7 Tips for Creating an Amazing Work-From-Home Space in a Small Apartment [Guest Post]
This article has been written for SoLongOffice by guest writer Lance Cody-Valdez
Being able to work from home has so many perks. From choosing your office to working in your pajamas, there are countless reasons people enjoy this flexible arrangement. However, when you live in a tiny space, working from home can be frustrating. Instead of having to work from the couch or take their laptop to a nearby coffee shop, many who live in efficiently designed apartments wish they had their own home office.
Now you can! Whether you live in a two-bedroom or a studio, you can create a home office space that you adore. Check out seven pro tips for achieving this seemingly lofty goal.
1. Establish your budget.
First things first: Before going online and shopping your heart out, set a budget for yourself. The last thing you want is extra stuff you didn’t need and a depleted bank account. After getting a general idea of what you will need to create your office space (taking into account the items you already have), do some research to find out what everything is likely to cost. From there, set a reasonable budget that doesn’t stretch your finances too thin. Once you have your set dollar figure (or range) in mind, you can begin to construct the home office of your dreams.
2. Measure the dimensions of your chosen office space.
Before clicking the “complete purchase” button on your furniture order, there is a critical, must-do task. Measure all of the dimensions of the area you plan to use as your office space. Whether you’ve chosen a corner in your studio, or half of your bedroom, ensure that you know what can fit comfortably.
If you live in an apartment that has narrow stairs and doorways, measure those also. When purchasing furniture that you love, nothing is quite as disappointing as finding out it doesn’t fit. Planning on ordering anything else that you’re unsure will work for your space (e.g., artwork)? It always pays to take and compare measurements prior to making your purchases. Until apartments are fitted with additional home office space, taking measurements remains a crucial step.
3. Purchase items and furniture that serve multiple purposes.
When working with a small space, it is wise to purchase items that serve multiple purposes. This is especially true when it comes to furniture. For example, there are plenty of stylish chairs and ottomans that double as storage. To get some added inspiration for your office, check out images of tiny home designs. Tiny homes use the most innovative construction elements, accessories, and furniture to optimize every square foot.
4. Create a quaint spot to meet clients.
Plan on meeting with clients in your apartment? Even if you won’t be doing so regularly, having a professional space to meet — that is separate from your entertaining area — is important. To create a separate “room” for your office/client meeting area, add a curtain or room divider to your apartment. This strategy can also help eliminate distractions during your workday.
Also, if you plan on using existing furniture to create a small meeting space, ensure that all fabric and surfaces are clean. In the event that there is a stain that cannot be removed, contacting professional furniture cleaners in your area is the right choice. This will eliminate the expense of having to buy new furniture and will keep items out of the landfill. As you prepare to speak with cleaning companies in your area, review prices and testimonials in advance on sites like Angi. Doing this will help you choose the most reliable professionals at the best price.
5. Stack shelves and storage as high as you can go.
An effective tip to use when arranging small spaces is to stack items as high as they can reasonably go. Instead of keeping everything on your desk or in desk drawers, purchase elevated shelves that can store items above your desk. Being intentional with shelf placement and arrangement can give you extra storage space and can provide spots for adding decor items of your choice.
6. Use mirrors and large pieces of art to add the illusion of space.
Another top decorating strategy for small spaces is to add mirrors and large pieces of art. Why? Because mirrors reflect the space around you, and it creates the illusion of space. Additionally, large paintings, photos, and other artwork can make your space seem like it can encompass large pieces, which makes you feel like the room is larger than it is.
If you aren’t sure how to incorporate either of these decorative elements, there are plenty of ideas on Pinterest. Rather than adding a random mirror or painting, explore ways to use these items in a creative way.
7. Opt for light and bright colors.
If your apartment allows you to paint, always use bright colors in small spaces. Dark colors make rooms feel more compact, which is the exact opposite of your goal. If painting is not part of your home office plan, still be sure to use this tip when picking out furniture, decorations, and your office accessories. Light and bright colors make rooms feel spacious, so use this strategy to your advantage.
Even if you only have an itty bitty space for your home office, being innovative and intentional can help you design an area that you love.