HOW TO CREATE AN OFFICE SPACE IN A SMALL LIVING ENVIRONMENT

In today’s world, with so many working from home, it is important to have a dedicated space for an office. However, this space doesn’t necessarily have to be large. If you use a few of your creative and organization skills, you can readily have a work space to meet your needs.



QUIET AREA

A much-traveled area of your home isn’t always an ideal spot for an office. Granted if it is all you have then by all means use it. However, if at all possible, find a quiet area where you can concentrate. We, as humans, have a unique capability of adjusting to our needs. Perhaps you can adapt by using a set of noise-cancelling headphones and stream some quite background music.


SMALL OFFICE SPACE IDEAS

I have seen some really clever ideas posted on various websites such as Pinterest which utilize spaces such as walk-in closets and even regular closets by removing the door for an office space. However, each of these ideas seemed to have many of the same elements as far as furnishings were concerned. Here is a list of those elements needed for an office space environment.


ELECTRICITY

If you are creating an office space, you definitely need ample and available electrical outlets for both your lighting and your computer equipment. It is also a good idea to invest in a good surge breaker for your computer equipment.


SHELVES

Shelves are important to your office space since they will, of course, be the storage space for office supplies. This would be a good time assess your actual needs and to streamline your office supplies to fit your current office projects. Any excess can be put in a plastic bin and stored elsewhere.


The placement of shelves is another act of creation. According to Closetworks.com, there are five different “types of shelves used in custom shelving systems including fixed, adjustable, corner, floating, and pull-out shelves.” By surmising the best use of your own particular space, you can choose which type you will need from this list.


Note that a printer does not have to be in the same space as your office, if you don’t have the room. It can be remotely accessed even when in another room of your home.


DESK

The focal point of your office is your desk space. A desk doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive piece of furniture. It can be something as simple as a smooth board placed on top of two saw horses or even two short bookshelves placed sideways. I kinda like the bookshelf idea since you will automatically have more storage space.


We have all heard of Bob Villa, the host of home improvement shows. His website has some wonderful ideas of do-it-yourself desks. Follow this link for a slideshow of those ideas https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/15-easy-designs-for-a-diy-desk-4852


OFFICE CHAIR

The main helm of your office will be from your office chair. This should undoubtedly be comfortable, since you will be spending a lot of time there. Choose a chair that will also fit your streamlined office environment. I found a website with a few picture examples of small office chairs so that you can see what is on the market. https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/sb0/small-desk-chairs-c1871683.html


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