Office space under the stairs

10 smart design ideas for small home office spaces.

How do I set up a small office space in my home? This is the million-dollar question that I have been asking myself for several months now. Most of the time, my office space has been reduced to using the arm chair of the couch, my lap, coffee table and so on. Living in a 2-bedroom apartment, there is limited space where I can comfortably place a desk and chair and call it my office space. As much as I do not carry work home from the office, I’ve been thinking I need somewhere I can spend at least a few hours a day to work on everything Manjano Zuri.

My daughter is almost 2 years now and she recently moved out of our bedroom. So now, I am thinking of turning her nursery corner into an office space. It is just the right size for a small corner office. I had put up a few pieces of nursery art which I think will blend in well with the office furniture since they are fun, artistic and motivating as well.

Since I will be putting up an office in the master bedroom, it is important to subscribe to the ‘less is more’ theory to avoid clutter. I think this is a mistake many of us make when trying to create a multi functional space but instead end up with a whirlwind of clutter.

In my case, since there is a bed on one side of the room, all I need is a desk, chair, bin, probably two or three floating shelves on the wall and a rug (optional). With these few items, the room appears less busy and at the same time multi functional.

If you are looking for ways to make your rooms multi functional with little to no space, then I have just the right tips and tricks to inspire you;

  • Add a mirror – Mirrors give the illusion of depth and are the perfect way to accentuate a room.
  • Natural light – Sunlight always brings out the beauty and color of everything it touches. A room with natural light is airy, radiant and some say sunlight produces the ‘happy’ hormone, serotonin 😊.
  • Visual impact – This works well if your aim is to distract the small dimensions of the room. You can use a huge chandelier or a painting to create this visual impact.
  • Color coordination – Choose a two or three shade combination. Color is what ties a room together
  • Hidden furniture – Pick furniture that can double up in functionality. For instance, a sofa bed. When the bed is not in use, fold it up and use it as a sofa.
  • Maximize storage – Consider using your walls for storage. Put up floating shelves, wall-to-wall cabinets, use the space under your bed for storage or if you are thinking of getting a new bed, get one with in-built storage.

Here are some of my top smart design ideas for small home office spaces.


Utilize the smallest corner in your room for an office space
A corner office set up just by your bedroom window.


Bedside office space.
When you remember you forgot to send your proposal to a potential client, just jump out of bed and land on your office desk right next to you.


Small home office space.
A bedside office space that is simple yet perfect.


Home office space in your kitchen.
Perfect spot to write up all those recipes that you always want to try out.


Kitchen office space.
How genius is this?


Entryway office space.
Turn your entryway into an office space.


Small home office space.
This space definitely subscribed to the theory of less is more. I love how precise it is in detail.


Office space under staircase.
If you use under the staircase to store shoes, here is a genius idea if you are looking for an office space.


Office space in your living room.
I didn’t think having an office desk in your living room would work until I saw this. Yay or Nay?


Office space in living room.
This would work, right? Yay or Nay?


I hope these ideas help you to create that perfect home office space you’ve envisioned for the longest time. You don’t have to tear down walls to make space; just declutter and move furniture around and you’ll be surprised at how much space you haven’t utilized in your home.

Drop a comment or two below and let me know if you feel inspired. As usual, for more Interior Styling tips and tricks, keep it Manjano and follow my Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook pages.



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