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Five ways to set up a home office if space is tight

If you have to work from home, but you don’t have enough space to set up a full-blown office, we’ve got some practical solutions so you can work efficiently at the dining room table or in any corner of the room. Best of all: we’ve got options for every budget! Let’s start with the most affordable alternatives!

1. An office on wheels

Dining tables are often the most in-demand spaces in Spanish homes. They are the hub of daily activity, where families eat, children do homework and play, and now many adults do their work from home. They really are the perfect place to work because of their size and proximity to natural light. However, the downside is tidying them up after each activity. But, there’s a simple solution. A trolley lets you have your office supplies on hand and pack them away when you finish your day. For less than EUR 30, you can set up your home office in a flash!

Other options include a filing cabinet with wheels under the table or a drawer unit to have all your documents and office supplies near your dining table when you’re working.

Having an ideal workspace at home (even if it’s at the dining table) means thinking about three other accessories: a chair, a lamp and office supplies. If you can’t get a desk chair, make sure that the one you choose has a high back and is soft enough, since you’ll be spending many hours there.

Even if you’re getting light through a window into the room, we recommend having a lamp nearby, so you can direct the light towards the computer or document you’re reading and avoid straining your eyes. You’ll also avoid bad posture for your back and neck.

Last but not least, office supplies like filing cabinets and organisers will help you keep everything in order, so you don’t waste time looking for a pen, a notebook or your notes.

Our desk organiser section has a wide variety of models that can be perfectly customised to your living room’s decor. And if you want things out of view, leave space in a drawer or on a shelf for storing your supplies.

2. Take advantage of any tiny space


Do you have a space between two pieces of furniture or a corner that you don’t know how to take advantage of? One idea is to add a shelf to the wall, tailored to the space, and some more open shelves for your office supplies. And don’t forget the lamp and chair!

3. An office and a hallway in one


Unused spaces at home, like a corner under the stairs, could also be a perfect place to put your office. It can also be your hall if it’s at the entrance to your house! Always think about multipurpose furniture when you’re tight on space.

4. A corner for working from home

The fourth option if you don’t have a separate room for working remotely is to use all the available space at home. How about a corner desk? You must have a corner like this – one of those spaces you don’t know what to do with. You can get a tabletop, like the LINNMON or choose a corner desk, like the MICKE.

5. A dressing table that doubles as a desk


Unable to work in the living room or dining room of your house? Well, another option is to put a little table in the bedroom or use the dressing area so that the table doubles as a desk.

If you have any shelves or bookcases in the room, leave space for filing cabinets and boxes where you can store your office supplies.

We hope these ideas were helpful. If you need more home office inspiration, take a look at these articles!

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.