How to create a home office in a small space (and with limited levels of concentration)

Everything you need for a chic, space-efficient and multi-functional home office.


Usually, when we get in the door of our home, the last thing we want to think about is work. We're thinking about dinner and the sofa and a lovely, cosy bed. And this is important because we all need to have boundaries around work.

However, this is not as simple when you work from home, freelance or are doing some extra-curricular work that requires study time at home. Often, it's not possible to dedicate an entire room to a workspace, meaning work can end up on the kitchen counter or sprawled across the dining room table. However, remember those boundaries? It is important to have a dedicated space, one where you can sit down and immediately focus on work at ... and one that you can then get up and leave your work behind you.

This doesn't have to be a large space, it can be a corner of the living room or one wall of the spare room. If you know the limits of your space (and all the limits of your own procrastination levels) you should be able to create an office area that not only fulfils your work needs, but also enhances your home.

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We've rounded up some of our favourite items for a multi-functional home office space.

Furniture

Lots of people struggle for space in their house and often the kitchen table or living room sofa become the spot for extra-curricular work and study. This gorgeous walnut bureau comes with plenty of benefits. As well as being narrow, it has plenty of storage and best of all you can roll down the front when you want to hide away any unfinished business. That way, you can enjoy your evening without all of tomorrow's jobs catching in the corner of your eye.

Grayson bureau, €688, John Lewis

If you had something a little sleeker in mind, this customisable is designed to hide everything from paperwork to electronic wires underneath its flush worktop so you can both store and work on it.

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Cupertino desk, from €756, BoConcept

However, if space really is your biggest concern and you're just not sure if you had room for a desk never mind an entire office, this little Leonie desk is just right for you.

With a pull-out timber tray, you can give yourself enough room to work, it slides away when you not working. The whole unit is under 80cm in width so it will sit quietly in the corner of a room until you need it.

Leonie desk, around €277, Made.com

Our school lives seem to have convinced us that we'll get no work done unless we're sitting in the most rigid timber chair with a back that's about four inches too far forward to be comfortable.

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However, we're all adults here and if you need that you might need to re-think your levels of procrastination.

This blue velvet number is structurally strong enough that you can sit straight as you type and write, while the slightly more relaxed back means you can sit back and read something in comfort. Also, no numb bums here.

Leaf lounge chair, €439, Woo .Design

Necessities

If you're looking for an office or desk-appropriate clock, avoid ones with a seconds hand. This black clock is plain enough to not cause a distraction while also being incredibly chic.

Timeless black wall clock, €52, Casey's Furniture

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Sure to warm up any sad office corner, these brightly backed oak lacquered shelves are perfect for excess storage options. You can also stick things to the metal backing without fear of ripping coins of paint off the wall every time you decide to change out your inspiration board.

Marcel wall-mounted shelves by Harto, price on request, Lost Weekend

If you have space, a large bookshelf can be really helpful for storing things, as well as keeping you tidy. Adulthood has taught me that investing in some pretty storage boxes and filers will go a long way to keeping you on top of those domestic bills.

Weather stepped oak shelf unit, €400, Flanagan Kerins

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There are endless types of industrial style desk laps out there – Ikea has a great selection – but if you're looking for something a little different, this one from B&Q sets off a lovely diffused light that won't blind  as you work but also gives the entire room a pleasant ambience so you can leave it on after you're finished working for the day.

Channing brush gold lamp, around €30, B&Q

Accessories

So this is the fun part. Do you need a terrazzo tape dispenser? Of course not, but you've got to all the effort of making a lovely little home office for yourself, you might as well finish it right.

Tape dispenser, €18, Industry & Co

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You're fancy enough for a home office but not quite at the personal headed paper? These beautiful Superfolk cards are made in Mayo and the four shades of leaves are designed to correspond to the Irish seasons. The perfect way to correspond if you ask us.

Superfolk The Seasons notecards, €18.95, Article

This is a 3D ball of sticky notes. Need I explain further? This little 12-sided pad is so sweet you'll have a hard time convincing yourself to use them. It's that cute.

3D ball of stickies, €7.95, Paperchase

Okay now, this is a find. Sure, you might be keeping your pens and pencils in a jam jar or a sweet little pot you picked up, but an attractive dedicated pen holder is hard to find.

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This number is brass and is guaranteed to elevate your whole desk.

Brass pen holder, €80, Ferm Living

Made by one of our favourite stationery shops Dusty Boy Design, this A4 desk pad is designed for scribbled notes and the odd doodle. No doubt, they'll all be masterpieces on this pretty paper.

Falling petals weekly planner, €14.95, Dusty Boy Designs


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