Make an office space without an extra room

Whether you want to hide that desk you have in your living room, create a little privacy area or make an office for your kids to study, you can easily do it even if you don’t have an extra room available. You don’t really need much space or a lot of furniture and supplies. With the range of home office furniture available, it’s easy to make use of a small space. Generally, a small desk, comfortable chair and of course, a gorgeous lamp to spice up the area is about all you need. Small cubicles are so easy to create anywhere in the house that if you have several people in your home, everyone can have their own private getaway to do homework, read, study, pay bills or simply escape!

Closet

The easiest way to create an office is with a walk-in closet. Yes, closet space can be hard to give up but if everyone can move their coats out of the hallway closet then you’re all set. Paint the area white or another light color and make sure there’s proper lighting. Closets offer a great deal of privacy. There are plenty of small desks available and you can even hang a cork board, calender or whatever else you want on the walls. The best part is, any mess is hidden with the door!

Under the Stairs

Many homes with multiple levels, have a cubbyhole under the stairs that is the perfect private area to turn into an office. Treat it the same way you would a closet and if you want a little extra privacy, buy a nice screen or hang a tension rod and a curtain to make yourself a door.

Corner of the Room

If the other two ideas just aren’t an option, section off a corner of a room and create a desk area. You can either make yourself a fabric room divider and hang it kiddie-corner or use two so your office area is square. Alternatively, you can use a room screen here as well. This is really ideal in kids rooms or dorms, especially if two people are sharing a space. A little privacy goes a long way.

Everyone needs their own personal space, a place to put their belongings that they know will be safe and things won’t get moved around. Of course, this can often turn into a mess so hiding these areas is always a great idea!

  • Interior Design California

    Great idea. Having a small home and a new baby I have been trying to think of a way to have a computer space without devoting an entire bedroom to it. Thanks for the tip.

    Tara

  • Shellie

    You’re so welcome. Glad it was helpful. Congrats on your new baby!

  • Shelly | BRICKS-n-MORTAR.com

    Wow, what a gr8 idea.. and the space is looking so very awesome with that glorious wall paint, pure white contrasting monitor and the useful top shelves. Simply nice.

  • Shellie

    Thanks…it’s really an easy way to give everyone their own personal space!

  • HomeIdeaResource

    These are great ideas. It can be quite difficult to use as much space as possible in the house without it seeming cluttered. Thus, organization is extremely important.

    I really like the chair incorporated into the photo. Sometimes the right office furniture can help define your workplace–regardless of size.

  • Stephanie

    I love the idea of an office space under the stairs! Makes use of an otherwise wasted space and ensures you keep your office clean and organized being exposed like that! It’s win win! http://jacquelinezinn.com/chicago-interior-design/

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    For those with basements that are underutilized, you can create a lot more of an office and set up with some outstanding eco-friendly type options.

  • Shellie

    Oh I definitely agree….there is so much you can do with basements if you’re fortunate enough to have one!

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  • Shellie

    Thanks…yes, there certainly is a lot to be learned from blogs! :)

  • San Diego Office Furniture

    My sister used a corner desk for a while. She really needed to screen it off, though. Working at home with a couple of kids in the house can make it difficult to concentrate. Love the picture you posted of a tiny home office. Is that the Eames coatrack from Herman Miller I spy on the wall?

    Daisy
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  • Shellie

    Yes yes, screening it off helps! I know I get distracted if the wind blows…can’t imagine kids running around too! LOVE that LUCE chair in the lime green on your site!

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    Great ides of using the places in our house.Thanks for this superb idea.

  • Suzaan

    I was just planning to set a separate room for my elder son coz my small son always disturb him but the most thing I was being late to that was the space but you bring out really good tips.Thanks now my elder son is going to love it.

  • Mike Jones

    These are great ideas. It can be quite difficult to use as much space as possible in the house without it seeming cluttered. Thus, organization is extremely important.

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    True it maybe that with a little creativity an office space can be designated without an extra room. Just remember to invest in the furniture make sure it’s comfortable and is conducive to your well-being. Your health and productivity depends on it.

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  • Mike Jones

    I love the idea of an office space under the stairs! Makes use of an otherwise wasted space and ensures you keep your office clean and organized being exposed like that! It’s win win!

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    Thanks for sharing this post. It is not easy task to arrange space in home and office. Nice post to given idea to arrange space and design in room.