Home office storage
Creating a dedicated office space in your home is often tricky unless you have a spare room in which to get organised, but regardless of whether your space is large or small, organisation is key and that’s where the best storage ideas come in handy. So take a look at our top ten ideas to get you started.
Open shelves are a good place to start as they provide easy access to all your bits and bobs, but the important thing is to keep them free of clutter, not just to allow you to find things easily, but also because they are on display for everyone to see. Wire racks and baskets are a good alternative above a desk and add a utilitarian feel, or try a notice board on which you can pin important notes and papers. These are fairly quick and easy to make yourself with a picture frame and some fabric.
Boxes and letter files are useful additions on your desktop to store items you use frequently, but to stop them looking too business-like, cover them with your favourite wrapping paper, wallpaper or fabric to create a cohesive theme. A storage ottoman or trunk is the perfect place to store your paperwork, but invest in hanging files or separate folders to keep everything separate.
If you have the space, invest in purpose-built office storage, such as a dedicated filing cabinet or chest of drawers to keep all your paperwork organised. There are lots of versions around these days that would fit perfectly into a contemporary home office scheme, try Ikea or John Lewis for a range of affordable options.
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Keep home office paperwork ship-shape, neatly filed away in decorative boxes. A wire wall basket holds onto cards and invitations until you have a spare moment to reply.
Papers, receipts, cards and photos – find a dedicated space in your home office for them all. A storage ottoman, kitted out with hanging files and useful memo board, is perfect. Line in country-style badger fabric for good measure!
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Everything has its place, from pegs to clips and pins, in this clear acrylic organiser. Invest in a matching pen pot and file trays for a super-organised home office.
Embracing the craft trend? These old jam jars are a quirky way to store rubbers, paperclips and staples. Simply glue the lid to the bottom of a shelf and twist the jar off when needed.
This home office is packed full of clever storage ideas, from handy hooks to under-desk drawers. There’s even a pretty ribbon display to store cellotape.
For a more sophisticated home office, invest in a traditional bureau to store away important paperwork. The fold-down lid provides a place to scribble down notes and letters.
We love this quirky notice board. The magnetic spots are perfect for hanging scissors and metal paperclips.
A mix of shelving, drawers and folders is ideal for creating an organised home office. Use the top shelf to store away files that aren’t needed on a day-to-day basis.
This clever little desk fits snugly into an alcove, making it a great space-saver. Add some colour to narrow shelves with bright accessories.
We love these rainbow-coloured folders, perfect for storing bank statements and important documents. Make sure you label each one and keep a fold-away step ladder handy so you can reach the top shelf.
Floating shelves are both practical and stylish. Opt for bright white units to keep the scheme modern. Give yourself more desk space by investing in an adjustable floor lamp.
Short on space? Keep a foldaway chair in your living area. When not in use, slide it behind a shelving unit or door.
Always missing important dates? Make a statement in your home office and get super-organised by painting a calendar on the wall above the desk with chalkboard paint.
Give your home office an industrial look with plenty of metal storage. For a completely unique style, why not hunt around at flea markets and car boot fairs for old wire shelves and cubby holes? Add a reclaimed table and colourful stacked trunks for extra colour and interest.
Use a two-storey decorative birdcage as desktop storage for your stationery bits and bobs. The bottom half provides the perfect space to sort letters, whilst the top shelf will open up to house sturdier equipment such as notepads or a tape dispenser. Why not make it really authentic with some coloured feathers or even a realistic bird ornament on top?
Make use of wall space by hanging basic clipboards as bulletin boards. Not only is it a handy budget solution, it’s also a great way to add interest and use your creative side. Try embellishing them with beautiful wallpaper, then clip on inspirational postcards and decorative pieces of fabric.
Jazz up an uninspiring working environment with interesting structures. These hexagonal storage units are not only practical, but have a cool retro look thanks to their geometric shape. Hang them over masculine print wallpaper and paint the backs of the shelves in complementary tones to complete the stylish Fifties scheme. For an extra pop of colour, choose a bright chair and customise a dull filing cabinet with vivid, good-quality wallpaper.
Create a professional space with a dark walnut and navy scheme, contrasted with pops of brilliant white for fresh appeal. Streamline your look by using matching files on open shelves to keep everything within easy reach. Fashion a simple DIY pinboard using pieces of black elastic or ribbon in a sleek diamond pattern.
The small compartments in a simple office cabinet are perfect for filing paperwork, so why not make a feature of it by respraying the metal vibrant orange? Team with a brightly painted pin-board to keep your spirits lifted. Finally, a set of cubed box shelves are just the right size for housing books and magazine files, to keep a smart white desk clutter-free.
For a fun way to keep your desk tidy on a budget, try recycling old food tins of different sizes. Simply wash them out, use masking tape to define a clean border and paint the bottom third in fresh pastel colours. For an extra clutter-free solution, cut a self-adhesive magnetic strip to size and stick on the back of the tin, then arrange a few of the tins on a magetic wall strip or noticeboard. Pop in a handful of fresh flowers for a final touch.
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Not everyone has the room for a study, so a hidden home office in your living area is the perfect solution. Here, an alcove has been cleverly transformed into a corner office with a pull-down ‘hutch’ style desk, which is supported by the doors of the storage cupboard below. Utilise the wall space with a simple floating shelf, and tie in the look with pretty fabric pin boards.
Make use of underdesk space with a set of narrow drawers, which fit snugly underneath a worktop and leave plenty of room for legs. Choose a large bottom drawer option with drop-files, as these can be easily removed to make room for larger objects such as a paper shredder or sewing machine. Have fun with bursts of tropical colour complemented by vibrant stationery and a wooden chair painted in a funky shade of fuschia.
If space is at a premium in your home, consider transforming a cupboard into a home office that can be neatly tucked-away come the end of the day. Here, a simple shelf has been turned into a workstation with a series of cubbyholes providing useful storage overhead. The nifty design is perfect for clearing away clutter, while a stylish chair finishes the look and will fit seamlessly into the rest of the scheme when the doors are closed.
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This well-organised home office provides an informal and peaceful haven for creativity without compromising on style. The hard-working alcove has been fitted with a versatile table that can be easily pulled out to use as a sewing table, while a recess provides handy laptop storage keeping the worktop free for other creative endeavours. Using a peg rail and pretty clipboards for overhead storage provides a quirky (and practical) finish to the look.
Shots of vibrant colour have been paired with neutral walls to create a calming yet energising space in this home office. Bright accent colours have been picked out from the roller blind to add tone and interest to the scheme. Positioning the desk by the window ensures plenty of natural light by day, while a generous chest of drawers in an awkward spot under the eaves provides plentiful storage to conceal unwanted clutter.
Simple wicker baskets provide a pared-back approach to storage in this serene home office, freeing up valuable wall space for a collection of inspiring black-and-white holiday photographs. The homespun table is made placing a slab of heavy glass on two trestles, maximising the flow of light for a bright and airy finish to the scheme.
Encourage children to work hard and play hard by integrating a workstation into the playroom. Here, a neat home office with a floating shelf overhead for books opens into a colourful space for the children to use once homework has been completed. Light wooden flooring and a neutral palette enhance the fresh and bright feel of the scheme, allowing the children to finish the look themselves with a selection of quirky and colourful accessories.
A refreshing green palette is an uplifting choice for this classic home office, especially when teamed with a striking white bureau that is perfect for stowing away treasured correspondence. A green and white roller blind echoes the bold colour scheme and is referenced again in the chair fabric, unifying the look. The metallic table lamp, meanwhile, breaks up the classic feel of the room, adding a contemporary twist to the scheme.
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With the right accessories, it is possible to create a handy home office almost anywhere in your home. Here, an awkward spot on a landing has been transformed into minimialist workstation with surprisingly generous storage. The sculptural wall unit looks like a piece of modern artwork, fitting neatly onto the wall for a streamlined look.
Turning a garden room into a smart home office is ideal for keeping work and living areas separate. Here, a creative, vintage-inspired look has been achieved by teaming new pieces in an unusual dip-dye finish with mid-century-modern-style storage. A crisp white palette keeps the look fresh, while greenery from the garden softens the scheme with a dash of verdant colour.
If you have a lot of books and plenty of space, consider transforming part of one room into a library-inspired home office. Here, floor-to-ceiling bookcases have been brightened with an orange chat-board for the family to leave messages, while a collection of yellow almanacs adds a further dash of vibrant colour and drama to the scheme. Putting the workstation in the centre, accessorised by a simple office chair in a classic design, helps to break up the look and provide a clear focal point for the space.