Working at home is increasingly routine for office workers everywhere. But not everyone has a spare room or finished basement to convert into a home office. The good news is that a home office workstation can be anything from a cloffice to a corner of the bedroom or dining room. Even better, working from home means that you can decorate your home workstation any way you like to suit your personality and cater to what makes you feel productive and focused, be it bright wallpaper, a bunch of plants, ambient lighting, or soft and cozy textures that you wouldn’t normally find in an office setting.
This cozy L-shaped home office from Anita Yokota has a long, narrow worktop that offers plenty of room to spread out, a cozy and casual daybed, built-in wall shelves for storage and display, and plenty of windows that flood the space with natural light.
This petite home office from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design Studio in Paris is seamlessly built into a wall of custom cabinetry that occupies an entire wall of a 140-square-foot studio apartment in Paris. The secretary-style wall desk folds down when needed, and disappears when not in use.
This small but polished home office from Martha O’Hara Interiors has fun girl boss vibes with its white, black, and millennial pink palette and glossy finishes.
Under the Eaves
This dreamy little home office by Space Factory is the stuff that home office fantasies are made of, tucked under the eaves of an old French building, lit by two roof light windows, with a small desk and a mid-century armchair and different flooring to differentiate it from the adjacent bedroom.
Good lighting is one of the keys to making your small home office comfortable. Even if your home workspace is flooded with natural light, be sure to incorporate more than just a task light. This will allow you to change the mood or adjust for different times of day and changes in the weather. This home office from Fantastic Frank is wedged into a corner of the irregularly shaped room, with a small glass and metal desk that allows light to pass through. Open shelving located well above the desk adds storage without making the workspace feel cramped. A playful transparent glass bubble pendant light that catches the light and adds another layer of lighting helps to define the space and add a lighthearted note.
Ursula Carmona for Home Made By Carmona turned a closet off her living room into a functional home office. The small but functional space has a built-in desk and storage painted in matte blue, shelves styled with knicknacks, and a modern pendant light that gives the tiny space some dimension.
Wall Mounted Desk
This streamlined home workstation from Cathie Hong Interiors consists of a tall wall-mounted wood and metal desk tucked into the corner, styled with books, photos, and objects, and finished off with an upholstered salmon pink desk chair to add softness.
Repurpose the Vanity
If you find yourself needing to work from home but don’t have a dedicated office space, one solution is to turn an underused bedroom vanity into a workstation. In this alcove designed by Sara Tramp for Emily Henderson Design, Fornasetti cloud wallpaper elevates the small space, and a wall-mounted sconce makes it functional while freeing up desk space.
One way to create a minimalist workspace that looks good and feels inviting is to focus on choosing key pieces with bona fide design cred. This home office bedroom combo from Fantastic Frank has a vintage-style wood desk, a midcentury desk chair designed by Verner Panton as well as a USB-powered reedition of his classic 1969 Flowerpot lamp. Bare walls and a palette of soft whites keeps distraction at bay.
This split-level Parisian home office from Space Factory has a lower level with a narrow U-shaped work surface and a white pegboard on the wall for storage and display. Accessible by a ladder, the mezzanine level houses a second workstation, perfect for a work-at-home couple that doesn’t mind being on top of one another.
This NYC apartment home office from interior designer Alvin Wayne is tucked in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom, with a large plant that helps to visually divide the space from the adjacent bed.
A quiet out-of-the-way space by the back door of this Miami carriage house bungalow is the perfect spot for a home office. Calimia Home outfitted the light and bright space with a simple desk and chair in shades of white so that the workspace practically disappears into the background when not in use.
Plant lovers who might get a little lonesome working at home should consider inviting an oversized plant to keep them company. In this small boho style home office from Emily Henderson Design, a large cactus has presence without overwhelming, and is quieter than your coworkers back at the office.
There’s nothing office-y about this small home office from Ashley Montgomery Design, with its soft pastel shades, wall of floral illustrations, and antique, classical style furniture and decor with old world flare.
This compact home office from Cathie Hong Interiors keeps it crisp and graphic with tones of black and white and functional, minimal decor, plus some natural wood tones thrown in for a bit of warmth.
This little home office nook from Maestri Studio has a built-in desk, layered lighting, framed art, and wallpaper on the ceiling to make it feel tailored and integrated into the rest of the home.
Make It Personal
This home office from Lobster and Swan has a simple vintage desk and chair, an Anglepoise desk lamp, and a white painted frame mood board that can be personalized and changed to inspire you and keep you motivated, without having to pass the safe-for-work test.
Shades of Beige
Not everyone loves having a workstation in the bedroom. But the home office set-up in this spacious bedroom from Becca Interiors is designed to fit into the surroundings, in the same warm wood and beige tones as the rest of the room.
This built-in home office work station from Neva Interior Design has plenty of closed storage as well as floating shelves for display. A wallpaper accent defines the space and makes it feel like it’s dressed for work.
This home office from Sarah and Sons Interiors has salmon pink walls, bold color accents, and a traditional wood desk facing one of the room’s many windows.
This small home office from JL Design is just big enough to house a comfortable desk and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf complete with a ladder that functions like a mini home library. A white Jielde industrial desk lamp adds a fun vintage note that contrasts with all the rustic dark wood, and a sliding barn door provides privacy when needed (though keep in mind for noise purposes that a sliding barn door is less effective at keeping noise out than a door that closes firmly).
You can help make a small home office feel bigger (or at least lighter and airier) by using transparent furniture like a lucite desk or clear polycarbonate armchair. In this home office from Yael Weiss Interiors, the lucite desk reflects natural light from a nearby window, and a cowhide rug provides contrast and warmth.
In the same way that the office workers of the world might decorate their cubicles with reminders of the outside world or the comforts of home, your home office should be a place where you can feel free to surround yourself with personal knicknacks, souvenirs, or anything else that inspires you, like this small home office from interior Anita Yokota that is packed with touchstones and inspiration.
Keep It Light
Some people like to plaster their home office walls with inspirational words and catchphrases. But you can also send yourself a visual cue that work should be fun using bold wallpaper. Playful check plaid wallpaper in neutral tones by Emily Henderson Design gives this workspace a lighthearted feel designed to boost your spirits during long days at the home office.
This sleek and petite home office work station from Jules Interiors has a pink and white palette, mixed metals, a vintage-style lamp, an oversized photograph that’s almost as wide as the desk, and a cushy upholstered chair.
Take a Meeting
This home office from interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home has rich shades of gray on the walls and cognac leather upholstered seating that add warmth and comfort, with a setup that’s fit for taking meetings with the occasional client or anyone who wants to take a meeting with the boss of the house.
Such is the nature of our 24/7 work culture that even country houses are often equipped with a place to put in a few hours work on a Sunday afternoon. The home workspace in this 1960s A-frame home in the Catskills of New York from AHG Interiors is perched on the mezzanine bedroom overlooking the main floor. The stealth home office nearly disappears thanks to a lucite waterfall desk and transparent Louis Ghost chair made from clear polycarbonate.
While some people are tempted to use the dining room table as a de facto home office, if you’ve got the space, consider keeping the dining table clear and tucking your desk in a corner of the dining room instead, like this French apartment from Neva Interior Design.
A vintage desk with rounded edges perfectly fits the corner space of this home office Neva Interior Design, which feels like its own distinct space thanks to a large vibrant painting over the workspace that gives it pride of place.
Stick the Landing
This home office from JL Design is located on the landing in front of a window with a wide-open view that keeps the small space from feeling too confined. A fluffy rug, a vase of flowers, and a cactus sitting on the floor add comfort and coziness.
This small home office from interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home has a black-and-white palette, contemporary furnishings with clean lines, and an assortment of framed photos and prints on the walls for a personal touch.
Room With a View
Free up floor space in a small home office by installing a narrow built-in workspace beneath the windows, like this home office from Jenn Pablo Studio with a stunning picture window that brings the outdoors in.
This home office from Jessica Langrange Interiors has soft, feminine touches like floral wallpaper, a glittery sequined pillow on the wingback office chair, and a desk with decorative curves. Vases of flowers, framed photos, and sentimental objects make it feel personal and tailored.
This small home office space from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop has a simple modern desk, chair, and vintage-inspired lamp, and a wraparound gallery wall of graphic prints and a mirror that make it feel seamlessly integrated into the rest of the home’s design.
This small L-shaped home office workspace from Anita Yokota takes advantage of vertical space with a row of upper cabinets that provide open and closed storage, with under-cabinet lighting to help illuminate the space. The interior designer installed a Velux light tunnel in the ceiling to bring in some natural light to the windowless space.
This light-flooded minimal home office from Leclair Decor is located in the front of the home, far from the kids’ main play area to help with noise control. Modern millwork along the side wall has a spacious built-in work surface, while closed storage keeps office supplies and files at bay. Muted tones on the walls and built-ins and an overwashed rug in soft colors adds softness and creates a calming mood.
This 1960’s A-frame home in the Catskills from AHG Interiors has a home office workstation built for two, with matching everything, and a plant in the middle to visually divide the space.
Mezzanine home offices will provide a sense of separation between work and home and can be a great space-saving solution. But if you are sensitive to noise or live with other people who are home during the day, keep in mind that they can also feel like an echo chamber that amplifies the slightest sound. This mezzanine home office from Maestri Studio has a treehouse feel thanks to the window framing and view of the treetops. The desk faces the wall to prevent distractions, and an armchair and matching ottoman is angled with its back to the lower level to mitigate the fishbowl effect.
This guest room home office from Leanne Ford Interiors splits the room into zones thanks to a comfortable bed tucked on one side beneath the slanted ceiling that can be hidden by a simple white curtain that runs the width of the wall. The office portion of the room has black matte painted walls to define it, with two industrial style pendant lights hung over a communal work table so that family members can work together if desired.
This home workstation from Space Factory is tucked in a small alcove beneath a graphic metal staircase landing. A simple desk with metal legs that echo the staircase design and a black painted chair make it feel more built-in, while custom built-in storage beneath the stairs keeps files and clutter out of sight when not in use. Turning this kind of pass through space into a workstation is best suited for quiet parts of the home, or those who live alone or have the house to themselves during office hours.
This petite home office from Leanne Ford Interiors has an effortless hideaway feel, with vintage furniture and an oversized freeform bulletin board wall that keeps inspiration at hand.
Create an Illusion
This small home office space from Marie Flanigan Interiors looks twice its size thanks to a view-doubling floor mirror leaned up against the back wall.
The home office work space in this Dallas bachelor pad studio from Mid City Interiors blends seamlessly with the rest of the room’s classic palette of navy and dark brown. A framed print and a tall gold lamp add contrast and help the desk corner to feel integrated into the rest of the room.
This light and airy home office space from Marie Flanigan Interiors has tall ceilings, hardwood floors, and a little house-shaped window that is complemented by French country style wood desk, brass desk lamp and upholstered armchair give the space a comfy, shabby chic vibe.
This spacious alcove has been turned into a small home office by Jessica Lagrange Interiors thanks to a wall of bookshelves and a peninsula desk that allows for easy access and exit, and allows a view of the rest of the room. A vintage-style bar cart is located just around the corner for after-work drinks.
This under-stair alcove home office from Marie Flanigan Interiors has built-in open shelves on the left side that keep the above-desk area free for a wall sconce and a painting while providing easy access storage.
A Moroccan wedding blanket hung above the desk in this small home office from Jessica Langrange Interiors adds a layer of texture on top of the textured wallpaper, while the sequins in the blanket catch the light. Hanging a textile above your desk instead of a framed piece of art adds softness and helps to slightly dampen noise and echoes.
To prevent glare, try positioning your desk so that the window is perpendicular to it on the wall to your right or left. This compact home office designed by Keyanna Brown for Emily Henderson Design has clean modern white furniture and natural accents like a leather desk chair, natural woven basket storage, and a large fluffy sheepskin rug.
Painting the wall with horizontal stripes will make a room feel wider, like this home office from Karen B Wolf Interiors.
You can give a bland all-white space a big dose of personality with a few bold decor choices. This small home workstation from Maestri Studio has practical built-in storage, and a warm decorative wall sconce, colorful jungle-inspired wallpaper and a multicolored striped upholstered desk chair that makes a statement.
If you find it hard to focus when working outside the office, try painting the walls in a soothing, grounding matte black like this home workspace from Leclair Decor.
Hang a Mirror
If your desk faces a wall, try hanging a mirror above it so that the bottom is just above your eye level while seated. This will give allow you to look up and catch the view from behind you without having to stare yourself in the face. And it will help catch the light and illuminate a dark corner, like this small home office workstation from Fantastic Frank tucked into the corner of a bedroom.
A pocket-sized Notting Hill home office from London-based House 9 Interiors is painted in a medium-toned shade of bluegreen on walls, ceiling, and corner built-in bookshelves that make use of vertical space.
If you don’t need to close the door to focus on your work, consider carving out a home workspace that is part of a larger or open-plan room. This small home workspace from Michelle Berwick Design is tucked into a corner of a multipurpose basement renovation that includes a workspace beneath the tiny basement windows, plus a sewing room, laundry room, bathroom, and a second family room. The midcentury modern-inspired design includes light flooring, plenty of storage, and walnut accents that elevate the basement into a warm and functional multipurpose space.