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Small white home office with window

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I love home office design.  I have a sizeable home office in the basement at our home.

However, you don’t need a lot of space to create a great working space.  Check out the examples below.

Small Home Office Chart

We analyzed 36,590 home offices and determined that 19% of them fall in the small size.  Here’s the chart:

Chart showing small home office percentages

Photo Examples and Ideas

Below is our collection of examples and ideas.

The closet office

How's this for an efficient home office? It's a closet built under a staircase. While not ideal for working at home, for a place to work on a computer, it's ideal. The designer put in a lot of care here with the built-in floating desk, floating shelves and colors. Even the stools fit under the desk so the closet doors can be closed.

How’s this for an efficient home office? It’s a closet built under a staircase. While not ideal for working at home, for a place to work on a computer, it’s ideal. The designer put in a lot of care here with the built-in floating desk, floating shelves and colors. Even the stools fit under the desk so the closet doors can be closed.

The tiny room office with a window

Here's a tiny room with a full-width desk, large arched window with original brick walls painted white. While small, this is a comfortable and attractive place to work. This is a fabulous example of a small home office.

Here’s a tiny room with a full-width desk, large arched window with original brick walls painted white. While small, this is a comfortable and attractive place to work. This is a fabulous example of a small home office.

Small but elegant

This is a beautiful design that anyone could incorporate into a small spare bedroom or any extra room. The built-in shelving, contemporary desk, guest chair and wood flooring with area rug make this a cozy and comfortable small home office space that anyone would be happy to have. Seriously, look closely at this and you'll see it's not expensive and not difficult to execute this look.

This is a beautiful design that anyone could incorporate into a small spare bedroom or any extra room. The built-in shelving, contemporary desk, guest chair and wood flooring with area rug make this a cozy and comfortable small home office space that anyone would be happy to have. Seriously, look closely at this and you’ll see it’s not expensive and not difficult to execute this look.

Bonus room home office

Here's a bonus room space that's converted into a small home office. It's pretty minimalist, but does the job.

Here’s a bonus room space that’s converted into a small home office. It’s pretty minimalist, but does the job.

Corner nook office

If you have no dedicated room available, look for an unused corner where you can put a small desk (we have this IKEA desk as well). You really don't need much space and as you can see this work area looks good, is very inexpensive and serves perfectly well for a home office.

If you have no dedicated room available, look for an unused corner where you can put a small desk (we have this IKEA desk as well). You really don’t need much space and as you can see this work area looks good, is very inexpensive and serves perfectly well for a home office.

The attic office

If you have an attic, here's a great idea for how to convert it into a small home office. Just watch your head.

If you have an attic, here’s a great idea for how to convert it into a small home office. Just watch your head. Designed by: Closet Works

All white small home office

Again, another example of a beautiful design that's not expensive or difficult. This is just white walls, white desk, white ceiling and dark hardwood flooring resulting in a very attractive work space.

Again, another example of a beautiful design that’s not expensive or difficult. This is just white walls, white desk, white ceiling and dark hardwood flooring resulting in a very attractive work space. Designed by: Chango & Co

Contemporary design

There's also a home office with built-in shelves and glass windows letting the sunlight through.

Example of a small room with a contemporary home office design. You can gell a few bucks was invested here with the office furniture but otherwise it’s a simple, but effective design. Source: Trulia

Loft apartment office

Another example of a tiny computer station in a home that works in a tiny space. Original brick wall retained but painted white. Recessed lighting nicely illuminates the space

Another example of a tiny computer station in a home that works in a tiny space. Original brick wall retained but painted white. Recessed lighting nicely illuminates the space.LLI Design

The thoroughfare home office nook

Here's a great design in between bedrooms. This is a jack and jill home office which is cool by fitting it in a small thoroughfare space between two bedrooms.

Here’s a great design in between bedrooms. This is a jack and jill home office which is cool by fitting it in a small thoroughfare space between two bedrooms.

Rustic

Here's a classic rustic style home office with lots of distressed wood and matching distressed wood desk.

Here’s a classic rustic style home office with lots of distressed wood and matching distressed wood desk. Designed by: Crosswood Homes

Minimalist

Cool modern minimalist home office with cool modern writing desk and orange chair in an otherwise all white space with hardwood flooring.  It doesn't get simpler than this yet looks good.

Cool modern minimalist home office with cool modern writing desk and orange chair in an otherwise all white space with hardwood flooring. It doesn’t get simpler than this yet looks good.Designed by: Ben Amzaleg

Next to the kitchen

I love this design for an office off the kitchen in a bright corridor.   A long built-in desk has space for two workstations, which is great for kids or the home's computers.

I love this design for an office off the kitchen in a bright corridor. A long built-in desk has space for two workstations, which is great for kids or the home’s computers. Designed by: la SHED Architecture

Craftsman

Classic craftsman style home office with light wood desk, hardwood flooring and matching floating shelves.

Classic craftsman style home office with light wood desk, hardwood flooring and matching floating shelves.

Modern renovated attic

I love this modern attic home office with two skylights and small glass-topped modern desk.  It's a beautiful space where it's removed from the rest of the home for privacy and quiet.

I love this modern attic home office with two skylights and small glass-topped modern desk. It’s a beautiful space where it’s removed from the rest of the home for privacy and quiet.

Tiny under the stairs workspace

This is about as small as it gets with this tiny home office placed under a staircase.  The desk is just big enough to accommodate a laptop and mouse pad.  It works though.

This is about as small as it gets with this tiny home office placed under a staircase. The desk is just big enough to accommodate a laptop and mouse pad. It works though.

Small home executive office

It may be a small room, but this office is definitely the executive style with built-in white shelves, gorgeous dark wood desk with guest chair.  The room has new hardwood floors with a well-selected area rug that ties the room together.

It may be a small room, but this office is definitely the executive style with built-in white shelves, gorgeous dark wood desk with guest chair. The room has new hardwood floors with a well-selected area rug that ties the room together.

Custom built-ins in small space

Highly functional l-shaped built-in desk and work station with built-in upper cabinets make this a great small home office that would work for a full time work-from-home space without requiring a large space.

Highly functional l-shaped built-in desk and work station with built-in upper cabinets make this a great small home office that would work for a full time work-from-home space without requiring a large space. Designed by Closet Factory

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If you lack square footage in your home, you can still create an ideal home office by taking advantage of every inch of space that you’ve got. Don’t let a small home office room cramp your decorating style. This gallery will show you several clever ways to work with the space you have and still create a stylish small office.

How to Utilize Space In a Small Home Office

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the room, storage or square feet, you don’t need to give up on the idea of having a useful and stylish home office. There are tricks and tips you can to utilize storage and create the feeling of a more open and airy office. You can decorate your office in just about any style you want and still use these ideas to utilize better the space you have.

Use a Built-in Desk

You don’t need a large, extravagant desk in your home office. In fact, out of 40,090 home offices, about 34.96% of designers preferred built-in desks. Built-in furniture is advantageous because it blends in well and looks like a part of the house.This is a great option for small home offices because it can be tucked away and doesn’t make the room feel smaller.

Use Light Colors

In small space, everything counts, including the colors. To make your small home office feel a bit bigger combine light and reflective colors such as whites, soft blues, and greens. Try painting any trim or moldings lighter than the walls to make them appear to be further back. Avoid dark, bold colors because they tend to make a room look smaller than it actually is.

Hang Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are the perfect way to add some storage or decorative elements into a room without taking up any floor space. Depending on how tall your walls are, you can stack several shelves above each other. You can use these to showcase a beautiful collection of your favorite books, artwork, or any other accessories to go along with your style.

Remove Any Clutter

Clutter looks unattractive in any type of room but it downright just doesn’t belong in a small space. When there’s too much stuff in random places, it makes the small space feel very cramped and unproductive. Keep everything tidy and organized and put things in their place.

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