Do you have a tiny office? Consider these clever ways to make the most of the space you have.

If you’re looking to create more space in your office without upsizing, you can use a number of clever design and storage tips to make the most of the space you have.


Think vertically

Make the most of a small office by creating vertical storage space. By building shelves from the floor to the ceiling, or from your desk-top upwards, you can create space for folders, books, office supplies and even your printer, fax machine, modem or telephone.



Go mobile

If you don’t have space for a permanent home office, you can buy a desk with wheels so that it can be rolled out and put away again when not in use.  A chair on wheels that can be moved easily is handy too.

mobile desk
via Decords



Keep it in the cupboard

When space is limited at home, consider converting a free-standing or built-in cupboard into a desk. Use one of the shelves as a desktop, and the space above for storage. If you need space for notes, put a pegboard on the inside of the cupboard door, or paint it to create a blackboard.

office in cupboard
via Condos



Transform a wall

Remove the need for a bulky whiteboard by painting one of the walls in your office with a dry erase paint or blackboard paint, which will transform the surface into an erasable canvas.



Get low

When planning the shelving for a small office, consider placing a few underneath your desk for extra storage. Use this space for files and supplies that you don’t use every day.

under desk storage
via Houzz



Install a shelf

If you simply don’t have room for a traditional desk in your home, consider installing a single floating shelf to use as a desk instead. To prevent backache and poor posture, install the shelf so that your elbows are at a 90-degree angle to the shelf when you are seated in front of it.



Buy space-saving furniture

When you have a small office, you should use compact furniture to maximise the available space. Avoid heavy, bulky desks, tables and filing cabinets, and rather opt for a slim desk with drawers, cabinets or compartments for storage.



Contain the clutter

A small office can quickly become cluttered and overwhelming to work in. Keep your stationery and supplies neatly organised in drawers or desk-top trays to minimise the chaos and keep as much space as possible free for use.

office drawer dividers
via Amazon



Collapse it

If you don’t have permanent space for a conference table, get a collapsible one that can be stored away easily in a corner or behind a cabinet. Similarly, you can use folding chairs for meetings, and stack them out of the way until they’re needed again.

folding table
via Archiproducts



Open up the office

Rather than compartmentalising your office space, open it up by removing cubicles, or even a wall. This could free up some much-needed space and make the office look bigger. You can always buy collapsible screens to use as temporary partitions if you need them.



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