If you’re looking to create more space in your office without upsizing, you can use a number of clever design and storage tips to make the most of the space you have.
Make the most of a small office by creating vertical storage space. By building shelves from the floor to the ceiling, or from your desk-top upwards, you can create space for folders, books, office supplies and even your printer, fax machine, modem or telephone.
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If you don’t have space for a permanent home office, you can buy a desk with wheels so that it can be rolled out and put away again when not in use. A chair on wheels that can be moved easily is handy too.
Keep it in the cupboard
When space is limited at home, consider converting a free-standing or built-in cupboard into a desk. Use one of the shelves as a desk-top, and the space above for storage. If you need space for notes, put a pegboard on the inside of the cupboard door, or paint it to create a blackboard.
Transform a wall
Remove the need for a bulky whiteboard by painting one of the walls in your office with a dry erase paint or blackboard paint, which will transform the surface into an erasable canvas.
When planning the shelving for a small office, consider placing a few underneath your desk for extra storage. Use this space for files and supplies that you don’t use everyday.
Install a shelf
If you simply don’t have room for a traditional desk in your home, consider installing a single floating shelf to use as a desk instead. To prevent backache and poor posture, install the shelf so that your elbows are at a 90-degree angle to the shelf when you are seated in front of it.
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Buy space-saving furniture
When you have a small office, you should use compact furniture to maximise the available space. Avoid heavy, bulky desks, tables and filing cabinets, and rather opt for a slim desk with drawers, cabinets or compartments for storage.
Contain the clutter
A small office can quickly become cluttered and overwhelming to work in. Keep your stationery and supplies neatly organised in drawers or desk-top trays to minimise the chaos and keep as much space as possible free for use.
If you don’t have permanent space for a conference table, get a collapsible one that can be stored away easily in a corner or behind a cabinet. Similarly, you can use folding chairs for meetings, and stack them out of the way until they’re needed again.
Open up the office
Rather than compartmentalising your office space, open it up by removing cubicles, or even a wall. This could free up some much-needed space and make the office look bigger. You can always buy collapsible screens to use as temporary partitions if you need them.
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