s reading this cheered while all the Type-B’s audibly groaned. But, hear me out! That doesn’t mean you have to go label crazy, but think about what would really work for you. Maybe for some that is a color-coded filing system, while for others it’s multiple bins that hold things that are *mostly* related. For most of us, it’s probably somewhere in between. But by knowing where things go, we can avoid the piles of clutter that can otherwise dominate our workspaces.
- Boil it down to the essentials. We probably don’t need everything we think we need for a home office. Think about what you really need to do your work and focus your design efforts around those pieces. If there are things you haven’t touched in months or things that typically don’t see much use, find ways to either eliminate them from your space, or use multi-use furniture that can store things when not in use.
While you’re thinking of ways to save space in your home office, you should also think about ways of saving time. At Wingman, we’re all about helping small business owners find web solutions that work for you, saving you valuable time so you can do what’s most important to you. Call today at 855-390-8570