45 Small Home Office Design Ideas (Photos)

Welcome to our small home office photo gallery showcasing many home office ideas of all types, styles and colors. You don't need a big space to have a great home office, study or den.
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I love home office design.  I have a sizeable home office in the basement at our home.

However, you don’t need a lot of space to create a great working space.  Check out the examples below.

Small Home Office Chart

We analyzed 36,590 home offices and determined that 19% of them fall in the small size.  Here’s the chart:

Chart showing small home office percentages

Photo Examples and Ideas

Below is our collection of examples and ideas.

The Condo Office

Tiny office space in condo by DECOR AID

Tiny office space in condo by DECOR AID

The closet office

How's this for an efficient home office? It's a closet built under a staircase. While not ideal for working at home, for a place to work on a computer, it's ideal. The designer put in a lot of care here with the built-in floating desk, floating shelves and colors. Even the stools fit under the desk so the closet doors can be closed.

How’s this for an efficient home office? It’s a closet built under a staircase. While not ideal for working at home, for a place to work on a computer, it’s ideal. The designer put in a lot of care here with the built-in floating desk, floating shelves and colors. Even the stools fit under the desk so the closet doors can be closed.


The tiny room office with a window

Here's a tiny room with a full-width desk, large arched window with original brick walls painted white. While small, this is a comfortable and attractive place to work. This is a fabulous example of a small home office.

Here’s a tiny room with a full-width desk, large arched window with original brick walls painted white. While small, this is a comfortable and attractive place to work. This is a fabulous example of a small home office.

Small but elegant

This is a beautiful design that anyone could incorporate into a small spare bedroom or any extra room. The built-in shelving, contemporary desk, guest chair and wood flooring with area rug make this a cozy and comfortable small home office space that anyone would be happy to have. Seriously, look closely at this and you'll see it's not expensive and not difficult to execute this look.

This is a beautiful design that anyone could incorporate into a small spare bedroom or any extra room. The built-in shelving, contemporary desk, guest chair and wood flooring with area rug make this a cozy and comfortable small home office space that anyone would be happy to have. Seriously, look closely at this and you’ll see it’s not expensive and not difficult to execute this look.

Bonus room home office

Here's a bonus room space that's converted into a small home office. It's pretty minimalist, but does the job.

Here’s a bonus room space that’s converted into a small home office. It’s pretty minimalist, but does the job.

Corner nook office

If you have no dedicated room available, look for an unused corner where you can put a small desk (we have this IKEA desk as well). You really don't need much space and as you can see this work area looks good, is very inexpensive and serves perfectly well for a home office.

If you have no dedicated room available, look for an unused corner where you can put a small desk (we have this IKEA desk as well). You really don’t need much space and as you can see this work area looks good, is very inexpensive and serves perfectly well for a home office.


The attic office

If you have an attic, here's a great idea for how to convert it into a small home office. Just watch your head.

If you have an attic, here’s a great idea for how to convert it into a small home office. Just watch your head. Designed by: Closet Works

All white small home office

Again, another example of a beautiful design that's not expensive or difficult. This is just white walls, white desk, white ceiling and dark hardwood flooring resulting in a very attractive work space.

Again, another example of a beautiful design that’s not expensive or difficult. This is just white walls, white desk, white ceiling and dark hardwood flooring resulting in a very attractive work space. Designed by: Chango & Co

Contemporary design

There's also a home office with built-in shelves and glass windows letting the sunlight through.

Example of a small room with a contemporary home office design. You can gell a few bucks was invested here with the office furniture but otherwise it’s a simple, but effective design. Source: Trulia

Loft apartment office

Another example of a tiny computer station in a home that works in a tiny space. Original brick wall retained but painted white. Recessed lighting nicely illuminates the space

Another example of a tiny computer station in a home that works in a tiny space. Original brick wall retained but painted white. Recessed lighting nicely illuminates the space.LLI Design


The thoroughfare home office nook

Here's a great design in between bedrooms. This is a jack and jill home office which is cool by fitting it in a small thoroughfare space between two bedrooms.

Here’s a great design in between bedrooms. This is a jack and jill home office which is cool by fitting it in a small thoroughfare space between two bedrooms.

Rustic

Here's a classic rustic style home office with lots of distressed wood and matching distressed wood desk.

Here’s a classic rustic style home office with lots of distressed wood and matching distressed wood desk. Designed by: Crosswood Homes

Minimalist

Cool modern minimalist home office with cool modern writing desk and orange chair in an otherwise all white space with hardwood flooring. It doesn't get simpler than this yet looks good.

Cool modern minimalist home office with cool modern writing desk and orange chair in an otherwise all white space with hardwood flooring. It doesn’t get simpler than this yet looks good.Designed by: Ben Amzaleg

Next to the kitchen

I love this design for an office off the kitchen in a bright corridor. A long built-in desk has space for two workstations, which is great for kids or the home's computers.

I love this design for an office off the kitchen in a bright corridor. A long built-in desk has space for two workstations, which is great for kids or the home’s computers. Designed by: la SHED Architecture

Craftsman

Classic craftsman style home office with light wood desk, hardwood flooring and matching floating shelves.

Classic craftsman style home office with light wood desk, hardwood flooring and matching floating shelves.

Modern renovated attic

I love this modern attic home office with two skylights and small glass-topped modern desk. It's a beautiful space where it's removed from the rest of the home for privacy and quiet.

I love this modern attic home office with two skylights and small glass-topped modern desk. It’s a beautiful space where it’s removed from the rest of the home for privacy and quiet.


Tiny under the stairs workspace

This is about as small as it gets with this tiny home office placed under a staircase. The desk is just big enough to accommodate a laptop and mouse pad. It works though.

This is about as small as it gets with this tiny home office placed under a staircase. The desk is just big enough to accommodate a laptop and mouse pad. It works though.

Small home executive office

It may be a small room, but this office is definitely the executive style with built-in white shelves, gorgeous dark wood desk with guest chair. The room has new hardwood floors with a well-selected area rug that ties the room together.

It may be a small room, but this office is definitely the executive style with built-in white shelves, gorgeous dark wood desk with guest chair. The room has new hardwood floors with a well-selected area rug that ties the room together.

Custom built-ins in small space

Highly functional l-shaped built-in desk and work station with built-in upper cabinets make this a great small home office that would work for a full time work-from-home space without requiring a large space.

Highly functional l-shaped built-in desk and work station with built-in upper cabinets make this a great small home office that would work for a full time work-from-home space without requiring a large space. Designed by Closet Factory

Small minimalist white home office with dark wooden shelves, stylish furniture in neutral colors, and a colorful painting for a pump of energy to the room.

Small minimalist white home office with dark wooden shelves, stylish furniture in neutral colors, and a colorful painting for a pump of energy to the room. Designed by Canny

Tiny home office with warm brown interior wallpaper and a matching table, a plush armchair, and a colorful painting to spark imagination, passion, and romance. 

Tiny home office with warm brown interior wallpaper and a matching table, a plush armchair, and a colorful painting to spark imagination, passion, and romance. Designed by Roselind Wilson Design

Small Industrial-style galley home office with grey built-in bookcases, minimalist chair and a table with a wide tabletop surface, and built-in seating with throw pillows and ambient wall lighting.

Small Industrial-style galley home office with grey built-in bookcases, minimalist chair and a table with a wide tabletop surface, and built-in seating with throw pillows and ambient wall lighting. Designed by GAO


Woman standing outside the space alloted for a small open office in an open concept home.

Woman standing outside the space alloted to a small open office in an open concept home. Designed by: Dot Partners

Gaudy small home office with gray and white walls, geometric chrome wall mirrors, floor lamp, and a chrome lamp and table standing on a rug with busy patterns.

Gaudy small home office with gray and white walls, geometric chrome wall mirrors, floor lamp, and a chrome lamp and table standing on a rug with busy patterns. Designed by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Tiny Eclectic home office with black-framed square and rectangle wall frames of varying sizes featuring black and white photos and white open space offset by the vivid red on the furniture pieces and accessories.

Tiny Eclectic home office with black-framed square and rectangle wall frames of varying sizes featuring black and white photos and white open space offset by the vivid red on the furniture pieces and accessories. Designed by Stephane Chamard

Small Industrial home office with gray rustic walls, green sliding doors, and a matching green L-shaped built-in desk.

Small Industrial home office with gray rustic walls, green sliding doors, and a matching green L-shaped built-in desk. Designed by: Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

Contemporary home office with full glazed walls that let in the stunning greenery outdoors and some wooden rectangular frames for a touch of visual warmth to the room.

Contemporary home office with full glazed walls that let in the stunning greenery outdoors and some wooden rectangular frames for a touch of visual warmth to the room. Designed by: Jesse Bennett

Tiny minimalist home office with low shed ceiling, recessed lighting, a photo wall frame, and a vivid orange chair for a touch of color to the room.

Tiny minimalist home office with low shed ceiling, recessed lighting, a photo wall frame, and a vivid orange chair for a touch of color to the room. Designed by: Ben Amzaleg


Small white home office with built-in open shelving and desktop and an aquarium-themed ceiling and wall.

Small white home office with built-in open shelving and desktop and an aquarium-themed ceiling and wall. Designed by CEILTRIM

Home office with a clever bookcase or shelving design by the windows and a rectangular wood tabletop.

Home office with a clever bookcase or shelving design by the windows and a rectangular wood tabletop. Designed by: Chan Architecture

Tiny home office in a carved space with built-in desk and plenty of hidden storage from the built-in wood cabinetry.

Tiny home office in a carved space with built-in desk and plenty of hidden storage from the built-in wood cabinetry. Designed by: Slade Architecture

Tiny rustic home office with a built-in desk and stool.

Tiny rustic home office with a built-in desk and stool. Designed by PplusP Designers

Tiny home office with an office table with low shelving, a stylish chair, and floor-to-ceiling windows and transparent draperies.

Tiny home office with an office table with low shelving, a stylish chair, and floor-to-ceiling windows and transparent draperies. Designed by Dmitriy Mudrogelenko

Small home office with built-in open shelving, a built-in desk, windows, and a sofa.

Small home office with built-in open shelving, a built-in desk, windows, and a sofa. Designed by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Contemporary home office with a rectangular table that serves as a workspace for two and built-in cabinetry with spacious countertop space.

Contemporary home office with a rectangular table that serves as a workspace for two and built-in cabinetry with spacious countertop space. Designed by Metropole Architects

Small white modern home office with cubbies shelving, built-in desk with storage organizers, and some colorful accessories for a jolt of color.

Small white modern home office with cubbies shelving, built-in desk with storage organizers, and some colorful accessories for a jolt of color. Designed by Roselind Wilson Design

Attic home office with a window seating, a wall-mounted TV, carpet flooring, and a floating shelf above the office table and chair.

Attic home office with a window seating, a wall-mounted TV, carpet flooring, and a floating shelf above the office table and chair. Designed by Roselind Wilson Design

Tiny modern home office with kitchen nook-style table and bench seating.

Tiny modern home office with kitchen nook-style table and bench seating. Designed by jm architecture

Home office with grayish blue walls, a window with floor-to-ceiling curtains, floor lamps, low yellow walls, and a matching yellow armchair facing the wooden office table.

Home office with grayish blue walls, a window with floor-to-ceiling curtains, floor lamps, low yellow walls, and a matching yellow armchair facing the wooden office table.

Simple home office with built-in open shelving for plenty of storage and an attached space-saving built-in desk paired with a wicker armchair and wastebasket.

Simple home office with built-in open shelving for plenty of storage and an attached space-saving built-in desk paired with a wicker armchair and wastebasket.

Attic home office with freestanding open shelving, a long rectangular office table, and a stylish lamp.

Attic home office with freestanding open shelving, a long rectangular office table, and a stylish lamp.

Small home office with a small corner window, an office table with drawers, and a couple of chairs.

Small home office with a small corner window, an office table with drawers, and a couple of chairs.

Tropical style home office with an indoor plant, green plush chair, wicker furniture, glass table, and a beige ottoman.

Tropical style home office with an indoor plant, green plush chair, wicker furniture, glass table, and a beige ottoman.

Small home office with large windows, floating shelves, and wood flooring.

Small home office with large windows, floating shelves, and wood flooring.

Tropical style home office with shutter windows, woven furniture and accessories such as the wall stars and hanging fishes, an indoor plant, rustic table, and wood flooring.

Tropical style home office with shutter windows, woven furniture and accessories such as the wall stars and hanging fishes, an indoor plant, rustic table, and wood flooring.

Small home office with recessed lighting, built-in shelving, built-in desk with drawers and paired with an accent velvet chair, a wall mirror, and carpet flooring.

Small home office with recessed lighting, built-in shelving, built-in desk with drawers and paired with an accent velvet chair, a wall mirror, and carpet flooring.

Spacious urban chic home office with white walls decorated featuring a decorative industrial copper lighting, a floating shelf with pipes, woven blinds, crates that make up a stylish desk with storage and paired with a cushioned crate ottoman, and a colorful rug on the wooden flooring.

Spacious urban chic home office with white walls decorated featuring a decorative industrial copper lighting, a floating shelf with pipes, woven blinds, crates that make up a stylish desk with storage and paired with a cushioned crate ottoman, and a colorful rug on the wooden flooring.

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If you lack square footage in your home, you can still create an ideal home office by taking advantage of every inch of space that you’ve got. Don’t let a small home office room cramp your decorating style. This gallery will show you several clever ways to work with the space you have and still create a stylish small office.

How to Utilize Space In a Small Home Office

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the room, storage or square feet, you don’t need to give up on the idea of having a useful and stylish home office. There are tricks and tips you can to utilize storage and create the feeling of a more open and airy office. You can decorate your office in just about any style you want and still use these ideas to utilize better the space you have.

Use a Built-in Desk

You don’t need a large, extravagant desk in your home office. In fact, out of 40,090 home offices, about 34.96% of designers preferred built-in desks. Built-in furniture is advantageous because it blends in well and looks like a part of the house.This is a great option for small home offices because it can be tucked away and doesn’t make the room feel smaller.

Use Light Colors

In small space, everything counts, including the colors. To make your small home office feel a bit bigger combine light and reflective colors such as whites, soft blues, and greens. Try painting any trim or moldings lighter than the walls to make them appear to be further back. Avoid dark, bold colors because they tend to make a room look smaller than it actually is.

Hang Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are the perfect way to add some storage or decorative elements into a room without taking up any floor space. Depending on how tall your walls are, you can stack several shelves above each other. You can use these to showcase a beautiful collection of your favorite books, artwork, or any other accessories to go along with your style.

Remove Any Clutter

Clutter looks unattractive in any type of room but it downright just doesn’t belong in a small space. When there’s too much stuff in random places, it makes the small space feel very cramped and unproductive. Keep everything tidy and organized and put things in their place.








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