Author: Desiree Addams

Your Corner of the World – The Corner Desk

The corner desk, it’s an icon. It’s been featured in movies, stories and in some of the most prominent homes all over the world. What about the one for your small office? Which one will you choose? The desk you choose is a very important decision because you’ll be spending a lot of time there, sometimes even burning the midnight oil, so it needs to be comfortable yet functional.

 

Designed to fit in small spaces

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Corner desks are designed to fit into that often unused and/or over-cluttered space in your room – the corner. The top reason many people choose the corner desk is not only that it saves space and but also makes space at the same time.

They’re ideal for student dorm rooms, a study or a cozy spot in the living room. They can be placed just about anywhere; an unused space under the stairs, an unused bedroom or a corner of a laundry room. I know, the last one may not be your first choice, but for busy parents, they may be just the spot.

Not only do they fit in small spaces, but they can be really gorgeous, can easily match your existing décor and they are convenient. No matter the room, anywhere there’s a corner (or not) your desk can bring beauty, function and style to your home.

Even if it’s used for writing, studying, gaming or just a place for your laptop it can also double as an accent piece and do double duty as an end table, a place to arrange some momentos or display a few of your favorite books.

Affordable

Corner desks, because they are smaller many times, can be much less expensive. This makes them a great choice for a study desk for the kids, a crafting place for mom or a gaming desk for your teen. It’s easy to find great quality desks that are a great value, will suit your needs and won’t drain your piggy bank.

Variety / Function

floating corner deskWhat color should you buy? The choice is up to you. Do you want the clean look of a white desk, the sleek look of a black one, one with a more neutral tone or one with a bit more color?

If you’re looking for something for writing, gaming, composing music, reading, drafting or any other myriad of possibilities, there are quite a few options to consider. The corner desk is unlike any other type of desk, due to its shape, compact size, design and functionality.

Not only do these desks come in a variety of styles and colors, but there are many storage options to consider as well. Will you need storage for papers? Craft supplies? Gaming equipment and accessories? What you will need to store and how to store it will also need to be considered when choosing your desk.

Unique Storage Options

Do you need a desk with built-in storage? Will you need a place just for small office supplies such as pens, sticky notes and paper clips? Or will you need deeper drawers for hanging files? Will you need a snack drawer, (just a thought. many of us have them).

Many modern versions, including the glass-top desks, have only a writing surface with no storage, something to consider before you purchase your desk.

The storage for a corner desk will be vertical, both above and below the main desk area, and can also have a decent sized workspace even when holding a computer monitor. Although they can be small when compared to other styles of desks, some are up to six feet high which can provide a surprising amount of storage space.

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If more storage is what you need, look for a corner desk with drawers. There are many options. Some have only one shallow drawer and a drop down top or a front section that rolls out to put your keyboard on to make writing easier. Some models have extra drawers as well on the sides for file storage and some come with a front section with legs on wheels that roll out for even more space for office necessities.

For even more storage and to maximize your workspace a corner desk with a hutch would be a great option for you. The hutch can be placed right on top of the desk surface. It will give you more compartments for books, supplies and other things as well as give you much-needed workspace for your laptop or monitor.

Productivity

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It makes you feel better when you’re productive and you complete or at least make headway on those projects you’ve been meaning to finish. And one giant step towards that goal is your corner desk.

You need to have your own space to do whatever it is you like or want to do. It’s is a must. Having all the things you need in one small area is not only convenient, but it will help you get more done in less time and lead to greater productivity. And isn’t that what you really want?

No matter the type of activity you choose, having that one special place to go to, one that is all your own, puts you in the right zone or frame of mind. It gets you ready for the task ahead and inspires you. A place that is comfortable and well stocked with supplies will help you get excited and even look forward to getting the job done!

Your Own Little Corner of the World

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A corner desk will make it so you can concentrate everything you need in one corner. The rest of the room can be used for whatever is needed or it can be an extension of your work area. And best of all, you don’t have to put them in a corner!  They can be placed anywhere you have space.

Corner desks come in many sizes, shapes and colors. If you want a white one or a black one, an L-shaped one, a floating one, a roll top or a standing desk, these are but a few of the many choices available.

No matter if it’s for work or play or you just want to tame an unruly section of the room and make it beautiful, a corner desk is a great option to create your own little corner of the world.

For a desk with style, made to fit in a small space, one with storage, one without then the corner desk is the one for you.

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7 Steps to Your Perfect Small Office

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Whether you live in a castle. mansion, a flat, an apartment, a chalet, a split-level, a ranch or any other type of dwelling, for many, a small home office isn’t just a want, it’s a must. If you love to craft, want to write, coach others to greatness, launch an empire or just have a quiet space to reflect, a small space to call your own is just what you need.

It doesn’t matter if your small office space is a place to run a business, a small nook just for paying bills and organizing your day or the occasional telecommute, you deserve more than a hard metal folding chair and a cold metal desk stuffed in a cramped corner. Why? Your office design is a reflection of your home. It needs to be a comfortable and inviting place, a place where you’ll want to burn the midnight oil.

Here are 7 steps to help you design your small space.

1. Your budget

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We’ve all heard the first rule of real estate; location, location, location, and that is true, but living and creating within your budget should top the list. Your budget will be your guide to setting up your own small office. Budget isn’t a bad word. Budgets force creativity and that’s where your own unique piece of small office real estate will shine. It won’t be cookie cutter. It will be your own.

 

 

 

2. Location, location, Location

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The location of your small office is an important decision, one to consider carefully.

It’s likely that you’ll spend many hours in your home office, so make sure you have adequate space. Don’t stuff your yourself into a windowless closet or a dank basement. Make it a place where you’ll look forward to spending time.

Before deciding where your office will be, make a detailed list of your basic needs. This is your must-haves, not wants, the basics that you will need. Your list should include first and foremost your office furniture: your desk, a chair, a computer, printer and a telephone, if needed. If you are a writer for example, you may need extra space to work on story boards or to edit your printed work. You also need to consider your filing system. Will you require basic or fire proof file cabinets? Will they need to be locked? Make your critical needs list according to how you plan to use your small office.

3. Your Small Office – Professional vs Personal

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When you work from home, it is important to keep the professional side of your work nd the personal side of your life separate. First, set up a business account with your local bank or credit union. Keep all receipts that can be used for business expenses such as travel, gas, supplies etc…in a safe place. Scan them as well, and have them on a back up system separate from your paper copies.

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If possible, secure a separate area or room for your mail. Keeping your professional and personal life in different areas can really help alleviate headaches at tax time. Tax deductions for home business are under increased scrutiny and the clearer your records are and the easier you can prove that your office is a completely separate and dedicated area, the better in terms of meeting the IRS guidelines and definitions of a home office.

4. Small Office Equipment – Selecting the Right Furniture

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First and foremost, your office equipment needs to be ergonomic. It’s a fancy word meaning designed for efficiency and comfort. And when designing your home office, big or small, the right equipment is essential. It’s sad but true, that it can be tempting to skimp on that which is most important-key equipment- and splurge on impulse or unnecessary items, such as an old-fashioned gum ball machine that reminds you of days gone by.

Although things like that are nice, the money is better spent on a quality desk with a proper work space and a comfortable chair that will provide back the correct back support and a good computer with sufficient memory and performance, a fast, reliable internet connection and other specialized products that are key to your performance in your area of expertise.

Other things to consider when searching for items for your small office are your day-to-day activities and how you will use the furniture. Things to consider before purchasing your office equipment:

Do you need a desk with built in storage? Do you need deep drawers to store files or just standard drawers for small office supplies such as pens, notepads, sticky notes and paper clips?

What type of shelving do you need? Will they hold knickknacks or your printer and office supplies? Do they need depth? How deep will the shelves need to be to accommodate your needs?

If using your shelves for electronics, is there an electrical outlet close by to plug your equipment into?

Will you be conducting meetings? Will additional seating be required?

Does your desk need to be able to hold just a laptop or will you need room to review product samples, charts or blueprints? Will you need an additional table to make your work easier?

These are but a few of the questions to ask yourself before purchasing your office equipment and supplies. As you decide where your office will be and what you will do there, more questions will arise that will help you decide how to build out your unique office space.

5. Small Office Lighting – The Right Way

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Lighting is critically important when considering where to place your small office. Be sure to choose a space that allows plenty of natural light. It’s not only better for your eyes, but it will also help boost your mood. Direct lighting can also enhance your works pace. General overhead lights that fit most of the work area are optimal. There’s also task lighting such as desk lamps, swing lamps and floor lamps, just to name a few.

Finally, no matter the lighting you choose, make sure that your computer screen is positioned to prevent glare, the object being to create balanced lighting that is comfortable and minimizes undue eye strain.

6. Small Office Organization – The Basics

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Often times, a home office can feel cramped due to limited amounts of space, but proper organization is essential to maintaining a professional office. A well planned works pace will include a few key elements. Plenty of room for storage (files, supplies, etc.), an ample work area and easy access to your office essentials. A general rule of thumb is that anything that you use frequently such as the printer, supplies and other materials, need to be within easy reach. Again the overall goal is to create and organized and comfortable office space that meets all of your basic needs and allows for functional efficiency.

7. Small Office Inspiration – Uniquely You

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So moves you? Do quotes get you going? Do you like summer, winter, spring or fall? What are your favorite things?

It’s your office create it the way you like it. It is your space and you will be spending a lot of time there, so pick things that motivate and challenge you, images that move you. Surround yourself with them.

Do you have a special collection hidden away that’s begging to get out? Or how about trinkets and prizes from contests, parties and other special occasions that you want to remember? These are but a few of the many ideas that can make your office your inspiration, your place that is uniquely you.

No matter where you live or what type of place you call home, a small office (or any kind of office space) should be comfortable, organized and a place to get things done. Use these 7 steps to get a head start on your small office ready for business!

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About Us

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MY STORY

Hello everyone and welcome to my Love My Small Office website. Small, private spaces have been a passion of mine since I was a small child, as I’ll bet they were for many of you reading ts page as well.

YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

Ever built a fort from an old sheet spread out over two or more chairs or draped an old king-sized bed spread over a picnic table as a child to make your own fort or special hiding place? Or have you ever commandeered the box the newest major appliance had just arrived in to make your own playhouse? I know I did and even passed down my “legacy” to my children and grandchildren and what fun we’ve had!

Now I’d like to continue this fun with you!

As a child, growing up in Kansas, I loved my small spaces and although my tastes have changed, some what ;), my love for small, intimate places to call my own has not.

I’ve purchased many products online, at flea markets and garage sales, just to name a few, thereby creating my own style, my own feel, adding my own unique flair to my small spaces.

Your small office can be anything you want it to be, a place to relax and read, a cozy corner chat with the world or a launch pad to start your own empire! That’s the beauty of it, there’s no right or wrong way. It’s all about you and what you want, what makes you feel good and what will get you motivated and make you feel better.

YOUR SMALL SPACE STYLE

Do you lean more towards Wayfair or Wal-Mart?

Do you prefer Amazon or Aunt Abigail’s Attic?

Would you rather go Bombay Company or Bargain Basement?

All the above, none of the above a combination above or other places of your own choosing. There’s no right or wrong. It’s your small office, design it your way! You can go from cramped and cluttered to cozy and clean, Minimalist, Victorian and all spaces in between.

I want to help you on your way to the small office space of your dreams.

So let’s get started on your incredible journey today!

If you ever need a hand or have any questions or comments, things you’d like to see or for me to find, feel free to leave me a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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