If you’re like most of us, you spend the majority of your day at work. But that doesn’t mean you have to do all your work there, too! At home, you have all sorts of alternatives to the classic office space—places like the den, garage, or back porch—that can turn into great workspaces. Here are seven of our favorites.
1) The Foyer
The foyer is the first thing guests see when they come to your home, so why not make a great first impression with a beautiful and functional home office? Plus, having a desk near the front door can be super convenient for days when you need to get out the door quickly. Here are a few tips for making the most of your foyer office space:
- Choose a desk that fits the space. Ideally, it should take up as little room as possible without sacrificing functionality.
- Utilize vertical space with shelving units or shoe racks for storing binders or files.
- Add a coat rack and mirror to help guests look their best before entering your home.
- If you have any built-in cabinetry in the area, pull them out and use them as storage areas for binders or files that you don’t want on display all the time
2) The Closet
Most people don’t think of their closet as a potential home office, but it can be the perfect place for a small desk and some shelving. It’s out of the way, so you won’t be distracted by household activity, and it can be easily closed off when you need to focus. Plus, it’s a great way to make use of that extra space in your bedroom!
3) The Garage
Most people think of their garage as a place to store their car or perhaps some extra boxes. But your garage can actually be the perfect spot for your home office. The key is to declutter and organize the space so that it’s functional and comfortable.
4) The Attic/Basement
If you have an attic or basement, chances are you have some extra space that could be turned into a home office. The key is to make sure the space is well-lit and comfortable. And if you’re worried about noise, soundproofing insulation can be a great way to reduce noise levels.
5) The Bathroom
While the bathroom might not be the first place you think of when it comes to setting up a home office, it can actually be a great option – especially if you have a small space to work with. The key is to make sure you have enough storage for all of your supplies, and that your desk is positioned in a way that allows you to take advantage of natural light.
6) Guest Bedrooms
If you have an extra bedroom that’s not being used, it’s the perfect spot for a home office. Not only will you have plenty of space, but you can also take advantage of features like a closet or an attached bathroom. Plus, if you have guests, they can still stay in the room when they visit.
If you have a long and narrow hallway, consider setting up a desk along one side. Add a few shelves for storage and decor, and you’ve got yourself a chic and functional home office. Eliminate some clutter by storing essentials in baskets or bins around the space (or under the desk).
Add a small plant to perk up your mood during those 8-hour work days.