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If you have a smaller home or apartment and need a sometimes home office, creating a dedicated office space can be low on the priority list. But it's SO nice to have a space ready when you do need to work from home for a bit, pay those bills, or sit down and write letters. So today, we're showing you how you can create a small home office either as part of a guest room or a small corner of another main space in your home! It just takes up one corner, and with a few key elements, it truly feels like its very own special place. Here's are a few key tips...

Setting Up a Home Office in a Small Space...  / via Oh Joy!

Setting Up a Home Office in a Small Space...  / via Oh Joy!

1. Use an area rug (or two!) to define the space. When creating a designated room or space within another, it's important to signify where one space begins and the other ends. A great and super simple way to do this is with a rug! We used this AMAZING vintage Moroccan rug to create a very clear space for the office and even based the color scheme of the office off of it. To add visual interest and cover more space, we layered two rugs. So if you fall in love with a rug but the dimensions aren't exactly perfect for your space, don't worry! You can add in another and it make it even more fun. 

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2. Lots of shelves! When working with a smaller space, it's important to utilize every inch of it. Maximize the area by wall mounting shelves and utilizing the space vertically. Here we hung multiple shelves and hooks to store more items. We also color-blocked the walls which helps define the space AND bring in extra color with limited wall space.

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3. Choose a small desk. There's usually not enough room to bring in an official office desk. Especially in a small space, make use of a smaller desk that has built-in function (like shelves or small drawers). That way, it allows you to have a space to store things when in use and when not in use, but it's also simple enough to prevent you from filling it up with too much stuff!

Items Shown: Benjamin Moore Snow White paint, Emmy Elle Moroccan rug*, Target Bonsai paint (past season), Miniso clock (past season), Jen Gotch people print (past season), Benjamin Moore Hydrangea Flowers paint, Benjamin Moore Sundance paint, Ikea gold grid shelves, Kendall Kirk girl painting*, Ban.do pink wooden container, Anthropologie mini globe, Nordstrom Rack bulb lamp (in-store only), Ban.do round glass containers, Target dotty bud vase, Target gold geo (past season), Idlewild Co. floral note pad, Bloom 2 Bloom pink succulent*, Society 6 cat print by Frankie Print Co.*, Target wall hook, Clare V. purse, vintage scarf, hat, Target rattan chair, Leif Shop coral abstract pillow, Castle round blue pillow, Target woven llama basket, My Comfy Zone faux fur*, Target round jute rug, West Elm desk, Target gold desk lamp, Target speckled bud vase (past season), Carolyn Suzuki swimmer notebook, Idlewild Co. rainbow note pad, Ikea round clear container, Urban Outfitters folding pink chair, Target stool. 

{Photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Written by Traci Michael.}

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