Discover how to create a home office with limited space in your small apartment, from small home office design ideas to space-saving furniture. This post features ideas on creating a workspace in an open-plan living room diner kitchen, to maximising space in your dorm room or parents house. Click through from inspiration, storage ideas, organization ideas for small offices and study layout designs #homeoffice #homeofficeideas #homeofficedesign #homeofficeideasforwomen
Scandinavian Smart Desk available at Wooden Furniture Store

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.

Perfect for both traditional and modern spaces, the San Francisco Smart Desk from the Wooden Furniture Store is everything you’d need from a space-saving desk.

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 AX port – ideal for charging devices and listening to music while you work.

Currently on sale for £349.00 (originally £459.00), this slim silhouette would fit nicely against a spare wall – one tip to remember is to note the other wood you have in the room to make sure the finishes complement each other.

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 the space so you’re able to tell instantly, that area is a designated workstation. Some ideas could be black and white photography, woven trays, travel pictures, or tonal prints that all work together.

San Francisco Smart Desk available at Wooden Furniture Store

Being Organised

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 colours so I’m reminded to be cohesive in my posts, and inspirational quotes that push me a little bit further when I’m flagging. I like to change my board every month or so to reflect how I’m feeling at the time, but let’s face it, we know it’s usually going to involve some kind of pink.

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.

Discover how to create a home office with limited space in your small apartment, from small home office design ideas to space-saving furniture. This post features ideas on creating a workspace in an open-plan living room diner kitchen, to maximising space in your dorm room or parents house. Click through from inspiration, storage ideas, organization ideas for small offices and study layout designs #homeoffice #homeofficeideas #homeofficedesign #homeofficeideasforwomen
Vienna Ash Chair available at Wooden Furniture Store

Sitting Comfortably

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.

Consider Lighting

Having the right lighting is essential, so look for an inexpensive desk lamp to add to your space. Clip on lamps are great for smaller desks as they literally do what it says on the tin and clips to the side of your workstation, freeing up workspace for essentials, like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Just me?

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 colour scheme and work it throughout the space to keep it cohesive. For example, my space is occupied by pink, mint green and gold, but you could choose monochrome with silver accessories, or wood and white for a Scandi feel.

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.

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