20 Ways to Create a Home Office Space
Maximize a space
Why do some offices-even tiny ones-seem to actually help you be more productive? Because they nail the details, such as using a rug to define your office in a multiuse space and painting the walls the right shade to put you in a creative state of mind. Read our 12 tips to get the most out of your home office.
When Michigan design editor Michelle Adams modernized her 1920s Colonial, crews found wood planking under drywall in the office space-an unexpected design gift.
Spare bedroom space
Add an elegant table to a spare bedroom for a polished look and functionality. Keep the desk embellishments simple; this homeowner opted for just a lamp and vase of flowers.
This adorable desk offers both decoration and organization. The stylish lamp and accessories' bright colors coordinate perfectly with the wallpaper and rug.
Make over a closet into cozy office space. We suggest removing the closet door and replacing it with a curtain. Paint the inside of the closet, and add shelves and wall art. Best part? Close the curtain to leave the office for the day.
Create a whole office space in one corner. Wheeled storage units fit snugly under the desk. Mix art and organization by hanging framed pictures on one wall and a bulletin board on the other.
Fabric-covered corkboards, pegboards and a chalkboard make a colorful backdrop for kitchen organization, storage and message space. We love pegboards for hanging supply cups and bins for desk supplies.
Tight on floor space? Opt for a sleek stand near the door. It's perfect for sorting mail or paying bills before you head out.
This suspended desk creates a work area in a small space. Old bed springs and repurposed kitchen items make eye-catching accessories.
Wire baskets attached to an old barnwood plank organize odds and ends above a desk. A framed chalkboard displays quotes.
Create an office in the attic for a private work space. This out-of-the-way area is perfect for a slightly messier desk.
Scandinavian cottage style inspired this light-filled office. Above the desk, casement windows and transoms built as one unit continue the crisp wainscoting lines.Buying guide
For minimal office storage needs, cover an old table with a stylish slipcover and some fun table-toppers. Store office supplies underneath and bring them out as needed.
Section off a work area with a colorful rug. Comfortable chairs add a homey look, while cabinets offer some serious storage.
This decorative entryway desk is a catchall for mail and keys, plus it offers a handy place to sit and get organized. Choose a chair that tucks underneath for clear traffic ways.
Choose a small wheeled storage unit if you need your office to be on the move. Pay bills in the kitchen; move to the desk to the living room for scrapbooking.
If you need storage more than workspace, a cupboard like this may be the solution. The cabinet houses a printer, sliding trays for office supplies and labeled containers for each family member.
This combination of an elegant small desk and upholstered chair would work well in a dining room, living room or hall. If the desk is in your dining area, just move the chair to the table when you need extra seating.
Eye-catching office solution
Make your desk a statement piece. This lean-to shelving and desk unit's dark wood pops against the navy wall. The desk and storage space also preserve floor space.
This homeowner created a wall of attractive office space in a bedroom by adding clear chairs and simple, streamlined desks.
This small kitchen desk multitasks as a message center, homework area and organization station. The seating offers additional storage -- and tucks under the desk to preserve traffic flow.
Small space organization
Stack storage if your office space is limited. Hide clutter inside colorful storage bins and behind the curtain under the desk.
This homeowner set up shop in the garage using simple industrial desk and shelves. When the weather's nice, open the door for a great view.