Thursday, June 27, 2019

How to Create a Home Office When You Don't Have Room

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Do you spend a lot of time working from home? If so, you’ve probably dreamed of a gorgeous home office. After all, working in bed or at the messy kitchen table doesn’t scream ‘productivity’! You need somewhere you can get in the zone. But what if you don’t feel like you’ve got space? Here are some ideas to create a home office from scratch, depending on your house situation and budget.

No spare room, but a giant master bedroom?

Many people find that having a desk in their bedroom doesn’t work. It can make you associate your bedroom with work, not relaxation. Or, it can leave you wanted to chill out instead of working. So what if you’ve got a huge bedroom, but no guest room for an office? Some people take matters into their own hands and split the larger room into two. Depending on the size and shape of your room, you may be able to add a dividing wall. Check out to see what the different interior wall options are.

Have land?

You may not have much room indoors, but do you have a decent sized yard? If so, why not set up a home office out there? Many famous writers, from Virginia Woolf to Roald Dahl, had a writing shed. You’ll be neatly tucked out of the way of distraction. Plus you have the freedom to decorate the space however you want since you’re starting from scratch. Check if you need planning permission to set this space up before you begin. You can build your own or buy a pre-made garden office. This might be a pricey option, but you may find that it’s worth it. Get some inspiration at

On a tight budget?

If you don’t have much budget for a home office, but need to make enough space for a desk – you’re in luck. Try a floating, or fold-up desk. These wall-mounted desks are inexpensive and a clever use of space. Some even have shelving above them, so they serve a double function in your home. If there’s no space for a conventional desk in your bedroom, you could add this, so you get to tuck it away when the day is done. No space at all?

If you need to work on the couch or the kitchen table, you’re not alone. For many people, this is part and parcel of working from home. But if you have a family, that also means you’re working in the hub of family life. So how to combat distractions in this situation? If you can get a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones, that can help you to drown out the distractions. You can find videos on Youtube that feature white noise, designed to help you focus on the task at hand. If the kids are always coming up to you, that can be tough to manage. In the absence of a door, some parents have even been known to put a ‘do not disturb’ sticky note on their forehead. Sounds funny, but it’s worth a try!

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