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Small-Space Home Offices

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Spare bedrooms aren’t the only spaces that make great home offices. Now a closet, corner, hallway or even the kitchen island can become the perfect work space.

You don’t need a lot of space to carve a spot out for a desk or workstation. Here are a few ideas for how to do it in your home.

Make it small but efficient.

Simplicity is key in small spaces. A cozy nook like this needs only the essentials. This built-in desk has one large drawer for files and smaller drawers for office supplies. Semi custom cabinetry options are an affordable way to get exactly what you want. Consult your local cabinetry store or home center to explore design options. Or measure your nook and hunt down a ready-made desk that will fit your space.

Rearrange your furniture.

Move your sofa to the center of your living room or family room, and use the space behind it as a home office. An elegant glass-top desk and narrow credenza occupy the space behind the sofa. With this arrangement, if your TV is centered in front of your sofa, your desk will be too, providing entertainment while you work.

Add a desk along the wall.

A wall of solid shelves can sometimes dominate a room, so change it up a bit by adding a desk between shelving units or, in this case, between a bookcase and armoire. To unify the elements and achieve the look of a built-in, keep everything the same color.
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