With more and more people working from home, it’s critical to know how to set up a home office space. Our homes are full of distractions, and video conferencing from home can introduce some privacy concerns. When living in a small apartment, you might be struggling to figure out exactly where you can set up a desk to serve as your home office in an already tight space. When it comes time to get that office operational, sometimes you need to think outside the box to find the best place for your office space.
Set it Up in Your Bedroom
Sometimes the easiest place to set up your home office is right in your bedroom. It’s a short commute, and you can make the desk a multipurpose furniture piece that can continue to be utilized even after your work day has finished. If you have a roommate, this also ensures that your workspace is somewhere private and out of the way so they can move around freely without disrupting your work.
Utilize an Underused Closet
If you have a walk-in closet that’s mostly empty, it can be the perfect place to set up your home office. Consolidate your clothing and create a comfortable little area with a shelf or desk and some decorative elements to help the space feel more like an office and less like a closet. The privacy this offers can be a major benefit if you do a lot of video calls during your work days.
Carve Out a Nook
Sometimes there are no other options and you have to carve out a nook for your office. Find any unused or underutilized space in your apartment and make a plan to turn it into a functional workspace. Any empty corner or sliver of unused space is prime real estate for a low-profile office setup.
Implement a Divider
If you’re not somewhere that can be closed off, such as your living room or bedroom, consider setting up some kind of divider. You can set up a fabric curtain or purchase a screen divider that will help to minimize distractions as well as maintain some privacy if you’re doing video calls. Setting up your divider can be a great way to get yourself into “work mode.”
Use Low-Profile Furniture
When you’re working with minimal space inside an already small space you’ll want to avoid bulky, dense furniture that fills up the area. A thick desk with tons of drawers is great for storage space, but it will make your tiny office feel cramped and suffocating. Having a wall-mounted desk with a couple of drawers, or going for a leggy, minimalist desk will keep the space from becoming too compact.
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