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Unique places to set up a small home office

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

What do you do if you need to work from home, but you're short on space? Some folks might have a spare room they can dedicate to a home office, but what if you don't have that option?

If you're looking around your home and can't seem to figure out where to put an office, here are a few outside-the-box ideas to help you figure out how to create a small office space at home.

In a closet

Your closets are probably full, but if they are not, then you might want to leverage the underutilized square footage and set up your desk here. Remove the doors, and Voila! It's a home office!

Tip: If you want to hide the closet office when not in use, get a tension rod and curtains to camouflage it when not in use.

A rolling office

If you are going to work at a kitchen island or dining table, consider setting up what I refer to as a "rolling office." A rolling office can follow you wherever you go; this allows you to keep the essentials nearby and may prevent you from piling your stuff in an area shared by others. When you're done for the day, you simply roll your portable office into a corner or a closet.

A rolling office is also suitable for folks who need a change in scenery during the workday. I recommend this rolling file cart by Elfa.

laptop on dining table

On a wall

Look for open wall space. You can place a traditional desk either horizontal or perpendicular to it. If you need to create a small office space on a wall in your home that's in a narrower area, you might want to consider a wall-mount shelving system like Elfa from The Container Store, a wall desk, or a leaning desk.

I lived in an ultra-small studio apartment that I affectionately referred to as "The Filing Cabinet." This is what ignited my love affair with Elfa. Wall-mounted options are my favorite because they are highly customizable. In addition to having endless customization options, they cause minor damage to walls (this is an essential feature if you're a renter), they are extremely easy to install, and they are elevated off the ground so you can easily clean under them.

wall mount office