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Design ideas for a small office

Home offices are becoming essential to remote work and more businesses are being open to work-from-home arrangements. Unlike offices, most homes aren’t built with work in mind. We’ve gathered some of our best small home office ideas to help you find the productivity boost you need. 

IKEA HEMNES desk in white in the middle of a bright room setting with a white bookcase at the back.
IKEA HEMNES desk in white in the middle of a bright room setting with a white bookcase at the back.

Brighten up your office

Inject some life into your workspace by getting as much natural light as you can and adding touches of color and interesting design features. These small office design ideas will give your workspace some much-needed energy and give you inspiration while you work.

Get inspired with this creative office space
A white desk and yellow lamps against a blue wall, below a window.
Get inspired with this creative office space

Keep it clean and simple

Create a calm and zen vibe within your small office by keeping things clean and simple. Modern office design ideas for small spaces offer a muted palette and sleeker furniture options that make it easier to focus on your current tasks. IKEA’s HEKTAR, IDASEN, or BEKANT collections may just do the trick!

Plan out your stylish home office
Home office storage and display that’s inspired by professional achievements, like past projects and favourite tools.
Plan out your stylish home office

Make your work space work for you

Don’t be afraid to switch things up until your personalized home office suits you. Try out some cool desk ideas like floating tables, or play around with bookshelves and other storage solutions to fit your small office layout – ideas great for optimizing space and keeping things organized.

Design your personalized home office
Artwork and inspiration displayed on a wall above a wooden desk and black chair.
Design your personalized home office

Stay versatile

Just because it’s an office doesn’t mean it can’t be a multi-purpose room to maximize small spaces. Combine your small home office with a living room or even a bedroom. You don’t always need a dedicated room for work. You just need a space that inspires you.

Plan a multi-purpose room
Next to a bed stands a white table with work accessories scattered on it and an IDÅSEN drawer unit placed underneath.
Plan a multi-purpose room

Keep things open

Stumped on small home office ideas? Shared workspaces and open-plans are concepts that you can explore. Clever work for home ideas include using small, unexpected spots as your workspace and creating collaborative spaces where you and your roommates can be productive.

Try these work from home ideas
A man and a woman working at their desks in the corner of the big, open space living room with light pink brick walls.
Try these work from home ideas

Choose an ergonomic chair

What's a home office without the perfect chair? An ergonomic seat can help spruce up your space and give you the extra back support you need. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting down, so it’s best to find a chair that’s comfortable and fits your small office ideas.

Set up an ergonomic workspace
A graphic showing the right desk height and body position for working while sitting at a desk.
Set up an ergonomic workspace