11 Ways to Create the Perfect Home Office Where There Isn't One

You don't need a dedicated office to enjoy the perks of working from home. Set up shop in your existing space with a few clever pieces and a little creativity.

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June 12, 2018
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Double-Duty Dining Room

Whether it's a quirky spot off the main room, a hallway or even in a closet, a nook is all you need to create a quiet space where you can get things done. Make sure the area is a couple of feet wider than your chair, so you have room to move and plenty of work surface for a laptop, mouse and paperwork.

Home Collab

Creating a flexible workspace is a smart move, especially for a couple (or roomates) who both work from home occasionally. You save money (no fancy office equipment), space (one less bedroom) and time (skip the 45-minute commute). You don't need an MBA to see that's one sweet business proposition.

Nook Necessities

To maximize your work surface, go with wall-mounted light fixtures — especially if your desk is small. A nook also provides privacy, helping you focus on tasks and be totally present for all those super-fun conference calls! Take advantage of surrounding walls by hanging calendars, corkboard or desk organizers to store small office supplies.

Employ Your Entry Table

Sure, that entry table is a lovely spot to drop your keys, wallet and mail; it's also an ideal place to catch up on emails or write that proposal that was due yesterday.

Cozy Up to the Bar

Don't overlook the convenience of a breakfast bar when it comes to creating a temporary home office. You don't even need a stool; hello, standing desk! Another perk is the proximity to your coffeemaker.

Bar Benefits

There are several compelling reasons to clock in at your kitchen bar. Besides the benefits a standing desk provides (burning more calories, better posture, less back pain), you can keep healthy snacks at the ready. Not to mention, it's an excellent excuse to treat yourself to some comfy barstools.

A Different Kind of Cube

Fancy desk chairs are great if you have the budget and space, but they aren't altogether necessary. A simple cube or ottoman can pair well with an accent table, plus it'll encourage good posture.

Console Control

A good-looking console table or credenza can be transformed into a sprawling work surface with storage for days. Chances are you already have a great lamp or two on it, so you're already halfway there!

C is for Convenience

One of the most hardworking tiny tables you can own is a C table. The size and shape make it an affordable space saver you can use in any room. It also makes a perfectly pint-sized mobile desk.

Location, Location, Location

Place your C table near comfy seating and natural light to create an inspiring faux office any day of the week. All you really need is your laptop, Wi-Fi and your favorite tunes to get in the zone.

Secret Stash

Consider any piece of furniture with drawers fair game as a potential workstation, especially if you have a penchant for office supplies. And don't worry if you can't fit a chair underneath; just make it into a standing desk.

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