Anyone with a small space and a big hustle deserves special attention. Your focus should be on building your business, not trying to come up with home office ideas for your small space.
Space is something we consider in most aspects of our everyday lives – in our vehicles, furniture, purses, and on our laptops. But when it comes to our home office, we agonize over creating the perfect space that matches our entrepreneurial spirit. This process can become frustrating if we have a multi-purpose home office or lack of space. Learning a few design hacks can help you create the perfect home office for small spaces.
Our emotional response to our work environments has dramatic impact on our productivity. It’s no surprise that top companies like Google, Facebook, and AOL understand this component precisely. How we feel when we walk into a space can boost or depress our moods. Below is an image of a common space found at AOL’s Canadian headquarters. The goal behind these well planned spaces is to give an aesthetic mood boost to employees. No standard issue boring furniture here. Everything is intentional and quite frankly makes you want to be at work. You deserve for your home office to give an aesthetic mood boost as well. A boost in your bottom line could even be one of the perks.
As you consider the functionality that your home office must have and the vibe that you want it to evoke, lets jump right into designing in one corner of a room. You can finally say that you’ve arrived because you have the infamous corner office and its not far from your bedroom or your kitchen! The featured infographic offers a starting point for any small space, big hustle entrepreneur. You can let your imagination flow freely as your work this into your particular room configuration. The important aspects to remember are:
- Curtains hide junk and other “work flow” items, like bulletin boards, dry erase boards, storage containers for supplies and power cords. Mounting your curtain hardware on beams or blocks just below your molding can provide any desired depth for your curtain position. Fabric is like clothes for your walls. Without it, you could feel a little exposed.
- Plumbing pips found at your local hardware store make excellent curtain rods. These are great because you can have them cut to size and easily turn corners or soften the return to your wall with elbow attachments. This option is often much less expensive than purchasing an extended length curtain rod. If you are on a tight budget or you just want to play around with color, don’t rule out using PVC piping. This options provides you with the option to paint the pies any color you would like, or even a faux metal finish.
- Prints create impact. If you are a renter or afraid to commit to bold wall colors then let bold prints do the talking. You can introduce prints through your curtains, floor rugs, artwork or even your upholstery.
- Thrift store and estate sales usually have hidden gems with good bones! Do a little research before you go though, you don’t want to be overcharged for something that is commonly found. Be weary of the “antique” trick. A lot of yard sales and thrift stores will use that phrase on anything prior to 1980 just because it is dated. Now I am no antique police, but I hate to see someone get charged for an antique when it’s really an inexpensive reproduction from a retail store.
Enjoy the infographic below. If you act on this inspiration please let us know about it. Feel free to post pics in the comment section.
AOL – Canadian Office Space – If Powerhouse brands like AOL are paying attention to the importance of design and productivity, shouldn’t you?
AOL’s Canadian office maintains the same high end aesthetic that all of AOL buildings embrace. Working in a well designed space actually makes your want to do work. The 2.8 million people that work from home daily can take a design note or two from brands like AOL
Understand how you can hack your home office if you have a small space and a big hustle. Check out this bohemian interior design rendering for small space ideas.