Hello beautiful people! Happy Tuesday to you and hope you had a great thanksgiving weekend. Last month I shared with you all a decision I made to pursue my business full time. This meant that I would be working from home. With that in mind, I knew I needed an office space that would foster productivity, inspiration and a place that my clients could meet with me. I didn’t have a lot of options in my home, so I set out to create a small office space that would meet all my needs. I then converted a living space and created a shared living space.In that shared space, I created a small office. It is under 80 sq ft.
Yes I said it under 80 sq ft. Your probably wondering how is that possible. To be honest there are even smaller office spaces out there.From corner nooks, to floating consoles, turning closets into office spaces and using floating shelves under stair well cases, the possibilities are endless. With a little inspiration and creativity, you could create an office space that works for you.
Unlike most people, I had to tackle this project with two things in mind. I had a limited budget and limited space. This automatically forced me to think outside of the box. I decided what items I was going to splurge on and what items I would save on. Today I am going to share some tips on how I designed my small office space. Hope it inspires you to design your own.
#1. KEEP IT BRIGHT
Lighting changes the mood in any space. There are different ways in which you can adopt lighting into you small office space. Natural lighting, lamps or over head lighting could be used. The best being natural lighting. Make use of your window space by placing your desk directly in front of your window.Not all spaces will have the convenience of a window. In that case, you have the option of adding some work lamps, floor lamps, table lamps and even overhead lighting.
#2. INSPIRING PICTURES
Display or hang up pictures that are inspiring. This could be pictures of your loved ones or motivational quotes. Whatever can foster positivity and productivity. For spaces that have no window, consider adding pictures that have a landscape of a field or the ocean. This will give you the illusion that you are outdoors.
#3. DISPLAY CALENDARS
Calendars can be used as an art piece for your office plus they are essential for your work space. You can use a white board, table calendar, whatever works for you. Calendars are great as they allow you to see what you have going on for the month, set goals, keep your time organized and keeps you motivated. I was inspired to create a glass calendar because I wanted to use the calendar as an art piece.
I love scents. I have this thing with candles and have them everywhere. Not everyone loves candles and in that case you could use a diffuser, or oils. Whatever really works for you. Scents have memory inducing powers, are great for stress relief and are just great to add in a small space.
Storage is fundamental in a small space. A great way to add storage is using shelving. Shelving allows you to use the space vertically when you lack space horizontally. You will take advantage of the bear walls instead of the floor space that you don’t have. In addition enhances your design scheme.
Hope these tips help while you design your small space office. This month we will focus on small space design. Please come back for more tips and hacks. Until next time, have a great rest of the day.