How to get creative with a small space

How to get creative with a small space

Sometimes we’re not blessed with the largest spaces in which to set up our home office. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to get practical – and creative.

First, consider what you can do to cut down on bulky items. (This also might have the added benefit of keeping costs down.) Perhaps this means investing in an all-in-one printer/copier/scanner, choosing a smaller desk and opting for wall storage and shelving instead of using valuable floor space. Or, you could borrow a friend’s scanner and consider scanning all your documents to store in the cloud. Going paperless is not only eco-friendly but may also eliminate your need for a printer and an unwieldy filing cabinet.

Take a look at space-saving furnishings and creative use of space. For example, think about whether any of the following might work in your home:

  • a large wardrobe – which could go in a bedroom, living room or dining room, for instance – which allows you to hide your home office away at the end of the work day
  • a desk that folds down from the wall, similar to a wall-mounted ironing board, and tucks back up and out of the way when not in use
  • a whiteboard- or blackboard-painted wall, to write notes on and save you from having to buy an actual (and bulky) whiteboard or blackboard for potential presentations.

Photo-sharing website and mobile app Pinterest is an excellent source of ideas; simply do a search for ‘home office’ and get motivated as clever tips and inspiration fill your screen.

The Block’s Charlotte Ekas and Josh Terrett also have some great tips on how to make the best of a small home workspace.