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Tips for Making the Most of a Small Home Office Space


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Dear Moss Building & Design,

I work from home and need ideas for how to make the most of a limited amount of space. Do you have any tips for what I should consider when updating my home office?

— Dulles Mom


Dear Dulles Mom,

You don’t need a lot of space to do something great with your home-office! So much of business these days takes place virtually on laptops, phones, and iPads. Therefore there’s little need for large, clunky office furniture and deep desks that take up a lot of space. Many home remodeling projects now forgo classically large home offices for built-in space or nooks adjacent to kitchens, living rooms, or basements.

Less is More
Instead of crowding your home-office, keep things simple. Functionality is key, especially in small spaces, so make sure any built-ins can double as bookshelves as well as storage for key office essentials. You may even choose to hide common office equipment like printers that don’t get much use behind cabinet exteriors.

Incorporate a Sliding Door
If you have a space that can be set back from your main room, consider using a sliding door, like a sliding barn door, instead of a traditional one. This brings in a hip design trend element to any home while also creating separation from the main living space for making calls and focusing on work. Your space will look great with doors open or closed!

Use Clean & Practical Design Elements
Like in kitchens, a white color palette creates a neat, yet inviting space for you to complete your work projects. This adds to the clean look of your space, especially if visitors will frequently walk past or peak into this area near one of your other common living areas. See some examples of these trends here.

— Moss Building & Design


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