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39 Ways To Set Up A Home Office In Your Tiny Apartment

Might as well clock in those WFH hours a little more comfortably.

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1. Invest in a *good* looking desk you can park in your living room or another nonoffice or high-traffic area without mussing up your home's aesthetic. Plus it won't take up that much space.

desk in a living room
Amazon

Promising review: "ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DESK!!! It exceeded my expectations. I needed a work area in my studio apartment and this desk added an upscale and classic flair to my space. The assembly took me less than 15 minutes. I am SO happy and recommend it to anyone. LOVE IT. Not too big. Not bulky. Perfect." —Desaree

Get it from Amazon for $134.22 (available in black or white).

2. Get a lot of bang for your buck with a two-tier folding desk that has a nice lil' shelf as part of it. Oh and did I mention it's foldable? Yep, and when work is up, you can fold this puppy up and shove it under your couch if you so choose. Gotta love that versatility!

Two-tier wood-top desk with black metal crossing legs
Amazon

Promising review: "I ordered this desk in a pinch. I live in Brooklyn in a smaller apartment where I quite frankly have no space to have a freestanding desk with my other furniture. When my company implemented a WFH policy last week, I took a gamble and ordered this desk because 1. I could collapse it and tuck it under my bed when I wasn't using it, and 2. It was spacious and sturdy looking enough to actually do work on. I received it today, and I am beyond pleased. No setup required — quite literally took it from the box, slid it from collapsed to open, and began working on it. I cannot recommend this enough for the price, functionality, and delivery speed!" —Sydney

Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in seven finishes).

3. And if you don't have the floor space for a proper desk (relatable!) a wall-mounted cabinet with a fold down desk large enough for a laptop will give you a designated spot without hogging too much space.

Amazon

Promising review: "Desk was easy to assemble. All picture directions. Sturdy and works great for laptop. Should be known that the recommended height installation on the wall is a little high so you would need to lower for an office or regular height chair (we are using a bar stool). Overall, very satisfied! Would love another as a vanity!" —Johnice L. Chapman

Get it from Amazon for $74.99 (available in three finsihes).

4. Or consider a minimalist wall-mounted drop-leaf table you can ~pop~ open when it's time to log on, then fold away when it's quitting time. (This may also help with some separation of church and state when it comes to WFH. I know that's a problem for me!)

Ikea

Promising review: "This is great for small spaces!! I love this little desk!! I bought it for my apartment so my son can do his homework without having a full-size desk taking up valuable space in his room. Now, I’ve bought a second one for my room!!!" —RockyClemsonFan

Get it from Ikea for $39.

5. Squeeze in a compact standing desk to keep you on your toes in more ways than one. WFH means moving around a lot less so you may appreciate a standing desk at home even more than in an office!

model standing at the small standing desk
Orbit / Etsy

Orbit is a Dallas-based Etsy shop that makes innovative, durable furniture built to last for sustainability. 

Promising review: "Love the desk! Perfect height, brilliant design, clearly care in craftsmanship, all the way through to how it was packaged." —Chris Robert


Get it from Orbit on Etsy for $235+ (available in two heights).

6. Put the dining chair back where it rightfully belongs and get an ergonomic mesh office chair. It has a curved backrest to support the natural curve of your spine, which that v cute dining chair doesn't.

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Promising review: "OMG this chair is so comfortable. I work from home as a customer service rep, which requires that I sit for hours. Let me tell you, this chair makes it exponentially easier. It is supportive of my back when in the locked position but is just as supportive when in the reclined position. Sometimes I don't even realize that I have been sitting in it for hours. It's also sturdy and can withstand my weight. It was very easy to assemble and well worth the money. Definitely a bargain." —Sofia

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in five colors).

7. Or seriously zhuzh up an existing chair with a memory foam chair cushion with a nonslip rubber bottom. It'll keep you comfy all day long while staying put.

Reviewer pic of the velvet-like cushion on the seat of an office chair
amazon.com

Promising review: "I work from home and sit at a desk in front of a computer for a minimum of 10 hours per day. I used to have to get up at least hourly for breaks that never helped to alleviate the 24/7 sciatica pain down my left leg. And long hours at my desk would leave my whole body sore. I've only had this cushion for one day, and my sciatica is barely noticeable, and I woke up today in no pain after using it yesterday. I'm a small person, so I can see how this might not be a good fit for everyone, but for me, it's already had a positive impact. I think because they are just cut foam with gel top and a thin cover that they will probably wear down easily, especially since I sit for so long, but it's a reasonable price and if I get six months at a time out of one, I'll consider that a pretty decent return on my investment. :)" —T. M.

Get it from Amazon for $35.95+ (available in black and gray).

8. And strap on some memory foam armrest pads because your elbows also deserve some cushy comfort while you plug away at that presentation. Or scroll through some BF Shopping stories ;).

Reviewer picture of the armrest pads on a desk chair
amazon.com

Promising review: "I have a desk chair that I live in that I have tried various configurations on the arms to keep from bruising my elbows. Nothing has been much help. I am very glad that I gave this a try! The covers are super-soft, and the memory foam works extremely well. I have only had the covers in use for a week, but already I can feel a difference. This is a product that will continue to be appreciated by my elbows." —Kindle Customer

Get them from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in black and gray).

9. Post a privacy sign at the "entrance" to your home office...even if it's in the middle of your living space. Perhaps this will prevent some roommates from barging into your video call or kids coming to you with requests that can def wait a few minutes.

A small circular dial sign you can turn to say "do not disturb," "out of office," or "welcome please knock"
Amazon

Promising review: "I work from home, and if you do too you may also encounter this odd scenario: merely closing the door to one’s office is not actually a reliable method to let others know you are working. I can’t say enough good things about this sign. It is a far better design and quality than expected at this price point. The sign is a dial-style, and really sturdy. The dial even has a click-in-place feature to prevent your status from accidentally moving when the door swings shut. Gone are the days of people thinking you’re available when you’re not! Well, at least you have forewarned them! I am extremely happy with the sign, and can recommend it to anyone who might need a little extra assistance in deterring work interruptions!" —Conscious Consumer

Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in black and white).

10. Create a sense of space (or mask water stains on a hand-me-down desk) with a reversible waterproof desk mat to turn most any table into your WFH space. Plus it just looks so nice!

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Promising review: "I'm an art teacher, and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak was going to put a lot of strain on my wood desk (which I keep mostly for show but now am forced to use for work). I ordered this desk pad because mint green is my favorite color, and I wanted something to protect my desk from paint and other art supplies. It arrived today, and it was so cute! It's exactly what I wanted. It's thin enough not to add too much bulk to the desk, the color is so fun, and it wipes off easily. I love that it's reversible, too, so I'll probably use one side for making tutorial videos for my classes and the other for when I'm painting. I was worried that it wouldn't lie flat because it came rolled up, but it lay flat immediately. And it came with a cute little belt in case I need to roll it back up again and store it!" —Jill S

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and six color combinations).

11. Designate an area for notes with a monitor memo board so your desktop doesn't turn into a patchwork of sticky notes. Cute for a quilt, not for your workspace.

Clear plastic memo board attached to a computer monitor with a photo, three sticky notes and a lip with a cell phone on it
Amazon

Plus, there's a hole at the bottom so you can plug in your phone!

Promising review: "I love my memo board! I was able to attach it to my computer monitor with no issues, and after weeks of use, it still remains securely attached. The materials are sturdy feeling, no bending or warping of any kind. I've got all my important reminders on it, which has been super helpful and keeps me from missing any important deadlines. I've also been able to write on it with a dry erase marker, and then wipe it off with a tissue. Many of my coworkers have commented on how useful it seems and have said they would be purchasing their own." —razorsharp77

Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in four styles).

12. Prop up bigger pieces of paper with a hand-painted standalone clipboard that'll either prop up on your desk or hang on the wall.

The rectangle-shaped clipboard with light brown on the top and green on the bottom with a clip and paper in it
The Heart Department Co / Etsy

BTW, this Black woman-owned business had been handcrafting wooden home, office, and event products from Northern Kentucky since 2017. This clipboard is made with Baltic birch wood and has a wooden peg to set on your desktop or a thumbhole to display on the wall.

Get it from The Heart Department Co on Etsy for $32.50.

13. Plus a glass dry-erase desktop whiteboard for the really important notes. *Oh* and it contains a drawer to help with tidying.

The dry erase board with the words "Isn't this fabulous?!!!" written out on it
amazon.com

The whiteboard also comes with a dry-erase marker, accessory channel (to hold the marker), and a storage drawer.

Promising review: "Never thought something analog would be SO useful in my daily routine. I work from home and am constantly project managing multiple complex strategic projects. Having pertinent information directly in front of me and top of mind has done incredible things for my productivity. Never would have imagined it would make such a difference. For a nominal investment, I highly recommend it if you have trouble keeping up with things."—Captainflapjax

Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in four colors and patterns).

14. Or stick some triangle storage units onto the bottom of your bottom of your monitor so you're never left searching for a pen when you need one.

three triangle shaped, clear plastic containers that stick to bottom of monitor
Amazon

Promising review: "Everyone at work comments on these! Easy to apply (we'll see how easy it comes off whenever I finally must remove it) and has stayed on so far. I work in an open floor plan with very little space for a lot of personal items. This works perfectly and was inexpensive enough that I have no concerns if something happens to it." —Mama S

Get two from Amazon for $6.98 (also available in trapezoid shapes).

15. Stick on a hidden drawer to buy yourself some extra space within reach for the stuff you only need to have on hand sometimes.

Closeup of a small rectangular drawer under a desk with assorted pens and an eraser inside
Amazon

Promising review: "The adhesive is VERY strong, adheres to my desk perfectly. I figured it could eventually weaken due to the pop-out action; however, that was not the case still as sturdy as the day I got it. I love it, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a small drawer to keep pens and small desk items in." —Niko

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in pink and blue).

16. Free up some space with a printer stand that'll fit underneath your desk...or just about anywhere that isn't taking up space on your desk.

A two-tier shelf with a printer on the top shelf and a stack of paper on the bottom shelf under a desk
Amazon

Plus, it has anti-skid pads so it will stay in place and can hold up to 44 pounds.

Promising review: "We were looking for a stand for our printer as our computer desk is rather small. This fits our printer and allows for extra storage room underneath. It was easy to assemble and is very sturdy. The anti-skid feet keep it in place, but it can still be moved around with a little effort." —Jjoslin

Get it from Amazon for $35.98.

17. If you're shelf-less, mount a hanging set of rainbow folders so you can quickly grab items as you need them. Plus it'll make for a cheery pop of color!

organizer hanging on wall
Amazon

Promising review: "This hanging folder set is EXACTLY what I've been needing. I ripped the calendar off the wall and put it right up the moment I got it. It immediately went to good use and cleared up my cluttered desk full of various paperwork. Love the color-coded folders. Although I was worried about how flimsy it might be, it seems sturdy and well made." —Karen

Get it from Amazon for $10.30.

18. Or if you can spare a little bit of floor space, get a rolling cart – it can hold all sorts of odds and ends, even the ones you use once in a blue moon.

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Promising review: "Super great product, easy to assemble and the storage capacity is just perfect for my home office. I really recommend this product. It was worth the price." —Sandra Solano

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

19. A colorful dry-erase glass board that'll double as a pop of wall art instead of the unsightly white version with streaks of colorful marker that's DEF showing up on your phone meetings.

purple glass board on meeting room wall
Quartet

Get it from Quartet for $105+ (available in four sizes and five colors).

20. Find a spot for all your cords thanks to a wall charger with six outlets *and* two USB fast-charging ports. No more dashing off screen in a team meeting to find a charger.

Reviewer pic of the six chargers and two USB chargers with things plugged in to all of them in the lit outlet
amazon.com

Promising review: "I work from home in a small apartment, and this really made my setup work the way I want it to. I need to use all six plugs, plus I like to keep my phone and Mi-Fi charging while working too. This was the perfect thing for me to get everything plugged in and essentially retrofitted into a built-in apartment wall desk setup that was intended for the large desktop towers of the late '90s. I’m ordering a second one in hopes it transforms another part of my weird floor plan. Bonus: The USB ports seem to fast-charge my iPhone XS Max. I can go from dead to fully charged in about 90 minutes." —Moose

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

21. Avoid getting any *actual* wires getting crossed or tripping hazards with some cable clips that'll let you organize all your cords exactly how you need them.

Small black circles with a slit down the center that stick to a surface to keep cords in place on a desk
Amazon

Promising review: "This is another fantastic product. I have a lot of electronics along with a lot of cords and cables. These do a great job of keeping things organized and available. No more crawling under the bed or behind the desk to recover the dropped cable!" —Ken Gunville

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

22. Get around oddly place outlets behind furniture with an ultra thin electrical cover. This babe cover is connected to a power strip that lets you charge six devices at a time.

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Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

23. Deter kids, cats, squirrels(?), or other small creatures wandering around your house from messing with your jumble of wires by keeping 'em safe in this cable management box. Plus it'll make your work area look tidier!

before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater
Amazon

Promising review: "This box does the trick. I'm able to place a few cords in here and the only thing I would change is to make it so the top stays on; maybe a groove it has to slide through so it can't fall off. It looks nice and it works well." —Gigi

Get it from Amazon for $16.59. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

24. Invest in a Wi-Fi extender, which'll especially come in handy if your office space is far, FAR away from your router. This'll help strengthen your Wi-Fi in all areas of your home.

Reviewer holding their phone up to the rectangular-shaped router that's plugged into the wall
amazon.com

IDK about you, but living in a pre-war apartment building in NYC means very thick walls separate my rooms and I've had Wi-Fi signal issues before because of it. Wish I knew this was a thing six years ago!

Promising review: "This is a great product. We live in an old farmhouse and even though we have the fastest and highest internet service, we just couldn't get the signal throughout the entire house, or even our upstairs. But once we plugged in this range extender, we now have our 5G throughout the entire house and even the garage! It was super easy to install. No hassles. Easy to follow instructions." —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

25. Transform basically any flat surface in your home into a standing desk with a foldable laptop stand.

The foldable laptop stand in grey on a table with a laptop on top of it
The Grommet

It can support 20 times its weight and folds flat for easy storage.

Promising review: "This is a great portable way to be able to stand while working. I spend far too much time at my computer and sitting and was looking for a way to be able to stand more. Standing desks are, in my opinion, expensive and unattractive — I love this folding design — definitely recommend!" —Julia

Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in four sizes and four colors) or The Grommet for $23.95+ (available in four sizes).

26. Set up a selfie ring light in case you've found your working space looks like a dungeon on Zoom calls. (Hey, it's a look!)

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This ring light has three color modes: warm light, cool white, and daylight. Plus, each mode has 11 brightness levels, so you can really customize it to whatever works best for you. The tripod extends from 17.5 inches to 51 inches and the base is also weighted, meaning it won't randomly tip over while you're using it.

Promising review: "Due to the pandemic and mostly working from home, we have to rely on using virtual meeting, such as Zoom. The lighting in my room/office isn't that great, and my face would always look dark in the videos. So I decided to get a selfie ring to see if it helps to lighten up my face on cam. It definitely did the trick. The size of the ring is perfect and the tripod can but set on the floor or on the table which is quite nice. Would recommend to those who needs extra lighting. Only thing is that it has to be plugged in to a USB port instead of a traditional plug, which I think would of been more convenient if there were that options available! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!" —Patrick.S

Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

27. And string up a color-changing LED string to help brighten up your space for your own dang self when you're not on video calls. Also, it just looks really cool OK?!

amazon.com, amazon.com

This even has a remote control so you can adjust the light settings from your bed (or office chair).

Promising review: "These lights were so much easier to install than I thought they'd be! The tape on the back is really strong and the lights themselves are brighter than the main light in my room. Everything was really dark and bland before, but these really made everything feel prettier than it was." —Shayna

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

28. Try out a sun lamp if you're in a windowless room or even a room with windows that seem to get all of three minutes of natural light a day. It'll help you better stick to your schedule and feel a better sense of normalcy.

The rectangle-shaped light sitting on the counter with a pour-over coffee next to it
Amazon

Promising review: "I work from home at night. I never see the light of day during the winter. This light has been a joy to have and gives great light at my desk to work with with the benefit of mimicking sun exposure. It’s very easy to use and to replace bulbs." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $59.99

29. Free up your desktop space for other activities outside of work hours with a custom laptop holder you can attach to the bottom of your desk.

bottom of table with laptop stored in brackets
Seekon Solutions / Etsy

Seekon Solutions is a Boston-based Etsy shop that specializes in 3D design and electronic accessories. 

Promising review: "I looked for this type bracket for a long time. Amazing! My desk looks super clean and tidy! I recommended it 100%" —Pablo

Get it from Seekon Solutions on Etsy for $14.88+ (available in three colors and three sizes, including custom).

30. Make your old dogs feel like they're on vacation (sorta, at least) by positioning a velvet memory foam foot rest at your work station.

profile of feet on the foot cushion
amazon.com

Promising review: "Suffering from gout at the moment and this relieves the pressure and pain off my foot while I still have to work from home. I also have swollen feet from my heart failure. Again, this relieves the pressure when I have fluid in my feet. It has been a bad month for me and I am so glad I tried this out. I am buying another for my office as well." —Skyhawk

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

31. Move around as you please (or get around not having room for a regular desk) with an adjustable rolling desk. It adjusts up and down so you can move it from seat to seat in your home.

The adjustable desk with wheels at the bottom and brown wood top
Amazon

Promising review: "I love this table! I finally have a place to work in my small apartment, and I can lower it to become a side table when I'm not using it for anything else. It is slightly slanted forward, which makes working from my couch easy — important since I don't have a desk chair. Sturdy and easy to put together once you know what you're doing. Hint: the wheels screw into the end plugs. Didn't notice this at first and spent the better part of five minutes trying to remove the nut." —J. Ward

Get it from Amazon for $33.88+ (available in five styles and in eight colors).

32. Stick a soundproofing strip along your door's edges (trust me, it's very easy) to help block out your roommate's work calls while you're just trying to get through your own.

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PLUS: This also makes sure that your air-conditioning and heat doesn't escape under your doors, thus saving you energy and money!

Promising review: "This product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in four colors).

33. Or consider a white noise machine to help drown out any distracting noise with a constant pfshhhhhh or nature sound that'll help you zone in on the task at hand.

A hand-sized white noise machine on a bedside table
Amazon

This machine has six modes: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook. It can run continuously or you can set a timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes.

Promising review: "As we're all on COVID alert and working from home, I don't have a 'quiet space' from which to work. So I bought this to drown out the sounds of the TV and other every noise at home. Works great. Can just leave it on or switch to the time mode if using it for sleep. The sounds are pretty continuous so you can't easily identify when the loop starts over again." —db

Get it from Amazon for $24.60+ (available in silver and blue).

34. Corral your work stuff with an adjustable wood shelf so you can stay somewhat tidy in your small space.

The shelf in black with books organized in two shelves on the right and small plants, a clock, and other trinkets in shelves on the left
Amazon

Promising review: "I needed some extra shelf space for my home office, especially now that we are working from home for the rest of the year. This was so so simple to set up and holds everything I need without any issues. You can also assemble it as you please which is a great feature!" —Tali1990

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in black, white, light brown, and dark brown).

35. Or use a little less space with a mesh desk organizer with a three-compartment sliding drawer, tray, and five upright sections to fit a whole lot in a postage stamp of space.

A reviewer's organizer with an assortment of desk supplies inside
amazon.com

Promising review: "As a teacher working remotely from home, I needed something to help me organize all of my files, teacher manuals, workbooks, and supplies! Now everything has its place! Not to mention how pretty it looks! Instructions were simple and easy to follow… assembly only took a couple of minutes!" —Lori R.

Get it from Amazon for $25.87.

36. Tidy up a modem-y mess by hiding it behind a bookish disguise as a decorative touch that's more useful than anyone could expect.

before pic of modems out in the open and then after pic of row of faux books hiding the modem
Covogoods / Etsy

Get it from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+ (available in a variety of colors and sizes).

37. Bring some ambient lighting to your monitor with a USB-powered LED light strip you attach to the back.

Amazon

Promising review: "Easy to install. Lights provide ample lighting; USB allows lights to be a stand-alone fixture without tying up another wall socket. The USB interface also acts to turn the lights on and off with the TV. Backlighting also seems to make the screen seem sharper." —Shaun

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available eight sizes/styles).

38. *Safely* vent with an F-bomb paperweight that'll hold stuff down while you want to go on an NSFW rant.

bomb shaped paperweight with an F on it
Uncommon Goods

This paperweight, which I own and adore, is made out of recycled steel by Utah-based artist Fred Conlon. 

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $45.

39. And treat yourself to something adorable but useful like this tape dispenser that looks like a turntable. You're gonna be at your desk, you might as well give it a lil' personality!

tape dispenser with the roll on the record part and the end of the tape stuck to the needle part, there's even a cover that goes up and down
amazon.com

Promising review: "Most novelty tape dispensers I have seen aren’t heavy enough to do one-handed tape dispensing, but this one is. I am really pleased. It even matches my instant camera sticky note dispenser." —Michael

Get it from Amazon for $12.04.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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