While we'd all love to have a sophisticated home office complete with an executive desk and floor-to-ceiling, built-in bookshelves, the reality is that we don't all have the square footage to accommodate such a luxurious workspace. But no matter how short you are on space, rest assured that it is possible to transform even just a few feet into an efficient home office. The key lies in choosing a layout that maximizes your limited square footage and fits your 9-5 needs.
To prove it, we turned to Decorist designer Caitlin McBride for some intel. "When I first walk into a small but stylish home office, the first thing I notice is the layout," McBride tells Hunker. "When you don't have a lot of room to work with, a good layout is key to making the most of your space. A great way to utilize a small amount of real estate while maximizing style and functionality is by going vertical and adding a bookcase or floating shelves to your space."
In search of small home offices that do a masterful job of demonstrating how to make the most of limited square footage, naturally, we turned to some of our favorite interior designers. Keep scrolling for eight small home office ideas that mean business.
1. Put Your To-Do List on Display
2. Let Sources of Inspiration Double as Wall Art
Take a cue from this space, also designed by the incomparable Sarah Sherman Samuel, and allow your current sources of inspiration and projects to double as wall art on the space behind your desk.
3. Strategically Use Paint to Minimize Visual Clutter
4. Incorporate a Desk Into a Wall-Mounted Shelving System
5. Skip the Floor Lamp and Opt for a Wall Sconce
6. Forgo a Traditional Desk for a Space-Saving Shelf
7. Go Vertical With Creative Storage Solutions
8. Reconsider Your Nightstand's Role
When you don't have the luxury of space, make like interior designer Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors and opt for a small desk that can double as a nightstand to seamlessly incorporate a workspace into a small bedroom.