Small home office design ideas – 30 of the best

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Whether it’s working from home, doing a few admin tasks or the kid’s homework, more and more of us are looking to incorporate a study area in our home. However, very rarely do most homeowners have a dedicated room that they can simply turn into a study, so a clever use of space is key. With thoughtful planning and creativity, almost any space in the home can be turned into a useful home office.

If you’ve only got a nook or small office zone to play with, make the best use of any vertical space available by building shelving units right up the ceiling and buy a pair of steps to access them if necessary. Also ensure that cable management and integrated task lighting is included if you’re starting from scratch with a bespoke built-in solution.

Don’t be afraid of introducing pattern into a small space behind a desk, as an interesting wallpaper or mural will cleverly distract from a messy desk and can play with the perception of space. If wallpaper isn’t your thing, you could use a pinboard, wall-mounted clipboards or rows of curtain wire with small pegs to hang up inspirational tear sheets, photos and postcards to make an interesting backdrop to your study area.

A real trend is to have a designated study area in the kitchen right now, so it’s worth making a concealed desk within the kitchen joinery with a drop-down or pull-out desk that can be put away when not in use. It’s a great location with the kitchen being the hub of the home ? you can watch the kids getting on with their homework while you prepare the dinner. Garden rooms are also becoming a more popular solution for creating a dedicated study space, providing peace and quiet away from the main house.

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