This post is sponsored by World Market.
Working from home has it’s perks, but it also has it’s downsides. We run two businesses from our home and ever since we gave the boys their own rooms, one of my pain-points in our house has been our office space. Since I work from home, I need a dedicated space to keep myself focused and organized, and giving up my office was a hard thing to do. I finally feel like I have a handle on the space, and today I’ve partnered with World Market to share my best tips for a small office space.
Small Space Office Decor
Since our office is so small and part of our bedroom, I wanted it to really feel like an extension of the room. I kept the inside of our closet light and built a desk using a drawer unit, plywood, and some marble contact paper. The shelf above our desk is simply the basic closet shelf with a wood extension and front piece to make it look a little more decorative and built in. If you don’t have as small of a space as I do, World Market has a huge feature right now on small spaces with tons of perfect furniture for smaller scale spaces.
The closet doesn’t get much natural light unless our bedroom curtains are wide open, so I opted for some faux plant-life for this area. The monstera leaf stem and air plant (The lighter color looks most real.) are perfect since they are good quality and easy to clean. My husband added some daylight-balanced plug-in LED light strips around the opening to help give us some more light for work.
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Tips for a Small Space Office
Be sure the space you are going to work in or around is proportionately filled. Obviously since we’re in a closet I can’t fill it with a huge desk. Originally we had installed a second shelf below the top one. After some time I ended up removing it because I felt like I was constantly working in a cave. It didn’t let light in or air circulate so once it was removed I felt a lot better.
Storage has been a huge issue for us, but I used a drawer unit below, wall files inside the closet, and baskets above to give us some added space to store equipment and supplies. Consider also storing items you don’t use for everyday work in another place. A lot of my photography equipment is in our studio area instead of in the workspace.
There are no power outlets in our closet. It’s not ideal, but we had to run cables from an outlet in another part of our room. We secured them to the wall using clips to help hide the wire mess and keep the room more clean looking. It also helps to get them out of the way so they aren’t a tripping hazard.
The color of the walls should be light and able to reflect light. I originally had a plain waxed plywood desktop, but it still made the space feel dark. After wrapping it in a white marble contact paper the light now reaches all areas of the workspace better. We also ran daylight led lighting strip all the way around to help illuminate the space.
Since our office space is so small, my desk has a tendency to pile up with stuff. It’s much less stressful to keep the area clean and only have items I use on a regular basis in the area. Small spaces should be kept clear and uncluttered so that they feel bigger and less claustrophobic while you’re working in them.
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Do you work in a small space? Any other tips you’d like to share?
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