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6 Stylish Ways To Incorporate Office Desks Into Your Small Apartment

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6 Stylish Ways To Incorporate Office Desks Into Your Small Apartment

These days, Fido is your only coworker, and all that’s required for you to start your day is a 10-step commute from your bed. Yes, you work from the comfort of your apartment, and you couldn’t be happier about it. The problem? Your apartment is far from being a spacious abode. As a result, your current work setup is increasingly making you feel claustrophobic.

The good news? Even the smallest apartments can become the perfect office spaces—ones that are both functional and visually appealing—with the right approach. Here’s a rundown on six stylish ways to incorporate modern home office desks into your small apartment this spring.

1. Nightstand Desk Duo

Corner desk with overhead lighting

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Thinking about setting up your office space in your bedroom? Consider setting up a small, cozy desk beside your bed. The desk can easily hold your work materials during the day and double as your nightstand when you retire for the evening, thus saving you space.

Be sure to curate accents around your desk-nightstand to make your workspace inspiring. For instance, consider incorporating a beautiful tapestry or a colorful family portrait captured by a company like Jon Paul Photography into the space.

2. Bedroom Wall Statement

Bright white desk surrounded by shelving and plants

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Not crazy about using a nightstand as your desk? Simply choose an open wall to position your small desk against.

What’s great about this technique is that your desk can still easily tie into your bedroom furniture, thus giving your room the cohesive look you desire. Consider adding wall shelves above the desk to store important items. This will leave additional space on your room floor for other activities, like apartment gardening.

Desk in a bedroom with modern chair

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3. Bedroom Corner Configuration

Yet another viable office bedroom option for a small apartment involves placing a small desk near your bed that can double as your vanity in the morning. This setup, like the nightstand-desk setup, will immediately save you space. However, to save even more space, consider installing a captivating pendant light above your desk instead of simply setting a lamp on the table.

Round table with stylish modern chairs

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4. Living Room Wall Consideration

If you’d rather spend your working hours in your living room, you can’t go wrong with setting up a ladder or bookshelf desk in this space.

Folding desk with hidden monitor compartment

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This and other types of hidden desks offer the benefit of helping you to maximize your vertical space, thus making your living room’s floor space feel less cluttered. As a result, your living room will feel more airy and open, especially if your ceilings are high. In addition, the desk will look perfect next to your sofa and living room rug, thus making your living and working space more aesthetically pleasing.

5. Setup Under Your Stairs

Desk utilising space under the stairs

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If you live in a townhouse or double-story apartment and have space under your stairs to accommodate a desk for working from home, then now couldn’t be a better time to take full advantage of it. This is one of the most overlooked spaces for an office desk, but it shouldn’t be that way for multiple reasons.

For one, by placing a desk under your stairs, you can make this area of your apartment look and feel less awkward. Instead, it will serve as the perfect extension to your living room. In fact, it can quickly become your room’s focal point while still offering you a sense of privacy when it’s time to clock in.

6. A Case for Nooks

Desk made from a wood log built into a window nook

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Take a quick look around your apartment. Do you see any alcoves or corners that are a bit tricky to decorate? You might want to turn one of them into a mini office space, or the perfect office nook.

With this setup, you maximize your floor space and instantly add function to a corner that would otherwise go unused. Adding shelving in the area will also make it easier for you to store your office supplies and books.

What works best for your space?

Figuring out how to make your apartment a more work-friendly space can no doubt be frustrating and overwhelming. However, with the above-listed tips, you can be well on your way to creating your dream home office—one you’ll never get tired of waking up to each day.

Person working on a table at a dining room table

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In the end, it all comes down to you and the space you have to work with. If your kitchen table is the space with the most light and promotes more productivity, then choose that space to adjust and enhance. Small steps are key to transforming your small apartment into your very own headquarters—the spot where big things will get done in the months and years ahead.

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About The Author
Carolyn Mitchell is a freelance writer and content strategist with a passion for home décor and maintenance. She can often be found re-painting and updating the furnishings in her home, and she is also a dedicated cat mom to two adorable kitties.
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