Creative Home Office Ideas for Small Spaces

Even if you don’t have a spare room to use as an office, you can still improvise and find creative ways to set up an office with a limited amount of space. With the right compact furniture and a little imagination, you can convert any unused nook or niche into a home office.

Look for unused space in a living room, kitchen, guest room or even a stairway landing or closet that can fit a small desk and storage for the supplies you use every day. Two to three feet of working space is all you need to accommodate a small desk.

Here are a few examples for inspiration:

Hallway Office

This small built-in desk and custom book shelves fit perfectly into this hall nook.

Office under stairway alcove
nook office with slanted ceiling
Source: Studio McGee – Designer: Studio McGee

Nestled under a slanted ceiling, this small work area makes the most of the available space.

Contemporary office nook

A small, trendy office is custom built into this nook to create a beautiful work area.

Floating shelves

Even without a convenient nook or corner for office space, you can add shelves to a bare wall area to create a desk and add storage.

Kitchen nook office
kitchen nook office

Photographer: Janis Nicolay – Designer: Sophie Burke Source: House & Home April 2017

An awkward kitchen nook is turned into a small workstation.

Corner office
Small corner office
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

This cozy corner is the perfect spot for a lovely vintage home office

Bonus space
Small repurposed office
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

A closet was transformed into a work space by removing doors and installing floating shelves.

Kitchen counter office

A contemporary butcher block counter doubles as a desk in this kitchen office.

Perfect landing

An office space tucked away into a stairway landing.

Office under the stairs

This office makes clever use of space under a stairway.

Kitchen cupboard office
closet office
Source: May 2014 issue of House & Garden

A small workspace with space-saving pocket doors is concealed in a kitchen cupboard.

Closet converted to office

Even a spare closet can be converted into office space.

Alcove workspace
Bedroom office
A workspace is tucked away into a small alcove in the bedroom.
Bedroom wall workspace
Small office in bedroom
Here an unused bedroom wall is converted into an office.

As you can see from these examples, any extra space you can find has the potential to be transformed into a small, but functional workspace.