It seems that the most convenient option for a home office would be, well… a home office.
But the reality is that not all homes have them. And not necessarily just small homes, but any home where it just wasn’t thought through, or considered a necessity, when the home was built.
If you office at home, or need a desk to keep track of bills and schedules, or a dedicated space for kids to do homework, this fact might be frustrating. Unless you can think of ways to work around it. Or realize that a home office may not be the best option, after all.
Desks, especially smaller scale versions, can work great in rooms other than a dedicated office, and can often serve dual purposes. (Especially if you’re living in a small space where every inch counts.)
If you need a creative home office solution, here are some ideas to consider:
If there’s space in a guest room, many times that’s an easy spot to put a desk, but a home office can also work in the master (or another) bedroom in the home.
And even though an empty wall or in front of a window might be the first thing that comes to mind, there are other options, too:
1) Save space and make a unique design statement by using a desk as a night stand.
2) Position a desk at the foot of the bed, rather than a bench or ottoman.
3) In a room with twin beds, a small desk can be placed between the beds for a desk/nightstand option.
A spare closet or nook.
Take inventory of the closet space in your home, or little corners or nooks that hadn’t occurred to you to use before. Add a small desk and office accessories, and you’re good to go!
The nice thing about small spaces, like a closet, is that anything you hang – wall organizers, calendars, file baskets, etc. – are within easy reach!
The dining room.
If you have a formal dining room that barely gets used, why not turn it into a home office?
Or keep it as a dining room and let it do double duty as both.
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Entry or Foyer.
Instead of the expected chest or console table, use a desk instead.
Placing a smaller accent chair beside it will cozy up the space, and it can function as your desk chair when you’re working.
Living or Family Room
Depending on your living or family room size and layout, you probably have a few creative options for desk placement.
1) filling that blank wall that you haven’t known what to do with until now,
2) or masquerading as a console table under the TV.
3) a desk can also make a great “table” on a wall between two accent chairs,
4) or multitask behind the sofa as a desk/sofa table.
With the right kitchen layout, a desk can easily fit right in.
It can multi-task as a family organization station, and a handy buffet when needed – or even a dining spot when you have a house full of company.
And we haven’t even talked about the mudroom, sunporch, or craft room! So many options…
Have you used a desk somewhere other than the office, or to multi-task in another space? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!