If you work from home, having a well-thought-out home office can go a long way in boosting your productivity. Working in a cluttered, badly lit, or noisy environment will make it harder for you to focus on your work and ultimately interfere with your results.
Depending on the size and location of your apartment, decorating your home office can be a daunting task,especially if you don’t know where to start.
Luckily for you, we put together this quick guide to share simple home office decoration ideas for people who live in apartments. We picked some ideas from several beautiful apartments that are ideal to work from.
Ready? Let’s get straight into it!
Corner office nook
Simply place a desk in an empty corner of your living room or bedroom. While it’s all in one room, having your desk occupy a corner and away from your sofa or bed creates an illusion of separate work and home spaces.
If you need to take breaks in between work, you can move to the sofa or bed. Similarly, when you need to work during off hours, you can easily do so.
Book boundary office
This is a beautiful and creative way to separate your office and rest area. Whether you choose to put your work desk in your living room or bedroom, you can always demarcate work and play areas using a book boundary. If you are hosting friends or family, all you need is to remove the book boundary and turn your space into a homely area.
Closet home office
Do you have an empty closet in your apartment? Why not turn it into your home office? Instead of a free standing desk, consider mounting a wide floating shelf in the closet wall. By doing this, you will have sufficient space to push in a chair.
Whenever you are not working, you can use the chair elsewhere and close the closet and no one will ever know whether your home office is there.
Room divider curtain
Another creative way to divide your home space from your work space is by using a room divider curtain. Divide your living room into two areas and have one as your home office. In case you need the entire room, simply fold the curtain to turn it into one room.
Wall mounted furniture
Space could be a common problem if you are living in an apartment. Maximize the space available by using a wall mounted unit that doubles up as a desk. To conceal all traces of a workspace, simply wrap the bottom half.
If you are completely out of space in your apartment, turning an outbuilding into an office might be a clever solution. Working in an outdoor area has also been proven to boost productivity. Whenever you need a break, you can walk around the garden and enjoy nature.
Different paint to show your workspace
One way to ensure your home office inspires you to work is to add a bold pop of color. If your apartment is painted in neutral colors, painting the designated office space a bold color will keep you motivated to work. A different painting can also help to differentiate work and play space in your apartment.
Get creative with the walls
If you don’t have space to spare in your apartment, you might want to consider your walls. Hanging file folders, shelves, rods with hooks are all ways to use the walls in your apartment as an office. You get to keep your office supplies in an organized manner while still having them close at hand.
If you don’t have a whole room to use as a home office, which is not uncommon in most apartments, you may consider using the space under the staircase? Add a small desk or make one from a shelf and voila! You have a functional area to call your work space.
Transform a cupboard into your office
Home-work-life balance is important especially if you work from home. Having a work area you can shut away when you are done with work or need a break is a brilliant way to maintain a healthy balance. Revamp an old cupboard into a home office that you can open and shut it whenever you need to.
What’s your favorite home office setup?
You don’t need a lot of money or space to decorate your home office or make it more comfortable. If you can implement a few tips from what we’ve shared in this guide, then there’s no reason limited space can hinder you from getting a home office of your dreams.
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