Whether you run your own business, or your writing for a hobby on a weekend, having somewhere to place your laptop and call your own is essential for productivity levels.
I’ve written previously about how much my attitude to work changed once I’d carved out a proper working space in my apartment. As Rachel once said in Friends, “I have my own office, I have walls!”
What I do understand though is that not everyone has a spare room to convert. I used to balance my laptop on my knee precariously when I was blogging as a hobby. Trust me, I get it. Knee burn isn’t worth it.
Having somewhere to place your laptop and call your own is essential for productivity levels.
With that said I wanted to share how to create a home office even in the smallest of spaces, whether you have an open plan flat where you’re struggling to create zones, or you live with your parents and want to carve a space to work on your goals.
Find the Perfect Desk
Finding the perfect desk can be pretty much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It can be too small, it might be too big, but once you find the perfect one, snap it up as quickly as you can.
Mid-century modern in shape, with a natural ash wood finish, this desk includes 2.1 Bluetooth speakers, a QI wireless charger, two USB and an
Use Wall Space Wisely
The wall directly behind your desk is the perfect canvas for floating shelves to create more storage options, a copper magazine rack to keep all your favourite reads together, or a place to hang your favourite prints.
A mini gallery wall can look amazing when done properly and really adds a boundary to
Being organised is key to creating an area to blog in, especially if you have a minimal amount of space. Invest in a small filing drawer or add files and boxes to floating shelves above the desk to maximise floor space.
You can also pick-up stylish co-ordinating boxes from retailers such as Ikea, which could be stacked on top of each other to hold all your bills, receipts, important documents etc.
If you’re in an open-plan room, use shelving units to create a differentiation between your living/dining space with your working area. Once the laptop is closed, you don’t want to be reminded of work until the next morning so you can really rest and recharge your batteries.
Create Your Own Inspiration Board
You might know by now, I’m a huge fan of creating vision boards, for everything from my career to health goals. And whether you believe in the art of visualisation or not, having an inspiration board can really help you work wise.
I have images that reflect how I want this blog to grow, the Apartment Number 4 branding
Decorate With What You Have
Once you start to look around your home, you’ll notice you already have so many things that could be used to style your desk – pretty Anthropologie mugs could be used to store pins, staples and paperclips, and add plants from around the home for an injection of colour. It’s about looking at things with a fresh eye and seeing how much you can utilise from your home and not have to open your purse for.
Designed to work perfectly with the San Francisco desk above, the Vienna ash wood chair has a curved backrest and seat to be as comfortable as it is stylish. Crafted from ash veneer, it has a natural finish, with solid ash legs and armrests.
Having the right lighting is essential, so look for an inexpensive desk lamp to add to your space. Clip on lamps
Lighting is also key to creating zones in open-plan spaces, such as a warm-hued desk lamp that can be used to create ambiance on an evening once you’ve switched off from work.
Style Your Desk
OK, so this is where the fun bit comes into it – styling your desk. You’ve gone through all the practicalities such as the desk, the storage and the lighting, but now it’s time to put your stamp on it and add some personal style.
One tip is to pick a
Add elements of your personality through photographs and prints, while inspiring coffee tables books piled up can not only add height to create a pretty vignette but can prove a great way to inspire you when you’ve got writers’ block.
So, there you go, eight essentials elements to creating a home office, even in the smallest of spaces. Do you have a workspace to be able to create from? What is the one desk essential you couldn’t live without?
*Post in partnership with Wooden Furniture Store.