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No Room to Work at Home? Offices that Fit into the Smallest of Spaces

Sometimes, sitting on the couch with your computer propped in your lap just doesn’t cut it. When it comes to really getting work done, there’s nothing like an actual, dedicated workspace. And you may think that living in a small space means you don’t have room for a desk, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Check out these ten examples of workspaces cleverly squeezed into the smallest of spaces.

Above: If you have a particularly wide hallway or entryway, why not add a desk? This little workspace, from Entrance (via My Domaine), makes use of a vintage desk (or is that maybe a small hall table?), but if space is tight, a wall-mounted desk would work great, as well.

(Image credit: Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo)

Wall mounted desks are one of my favorite solutions for small spaces: they take up way less space than their four-legged counterparts, and you can put one practically anywhere. In this photo from Cup of Jo, a deep shelf mounted under the windows adds an attractive workspace to a sunny little spot.

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Corners are also a great spot for wall-mounted desks, as seen in this photo from Stadshem, via SF Girl by Bay.

Here’s an even more diminutive corner desk from Inside Out, cut into a custom shape to make the best possible use of the corner while taking up as little space as possible.

(Image credit: Kate Collins Interiors)

A nightstand that doubles as a desk is a great solution for a small bedroom. Image from Kate Collins Interiors.

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Got a small, unused niche in your living room or bedroom that’s not big enough for a dresser or bookcase? Turn it into a tiny home office, like Myka and George did in their California home.

If your lease allows, mounting shelves above the desk is a great way to boost storage in your office nook. Julie and Jasper added shelves and a wall-mounted desk to make this niche especially useful.

(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

Let’s say hanging shelves isn’t an option for you. Well, a leaning desk, like this one from West Elm, might just be the solution you need. Jessica added one to her NYC apartment, with a fabric-wrapped panel behind for pinning inspirations.

(Image credit: Jocelyn Baun)

From Design*Sponge, here’s a clever solution that makes use of the depth of a windowsill. The computer sits in the window, while a wall-mounted shelf holds the keyboard and mouse. Add a rolling cart for storage, and you’ve got a complete desk setup that barely takes up any square footage at all.

(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

A vintage school desk is small enough to fit inobtrusively into a corner of your living room, but just the right size for an occasional workstation. Milo and Jessica use this spot as a workspace, and store their computer when it’s not in use to avoid visual clutter.



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