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.
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!
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!
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.
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 ;).
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.
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.
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.
13. Plus a glass dry-erase desktop whiteboard for the really important notes. *Oh* and it contains a drawer to help with tidying.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
25. Transform basically any flat surface in your home into a standing desk with a foldable laptop stand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
34. Corral your work stuff with an adjustable wood shelf so you can stay somewhat tidy in your small space.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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