Home office design: small is cool!

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One of the most frequent concerns that comes out when talking with clients about home office is space.
Many people live in rather small spaces (me included) and automatically think they have no space for a office at home.
But – as you might have guessed by the slightly provocatory title of this post – that's not true at all!

 
There are many ways to create a small office design that still remains functional and comfortable.
And today I want to get you inspired with some amazing small office design ideas, that will prove that you really don't need that much space for a home office!
 
Be ready to pin your favourites!

 
As a general rule for when you don't have space for a separate home office, the best you can do is blending it in with the rest of the room.

Small home office, minimalist style.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Keijser&Co (opened in a new window/tab)

I also stumbled upon this lovely desk by Felipe Madeira (opened in a new window/tab). I love the roof-like metal frame; it really gives the idea of home, making this the perfect home office desk!

Small home office desk, minimalist style.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Felipe Madeira (opened in a new window/tab)

Shelves can also become very successful desks, and work perfectly for a small office at home!

Small home office desk in a bookshelf.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Cult Furniture (opened in a new window/tab)
Small home office desk on a shelf.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Rob Kennon (opened in a new window/tab)

All kinds of floating, foldable and retractable desks are also great space-saving solutions!
Here is an easy Get the look ready to copy!

Small home office desk with foldable table.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign

Get the look:
Table: IKEA (opened in a new window/tab)
Chair: Muuto (opened in a new window/tab)
Shelf: Maisons du Monde (opened in a new window/tab)
Lamp: Gubi (opened in a new window/tab)

 
A retractable desk top that comes out of a staircase? This is clever space planning! I'm pinning this myself!

Small home office desk integrated in a staircase.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Sato (opened in a new window/tab)

An IKEA hack (opened in a new window/tab) could not miss in this list.
Here, an EKET cabinet (opened in a new window/tab) has been transformed into a lovely foldable desk, perfect for a small home office space. All it takes is paint, wallpaper to add dimension (this floral design is from Vintage Fabriken (opened in a new window/tab)), a leather strap to give support to the desk and some beautiful legs and knobs (the ones in the photo are from Prettypegs (opened in a new window/tab))

Small home office desk.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Vintage Fabriken (opened in a new window/tab)

I hope these ideas had you change your mind on the amount of space you actually need for a home office!
If you're planning to setup a new office in your home or even just revamp your current home office, always keep in mind the essential features of a successful workstation (that are actually valid for every desk-job, both at home and in an office):

  • functional
  • healthy
  • comfortable
  • beautiful
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