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Small home office spaces

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Nowadays, a home office is becoming an essential element in our houses as working and studying from home has become a growing trend. The flexibility of work life balance has changed tremendously in the past decade. Studying externally from different universities has become accessible to the average person as well as the management of small businesses.

It is important that your home office space is separated from your living room and bedroom—there should ideally be a clearly defined difference. Psychologically speaking, you should not work and rest in the same space; studies have shown it is bad for your health. Many small business owners choose to rent a small space elsewhere because it can be quite easy to fall into the trap of never leaving the house. For those who do not have that luxury, we have decided today to explore home office and study ideas that can be implemented into even the smallest of spaces.

A pocket of space

What was potentially once just a cupboard, has been transformed into a nifty and neat work area. These sleek cupboards give you the opportunity to hide mess or confidential documents away from prying eyes. Located conveniently between two different spaces, the designers have made the most of what could have just been a poorly used transitional area, and turned it into something functional and smart.

Under the stairs

Shawfield Street:  Study/office by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Shawfield Street

Ardesia Design

Not to be compared to living like Harry Potter, but the pocket of space under the staircase can be used for a myriad of different situations. Commonly used as a cupboard or storage space for forgotten about sports objects or gym equipment, why not de-clutter your life and add a functional and practical office space instead? The angle of the stairs adds for an interesting spatial element also. We would, however, recommend that if you are to replicate the design pictured, that the space has access to plenty of natural light or can be appropriately lit artificially.

In the corner

Belgravia - :  Study/office by Meltons



Tucked in behind a window and a cupboard, a simple desk, with an equally as simple set of shelves, proves to be an attractive and practical office or study space. Capitalising on the beautiful wood grain, very little decoration is required to liven the area; the furniture very much speaks in volumes on its own. Fortunately, the room is doused in natural light. This too, can have its downsides though. The direct light has been cleverly filtered with the addition of a sheer curtain to avoid glare on the computer screen.

Hidden stations

AR Design Studio- Elm Court:  Study/office by AR Design Studio
AR Design Studio

AR Design Studio- Elm Court

AR Design Studio

When your home employs all the rules of minimalism and modernism, yet you want to include a small study or office space, why not include one that breaks the clean lines of the room but, only when you want it to? This hinged desk can be unfolded and packed away with ease to ensure, of course, that your open plan living space will remain with an undistrubed line of sight.

In the entrance

Craven Hill Gardens,  Apartment:  Study/office by Eliska Design Associates Ltd.
Eliska Design Associates Ltd.

Craven Hill Gardens, Apartment

Eliska Design Associates Ltd.

If you only work from time to time at home, you may not need to invest in a space as big as previously seen. However, if you have bills to organise or appointments to schedule, you are entitled to have a different space than the kitchen table or bedroom dresser. This classic take on an art deco entrance table is the perfect addition to the narrow unused space in a corridor or entry. With this, you can be sure that all your filing and important documents will always remain present and accounted for!

Small space, big dreams

It is truly the decorations in a room that make it. A simple wooden desk has been coupled with an avant-garde, clear chair and impressive circular storage unit. This is a brilliant way to transform a room that is too small to be a bedroom/to big to be a cupboard and the perfect way to avoid having it become the junk room. Let your imagination run wild as you stare out the window and are surrounded with quirky and fun objects.

For more small space ideas see ’Small living room ideas and Small garden ideas’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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