How to Make a Home Office in a Small Space

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Almost every home these days has a home office. Whether it be someplace just to organize your bills and do your online banking, or run a home based business, the home office is quickly replacing the kitchen as the heart of the home. Still a second class citizen, however, the home office is often found crammed into a storage closet or small occasional room. Small home office spaces usually suffer from disorganization due to limited area, but if you are ready to turn your mini office space into a home office you can be proud of. Here is how to get started.

Things You'll Need

  • Book shelves
  • Desk for corner office space
  • Swivel chair with roller feet
  • Wall hanging file holders
  • File cabinets

How to Make a Home Office in a Small Space

  • First, place your desk in the corner of the room. Usually the corner of a room is wasted space, so utilize it by getting a nice corner computer desk, or angle your rectangular desk in the space and use the dead space in the back to organize cords. The angle of this workspace also makes the room feel warmer and less institutional than a desk pushed up against a flat wall or out in the middle of your room with wasted area around it.

  • Hang shelves above your workspace to hold paper supplies and correspondence. Use heavier bookshelves to hold your printer and scanner and lay out spaces for CDs, and software books and boxes.

  • Use buffet style bookshelves to both hold books and provide counter space in your small home office. These lower two-to-three shelf bookcases are available at nearly every price point, and provide great storage and work space so you can spread out a bit.

  • Get a swivel chair on rollers. This will allow you to easily reach all the items you need to work productively in your small space and feel better about having some items off your desk top.

  • Utilize two-drawer file cabinets to hold files and again, provide counter space for phones, printers or ongoing projects. Get two that match and top with a piece of glass or plastic to create your counter space. This is perfect for spaces under windows that may otherwise get wasted.

  • Get some file holders that hang on the wall to keep you organized and working on ongoing projects. Utilize wall space next to your desktop to hang commonly used files and letters that need filing.

  • Get a paper shredder and don't keep unnecessary bills and papers in your space. Nothing eats up space in an office more than usually unnecessary paperwork, so shred away and keep yourself organized.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shop around at office supply stores to see what types of desks and filing systems may best fit into your space.
  • Take measurements and do some drawings of how you'd like your home office space to look.
  • List items that need counter space such as printers, fax machines and telephones. This will help you decide how much space to devote to tabletops and what you can use for shelving.

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