11 Ideas for Working Remotely When You Don’t Have a Home Office

When you're working from home without a traditional home office, it can be difficult to tune out the distractions of daily chores and household needs. Establishing a go-to work zone will help you regain that focus. Not convinced you have the room? Get inspired by one of these small home office ideas.

  1. Create a "Home Office" Anywhere in the House

    11 Small Home Office Ideas

    A well-equipped, organized desk can help establish focus and enhance productivity when transitioning to working from home or completing studies. Yes, a home office is a little luxury, but one you can afford even in a small space. If you don't have a dedicated room, you can still squeeze one into your home. Reconsider every nook, corner, closet, or room—and don't overlook the attic, basement, or the space under the stairs! Read on for 11 unexpected small home office ideas.

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  2. Set Up an Office on a Stair Landing

    Small Home Office Ideas on Stair Landings

    Put an awkward landing space at the turn of a stairwell or top of a staircase to work by situating a desk there. Just select a slim setup (better yet, custom-build a desk one to spec) so that the "office" is narrow enough that it's not in the way for anyone trying to pass by.

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  3. Create a Kitchen Command Center

    Small Home Office Ideas for Kitchens

    The kitchen is where all the action happens, so if you're the cubicle type, this arrangement may not work for you. But if you're a good multi-tasker—or need an afternoon homework station—this is where it's at. This kitchen office utilizes dead space across near the fridge, and provides plenty of room to spread out. The chalkboard paint on the wall complements the playful, modern aesthetic.


  4. Move a Desk into the Living Room

    Small Home Office Ideas for Living Rooms

    Love the corner spot in the office? There's a certain advantage in camping out on the periphery of the room: an optimal vantage point, for one, and more privacy. When doing a walk-through of your house, consider any unused nook as a potential home for your office—whether or not it's in a common area.

    Related: 10 Tips for Creating a Home Office That Works for You


  5. Set Up Shop Under the Stairs

    Small Home Office Ideas for Under Stairs

    If you're truly space-starved, you don't have the luxury of ignoring any unused square footage. Unless the area under your stairs is necessary for the structural integrity of your home, open the space for an office! In this room by IKEA, designers don't waste any vertical space—wall-mounted shelving and rolling bins add smart storage.


  6. Unclutter a Closet for Your Office Needs

    Small Home Office Ideas for Closets

    If you're blessed with more closet space than you need, consider converting a spare into a cozy office. After clearing it out, add shelving (like this elfa system from The Container Store) and task lighting, then settle in with a supportive chair. Remove the closet door to have it be an extension of the home, or keep it to close when it's time to call it a night—the choice is yours.

    Related: 8 Other Uses for Closet Space


  7. Establish an Office in the Entryway

    Small Home Office Ideas for Hallways

    If yours is a busy household with members frequently coming and going, you need some resolve to set up an office in the entryway, as pictured here. But a mudroom, with all of its already-built-in storage, makes a lot of sense! If the space is narrow, start with a huge mirror: It'll make the hallway feel twice as wide and invite natural light. Also, consider choosing a desk that's part of a larger storage unit to help it blend into the room.


  8. Turn the Dining Table into Your Desk

    Small Home Office Ideas for Dining Rooms

    Want a desk so low profile you can barely see it? Then this design inspiration is for you! This tiny home office faces into the kitchen, sitting just below the island countertop. Bright white walls and pendant lighting keep the space bright and inviting. To get the look, adopt a minimalist design scheme and keep clutter tucked out of sight.

    Related: 14 Ways to Pull Off a Double-Duty Dining Room


  9. Bring a Desk into the Bedroom

    Small Home Office Ideas for Bedrooms

    It's not the best idea to work where you sleep, but sometimes there's no way around it. If you do decide to keep your home office in your bedroom, add storage with doors, so you can shut papers, printers, or other distractions out of sight. It will help you sleep—and prove to be an organizational advantage!


  10. Create an Office in Your Cabinets

    Small Home Office Ideas for Dining Rooms

    We love this idea! A simple, modular built-in along a wall of cabinets keeps your office out of sight while you take a snack break or entertain friends on the weekend. Extra shelves ensure that books and a printer sit within easy reach.

    Related: 11 Ways to Keep Your REAL Desktop Organized


  11. Conduct Business in the Basement

    Small Home Office Ideas for Basements

    Not every office space needs bright natural light and peppy colors. If your taste is cozy, even moody, embrace it! The best way to pull it off? The recessed lighting in this basement office keeps this work space from feeling like a cave, while the wallpaper adds warmth and texture.

    Related: Life Underground: 10 Beautiful Basement Makeovers

    Herridge and Associates, Inc.

  12. Embrace the Cozy Eaves of the Attic

    Small Home Office Ideas for Attics

    Head up to the attic for some solitude and your most productive work day. Bonus: You'll be forced to declutter the room to make your office fit. Your hard work will pay off—promise!

    Zillow Digs home in San Antonio, TX

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