How to Arrange Furniture in a Small Home Office

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Your home office is the most productive room in your house–as long as you have an efficient furniture arrangement. Small offices are more difficult to arrange than spacious studies, but a small space can be just as attractive and functional with the proper elements.

Things You'll Need

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Floating shelves
  • Tall bookcase
  • Wall-mountable cubbies
  • Dresser or file cabinet
  • Hanging file frames
  • Storage bins
  • Task lighting
  • Pencil and paper
  • Surge protector
  • Choose a desk of the appropriate size. The space required for a laptop is much less than a conventional desktop, monitor, mouse and keyboard. L-shaped desks, curved corner desks, or those converted from a table work well in small home offices.

  • Invest in an ergonomically designed office chair. Even the best office arrangement is all for naught without a comfortable chair you can sit in for hours.

  • Create more work space with vertical storage. Hang floating shelves, install a tall bookcase, and mount cubbies to the wall to save room. Tuck the desk under the shelving so it’s easily accessible without walking far.

  • Convert a dresser into a file cabinet. Install hanging file frames in the drawers and implement a filing system with tabbed hanging folders to save room and reduce paper clutter. The taller the dresser, and less floor space it requires, the better.

  • Scoot the desk up to a window with a deep sill to provide a stimulating view and refreshing natural light. The sill acts as an improvised shelf for storage bins as well. Stack bins on top of one another to capitalize on vertical space.

  • Bring task lighting into the room. A standing lamp placed near the work area or a desk lamp in the small office allows you to work well after sundown.

  • Draft a layout with a pencil and paper. Draw up several ideas to prevent moving heavy furniture more than once. Keep outlets for computers and printers in mind as you sketch ideas.

  • Move your furniture to their appropriate locations based on your storage, lighting and power needs. When hooking everything up, use a surge protector to shield your electronics from power surges.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cords make an otherwise beautiful workspace look disorderly. Cordless input devices simplify the space and improve its appearance.

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