If you have a small office, less is more and having fewer things in your home office can make it feel bigger. Small rooms often have a cozy and comfortable feel and there’s a more relaxed and functional feel in it as compared to bigger offices. But it can be hard to achieve a big office effect without knowing what to do to make the room seem bigger than what it is. How a person perceives a room depends on what they do.
The most common things that people do with small home offices is to cram the same amount of things a big office would have into a small space, thus the small office would feel uncomfortably cramped. What you can do instead is go for the minimalist route. Below are some tips to make your small office more spacious.
#1 Know What You Need And Don’t Need
Some pieces of furniture may not be essential to your work at all. The three most important pieces of furniture that you need to have in your small home office are: a good office chair, a large enough desk and a storage cabinet/drawer. Before you add anything into your office, check where would it go and what function it would serve. Everything you put into your office should help you to be more productive and not get distracted.
#2 Clear Your Office Of Clutter
Get rid of any old items that you don’t need in your office. Old magazines, the large coffee table that takes up space in the middle of the room. An old cabinet that doesn’t have anything in it, old paper work, old appliances and old office supplies, get rid of them!
#3 Downsize Your Preferred Furniture
If you have a piece of furniture that you can’t live without in your office besides the desk, chair and storage cabinets, pick smaller versions of those pieces. Also, you also need to consider scale. A single oversized piece can probably help a room feel larger, but don’t overdo it. A large wall clock or a large framed artwork will do.
#4 Choose Symmetry
You may want to have different designs or furniture in your small home office, but if you do, your office will just end up looking dysfunctional. Choose matching furniture and fixtures to make the office space feel balanced.
#5 Make Your Storage Disappear
The minimalist approach for a small home office is to downsize, but you cannot downsize everything. What you need to do is to have the storage hidden from plain view. Open shelves can quickly take up space so hiding your storage is the way to go.
Sometimes, good things come in small packages, just like your home office!
11 thoughts on “How To Make Your Small Home Office More Spacious”
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Great tips. In addition to symmetry, ceiling to make the room look taller. You might want to paint or wallpaper the ceiling to make the room taller. Anything that draws the eye upwards makes a room feel bigger.
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I had to read some of the posts you linked, and they didn’t disappoint! I will definitely use these tips as I always run out of space, wherever I live…
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Hey Jon – really enjoyed the blog post. It’s amazing how much of an impact “tidying your room” can have on your productivity. I’m the worst in the world for notepads on my desk, but most of those are biz journals, so I cut myself some slack on that.
Decluttering is definitely the way forward 🙂
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