Eking out that extra few square feet for the home office is a task that is hard enough, but maximizing this space further takes the challenge to a whole new level. Even if you have finally managed to free up a small room for the home office, making the most of every inch available means dealing with those awkward corners. Often neglected and easily overlooked, that boring, closed and dark corner in your home office holds plenty of potential. It is just a matter of finding what works best for you.
Obviously with a hint of creativity and the right inspiration, you can easily (and at times frugally) transform that forgotten corner in your modest home office. Today, we take care of the latter part of that equation by showcasing 23 home offices that utilize corners to fullest. And as you flip though these gorgeous home workspaces, you just might stumble upon that elusive idea that will alter your own home office forever!
1. Serving Your Storage Needs
Beyond the desk and chair, the first thing that we are worried about in the home office is storage space. Some of us might want to stack away files; others might just need a bit of shelf space for stationery. Regardless of your needs, turning towards the corners is a smart way to solve your space conundrum in the home office. Corner shelving is easy to incorporate, and you can even custom craft wall-mounted cabinets that take up zero foot space. Open floating shelves in the corner can also help in decorating the home office while giving it a more open, airy appeal.
2. A Relaxing Reading Nook
Maybe shelf space is not the biggest concern in your home office. Then go a step further and turn that boring corner into a comfy and elegant reading nook. All you need here is a relaxing lounger, a side table along with a table lamp (or a sleek floor lamp), and of course, a small shelf to hold your favorite books. Once you are done with your laptop, you can now unwind in the home office with a book and a drink, thanks to your new corner reading nook!
3. A Cozy Conversation Zone
We understand that not everyone out there wishes to spend countless hours flipping through books, and many might wish to unwind by having a pleasant conversation with someone they love. If you are looking for a space that is cozy, elegant and tranquil, then that forgotten corner in the home office might just be it. Throw in a couple of club chairs and a small coffee table, and you not only have a conversation zone, but also additional seating space for your clients.
4. A Fiery Makeover
Guess what would really complete your fabulous and pleasant ‘conversation corner’? – a fireplace, of course! Corner fireplaces provide a dazzling and stylish focal point to the home office, and they bring both aesthetics and ergonomics to the workspace. You need not be worried too much about wastage of space, and those willing to go the extra mile can also place a TV above the fireplace to complete a classy home office.
5. Switching Into a Guest Room
The guest room / home office combination is a popular and convenient option for many, and once again, the lonely corner can come to your rescue here. Adding a Murphy bed or even a smart daybed to the home office corner is pretty easy, and in many of these cases, the beds tend to disappear completely when not in use. Whether you are desperately trying to find space for an additional bedroom / guest room or frequently have friends visiting over the weekend, this is a solution that makes your life a whole lot easier.
6. Refreshing Indoor Greenery
This might sound a bit too innocuous because we are simply suggesting you decorate that empty corner with an indoor plant. But how many of you have a hint of greenery adding to the freshness of your home office? Plants offer benefits that go beyond aesthetics, and you can even get an air-purifying plant that rids the home office of harmful toxins and makes your life healthier and happier. When it comes to increasing workspace productivity, never neglect the power of natural goodness!
7. Opening up to the View Outside
What is much better than just one indoor plant in the corner of the home office? Obviously a corner window that opens up the room to the lovely view outside and also brings in fresh air and natural light throughout the day. Corner windows come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, with those from floor-to-ceiling behemoths to ones that give you a quick peek of the weather outside. Those blessed with a home office next to the pool deck or backyard garden can also consider sliding glass doors that fashion an even more stunning indoor-outdoor interplay.