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How to Make a Home Office in a Small Space

The home office: a sacred space. A place of productivity and creativity. A refuge from the noise, chaos, and distractions that come with home life. Many home offices are small spaces - just an alcove or corner of your living room or bedroom. When it comes to home offices, less really is more. So think about what you need and make sure the space can accommodate it. With a little bit of creativity and some planning, you can create an oasis for productivity in even the smallest of living spaces.

Which Room is the Best Place for a Home Office?

The best option is to take an extra room in your home and convert it from whatever it is now to an office. This allows you to designate a space for work, which has the psychological benefit of being able to close a door when you're done with the day's tasks. If you're like the 85% of people in the US, you live with at least one other person, so using an extra room has an additional benefit--it keeps your work out of everybody else's way and lets them focus on doing the stuff they enjoy or have to do at home (like, say, play video games).

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Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Solid Reclaimed Wood Sit-Stand Standing Desk (The Detroit)
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk
Black Laminate Sit-Stand Desk

Decide How Much Space You Need

Be realistic here, because you're going to be sharing space with at least one person: yourself! You're going to want to be able to put away the things that you don't need when you don't need them. And nobody wants to spend a day off of work looking at all the work they have to do.

Use a Sit Stand Desk for Flexibility

This is when a sit-stand desk will really come in handy since modularity is something you'll thank yourself for later for thinking of during the initial setup phase of building your office. It's handy to be able to convert your workspace into something else, like a place to eat or a handy surface for family board games. One of the most important aspects of living in a small living space is using every foot and every inch you have. Don't try to squeeze a desk, chair, bookshelf, and other essentials into an area that is clearly too small for them. It won't work, and you don't want to learn that the hard way.

Figure Out What You Need

The first step is to purge all of the unnecessary items from your home office space. Get rid of anything that doesn't serve a purpose or isn't essential to completing your work. You can always add personal items like family photos later. For now, focus on focusing. Once you have a clear idea of what your home office space will be used for, it's time to start shopping. Choose furniture that is versatile and can do double duty. For example, an armoire can store your clothes as well as act as a desk. A small bookshelf can also function as a printer stand.

You might find it helpful to use a bigger power strip than you might have at home, or start using a filing cabinet to hold your precious documents.

Commercial Grade Power Strip
Commercial Grade Power Strip
Commercial Grade Power Strip
Commercial Grade Power Strip
Commercial Grade Power Strip
Commercial Grade Power Strip

Commercial Grade Power Strip

$47.20
The Commercial Grade Power Strip attaches directly to the bottom of your StandDesk frame with the use of Cable Management Tray and Cable Management Taco, allowing you to plug in all of your electronics and accessories into your choice of 8 or 12 ports.
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Filing Cabinet with Wheels
Filing Cabinet with Wheels
Filing Cabinet with Wheels
Filing Cabinet with Wheels
Filing Cabinet with Wheels
Filing Cabinet with Wheels

Filing Cabinet with Wheels

$157.45

The Small Filing Cabinet sports a sleek, straightforward design to carry only what you need and tuck away to be practically unnoticeable. It’s outfitted for security with a lock and maximum document organization with room for letter and legal size paper.

Super fine cold rolled steel plate; 0.7mm thickness; 10 times anti-rust treatment; automatic powder coating; replaceable metal colorful handle; three full-extension drawers with lock and powder coat.

Features: Small Lockable Filing Cabinet With Wheels

MADE TO FIT: Easily fits under a standing desk at its lowest height and accommodates letter and legal size paper in three drawers. Dimensions are 11.7” x 16.7” x 22.4”.

SECURE: Lockable with a key and spare. Also rollable for easy repositioning with your sit-stand desk or doubling as a footrest.

ECO-FRIENDLY: Made with non-toxic materials and sports a powder coating.

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Consider a Sit Stand Converter

If your home office is in a shared space, like the living room or kitchen, you might want to consider using a sit stand converter. A sit stand converter allows you to work at a traditional desk without taking up too much space. This is also a good option if you have limited storage because the converter can be folded up and put away when not in use.

Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter
Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter

Freedom E-Desk Electric Powered Standing Desk Converter

$437.00

The Standing Desk Converter

Convert any desk into a sit-stand desk. Work sitting or standing with this ultra-easy solution and enjoy all the benefits adding movement to your workday brings – increased productivity, energy and wellness. Our fully assembled, ready-to-use standing desk converter sits on top of your current desk.  With the push of a button you can easily switch position in just a few seconds and turn your normal desk into a standing desk.

Convert Your Desk Into A Standing Desk

Designed with an upper display surface and spacious lower keyboard and mouse deck, the Freedom E-Desk standing desk converter provides plenty of workspace, even when standing, and can accommodate two 24" monitors, laptop, keyboard, and mouse. 

Standing Desk Converter Features

Press and Hold Control with the Touch of a Button Accommodates dual 24" monitors or incorporates one of our monitor arm mounts for larger screen sizes.  Integrated Cable Management under the top deck prevents cables from being caught. Using a taller ergo mouse? No problem, reposition the keyboard deck. Choose from one of two settings.

These standing desk converters ship fully assembled, no installation required.

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