According to IKEA interior designer Eglė Čyvė, it is not necessary to redesign entire home in order to have a comfortable space for work or studies. You can create one in sometimes forgotten and unused spaces at home.

The pandemic increased people’s need for workspace at home – 44% of Lithuanians worked from home during the lockdown measures. However, not all have a dedicated or comfortable work area at home, so 37% of us are willing now to have one. So you don't have to work in bed, on a sofa or other uncomfortable places at home, we are happy to share five original workspace ideas that take up less space than you might think.
1. An empty wall
If there is an empty spot by the wall or an unused niche between the furniture – this can be a great place for your desk. According to Eglė, you can use a wall shelf with drawers or hanging table if the spot is to tiny for a standard desk. Such a ‘desk’ does not have legs so it saves space underneath and is much smaller. All you have to do is to choose a comfortable office chair. 

“You don't need a cabinet for storing all work related items. A movable trolley serves in many areas at home – also next to your desk. You can roll it where you need it at any time and it takes less space. Use different pegboard combinations or rails with containers to store all those small things you need to have nearby, like pens, papers, notes, etc.”

Eglė Čyvė, IKEA interior designer
2. A pantry
A clean and empty pantry can also be a great space for you to work or study. Just choose a narrow desk that would fit even in an empty wardrobe and a chair or a height-adjustable stool to fit underneath it when not in use. A stool that fits under the desk not only saves space, but also improves your posture. Of course, a good lighting is important, as it is one of the parts that make the workspace really comfortable. 

“If a desk fits here – that’s great. However, if the space is too tiny, better choose a compact and multifunctional solution, like a cabinet with folding table. This cabinet can turn into a desk only when you need it, and can be out of your sight every other time.”

Eglė Čyvė, IKEA interior designer
3. Under the stairs
This space requires no extraordinary solutions, because a standard desk will definitely fit there. You can choose the fitted or the height adjustable one and add a chair, and maybe few wall shelves to store your things.

“If there is no enough daylight under the stairs, you can add some wall spotlights or clamp spotlights to solve the issue. Personal items and documents can be stored neatly on wall shelves, which will not take up much space.”

Eglė Čyvė, IKEA interior designer
4. A cabinet
In case there are no empty spots for your workspace at all, a gateleg table can become a way out. It takes as much space as a narrow cupboard when folded and can be used for storing various tools and materials or as a coffee table. A space-saving folding chair goes perfect with it.
5. A dressing table
In order to save space and live with as little furniture as possible, choose multifunctional pieces. A dressing table can serve both as a beauty station and as your workspace. On the other hand, a workspace can occasionally turn into a dressing table too.
The Whole Life at Home
We believe that home is the most important place in the world. This is why every year IKEA conducts a global research called “Life at home”. This year, we have focused on exploring the impact of the global pandemic on our relationship with home now and in the years to come.


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