Tips for Building an Office in an Apartment or Studio
June 7, 2016
Are you seeking wide open work spaces but stuck with a postage-stamp patch of an office? If you live in a small apartment, or even a studio apartment, you can still have a functional home office. Compact home offices take advantage of underused niches in your space to let you work efficiently. Whether you choose a corner office desk to maximize the use of part of your living space or build a foldable office desk into an armoire or closet, you have plenty of options to create an organized home office that's customized to your needs.
Fill Up an Unused Niche
Even if you're in a small one-bedroom apartment, you may have an underused niche you can convert into a home office. Take a look at your closet space. Could you remove the door to a closet and turn the space into a mini office? Either slide in a little desk or build a workspace and shelving with enough room for your laptop and a lamp.
Do you have a bay window or a wall of windows where you can't really set up a sofa or TV? Take advantage of the natural light to set up your desk, and work where you can enjoy a view. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in your place, take advantage of the little niche on either side of the mantelpiece to set up an office desk and some bookshelves.
Look for other niches you might be able to repurpose. A stairway landing, the space under the stairs, a corner of your kitchen or a little corner between rooms can all fit a small corner desk and office chair.
If you have high ceilings in your studio apartment, consider installing a loft bed. This automatically opens up the significant square footage that your mattress takes up. Set up your office desk underneath, using the wall for bookshelves or bulletin board space.
Set Up Along a Wall
If you don't have a convenient corner for your compact home office, look at your bare stretches of wall, especially where you have plenty of outlets. Install floating shelves to hold the office supplies you need on a daily basis. Small jars or attractive boxes can hold paper clips, binder clips and pens.
You can even hang your office desk off a wall. Consider a built-in desk that folds down from the wall or opens like an accordion. If you build a floating desk along a wall, make sure to decorate it with fresh flowers, photos and artwork to help it blend in to your living environment.
Choose Multi-Functional Furniture
When you're in a small apartment, you're probably used to making your furniture do double duty. Carry that concept further as you set up a home office. Turn an attractive armoire into an office by fitting it with a fold-out desk top and shelves to hold your office supplies. Consider placing a sofa table behind your sofa and rolling up your office chair to use it as a laptop table.
Storage ottomans are a truly wonderful option that can actually do triple duty. Use one as a coffee table, as extra seating space when you have guests to your home office, and as office storage when you lift the lid up. A storage bench under a window or along a wall can also provide you with plenty of storage space that keeps your small apartment looking like a home.
If you don't want a traditional ergonomic desk chair that takes up a lot of floor space with its five-point base, consider opting for an exercise ball instead. You can roll it under your kitchen table or into a corner when you're not using it.
Take advantage of every inch of your small apartment by measuring carefully and designing creatively. Multi-functional furniture is a good idea in any space, but especially appreciated in a small apartment. With a bit of ingenuity, you can make your compact home office work for you.
/account/v2/editBillingDisplay,/orderhistory/subsManager,/orderhistory/submitReturn,/account/accountSummaryDisplay,/account/loginAccountDisplay,/account/myfiles,/csl/listAllhttps://request.eprotect.vantivcnp.com/eProtect/js/payframe-client3.min.js?d=20200809 Join Now