9 Home Office Remodel Ideas

Sharon Greenthal
Written by Sharon Greenthal
Updated January 11, 2022
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With so many people working from home indefinitely, finding a space in your house where you can concentrate, take calls, and focus on your responsibilities can be a job in itself. Our eight ideas for home office spaces will help you create the perfect workspace that won’t make your home feel like your office when you’re not on the clock.

1. Fold-Down Workspace

A fold-down desk can turn just about any empty wall space into a workspace. Add a folding chair or an ergonomic stool and some low-profile baskets for storage, and you’ll be able to stash away your job when your workday finishes. If you’re handy, you can build your fold-down desk, but many options are available to purchase. A fold-down workspace is an excellent solution for small homes or apartments.

2. Office and Playspace Combination

Families with young kids often have a designated playroom that probably doesn’t get much use during school hours. These playrooms are a great place to create a home workspace. If you have the space, this is an opportunity to make a homework space for your kids, too. A built-in desktop with multiple workstations will give everyone a place to call their own and get their work done.

3. Create a Cloffice

A cloffice is an office in a closet. A cloffice is an efficient way to carve out a home workspace with minimal impact on your living areas or bedrooms. You can create a cloffice in any size closet, from a hallway coat closet to a large walk-in. What you give up in storage space you will easily make up for with the peace of mind that a designated workspace is all yours. Make sure your cloffice door can close so you can put away your work when you are ready to relax and enjoy your home.

4. Entryway Office Space

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The entryway in your home may be an underutilized space, with perhaps a bench, coat rack, or a decorative table where you drop your keys when you come home. Why not use your entryway for a workspace instead? Add a functional and attractive desk and chair, and you’ll be ready to go. You may need to stay more organized than usual with an entryway office, but that’s a small concession to have a workspace of your own.

5. Treadmill Desk

Walking while working is a popular option for home-based employees who want to work on their fitness while reading spreadsheets. Treadmill desks feature some sort of mount for a laptop or paperwork, and take up no more space than a regular treadmill.

6. Kitchen-Based Office

Many kitchens in homes built in the ‘50s and ‘60s included built-in desks meant for homemakers to manage their household tasks, but a kitchen-based office for the 21st century is a very different thing. If you are renovating your kitchen, it’s a great opportunity to claim space for a workspace that will suit your needs. Add shelving above the desk and plenty of outlets and USB ports for all your electronics. 

Bonus: Having your workspace in the kitchen means you won’t have to go as far for your coffee refills.

7. Dining Room Office

So many dining rooms are left unused the majority of the time, with kitchen tables and islands serving as the preferred locations for meals for busy people. A dining room table is a perfect place for an at-home workspace since most are large and offer lots of room to spread out if you need to. A dining room home office can do extra duty as a library as well—add bookshelves to the room, and you’ll have a functional space for storage and a cozy place for dinner, too.

8. Stairway Landing

What’s on your stairway landing? Possibly a laundry basket, some toys, or a chair that no one ever sits in, making this space an excellent option for a home office. If there’s a window on your stairway landing, position your desk so you get lots of daylight to keep you energized and focused.

9. Guest Room

Ideally, guestrooms would be used only by guests, but a guest room can and should serve dual purposes when a home workspace is needed. Swap out that rarely used dresser for a desk and chair, and you’ll get much more use out of your guest room than when it was only for visitors. When guests visit, simply stash away your papers and other work items, and they’ll feel right at home.

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