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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.

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

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

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.

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!)

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

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.

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

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

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"

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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!)

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?!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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