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Workspace Ideas for Small Spaces

Workspace Ideas for Small Spaces

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Having a limited amount of space to work with can make the process of setting up a productive and comfortable workstation tricky, especially if we have become used to working in larger rooms. Whether you were downsizing your house, moving to a smaller office for work, or just needed a few ideas to increase space efficiency in your current setup, we have you covered! In this article, we will be going over a few ideas and home office designs that can help with maximizing the usability of a small workspace!

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Standing Desks

Standing Desks by Progressive Desk


Standing desks are rising in demand for home and office use due to all the positive benefits they can offer. Being able to adjust desk heights allows for the potential of multiple different users to share the same workstation by adjusting to each user’s most comfortable position. This is excellent for reducing the need to have another desk occupying extra space in homes that share workstations and offices with employees taking turns working in the office.

While larger-sized standing desks offer more surface area for users to work with, a small room may not always be able to accommodate the space requirements of this setup. The Economy Ryzer and Solo Ryzer Standing Desks are our two most compact models, making them the best options for rooms with limited space. Our variety of tabletops for adjustable standing desks also allows users to find suitable color combinations that match their favorite workspace design style. Combining Electric Standing Desk Frames with custom DIY tabletops allows for even further customization to meet the exact style and size requirements of a room.


Monitor Stands

Monitor Stands


Computer monitor stands allow monitor screens to be positioned at ergonomic heights and alleviate any strain from your neck, shoulders, and back. Monitor screens that typically occupy certain areas of a desk are elevated up through monitor stands, enabling users to enjoy a larger working space! Our Dual Monitor Stands (DM-01-2) are designed especially for those with multiple monitors. By occupying a single side at the edge of a standing desk, this model allows users to improve space efficiency even further by eliminating the need for extra monitor stands for their multiple screens.


Utilizing the Bottom Space of Tables

Underdesk drawers with locks


Now that we have covered the top and middle of a table’s surface, we should consider how to use the bottom space. The bottom of a table is often overlooked, however, it is an extra place that can be used for increasing the available storage capacity of a room. Underdesk drawers with locks offer a convenient under-desk storage solution for safely keeping workspace items such as spare batteries, charging cables, USB Flash Drives, and various office stationery. Aside from sliding drawers, you may also be able to consider placing hanging desk organizers or filing cabinets underneath your workstation to further utilize the available space.


Adjustable Modular Furniture

DIY project


There are many different types of adjustable modular furniture, however, all of them share the similar ability to be able to change into different configurations depending on what the user needs. This becomes useful for reducing the number of extra furniture needed in a room, resulting in more available space to work with. The adjustable modular furniture project by theRIAA is a notable example of DIY projects, having multiple different configurations such as:

  • Box
  • Chair
  • Kids chair
  • Table
  • Mini Bar
  • Hex
  • Magazines
Electric adjustable beds by Progressive Bed


To a certain extent, adjustable beds can also be used in a few similar ways to adjustable modular furniture. They are primarily designed with a focus on bed functionality to promote quality sleep; however, their head and foot adjustments can be positioned to similar shapes found in sofas and reclining elongated chairs. This makes electric adjustable beds usable options for other activities such as reading, working on a laptop, or eating in bed.

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Multipurpose Shelving and Organizers

Shelving and Organizers


In many cases, the reason a room may struggle with limited space is due to an over-dependence on the horizontal space that was available and underutilization of the vertical space. Many generic shelving units are not as tall as they could be or might be limited to a single fixed configuration. Multipurpose shelves and organizers can change configurations with their removable and adjustable dividers to maximize space capacity and efficiency. Tall and sturdy shelves that are nearly the same height for reaching the ceiling of a room are ideal when it comes to maximizing the full potential of room space, however, reaching the items on top may be slightly inconvenient. To reduce inconvenience, the top storage can be reserved for keeping items that are less frequently used.


Hidden Seat Storage

Hidden Seat Storage


Most sofas and lounge chairs offer high levels of comfort to promote relaxation, however, their typical design usually occupies a lot of space. One way to improve their space efficiency is to modify the pre-existing setup or select a type that has hidden seat storage. This helps in preventing the bottom space of the seat from going to waste.

Portable storage


Smaller single stools can also follow this concept of integrating hidden seat storage. Although the smaller size will mean less capacity, the lighter weight and portable size allow for the ability to function as portable storage units.


Multipurpose Closet

Multipurpose Closet


For home setups, the space efficiency of other rooms will eventually affect how much space is available for the home workstation. Folding ironing boards can be integrated into a closet to help improve space efficiency while also adding the extra convenience of having space nearby for the clothes that are to be ironed or stored. Installing mirrors onto the door of closets can help eliminate the need for a separate mirror stand, resulting in more available space.

Bunk Beds

Bunk Beds


Aside from home closets, bunk beds are another effective way of improving space efficiency. This is because bunk beds allow multiple users to sleep vertically apart from each other, which improves the utilization of vertical space. Bunk beds that have extra drawers and shelves offer convenient access to extra storage space. As a bonus, being able to integrate some storage space as part of the stair design of bunk beds can also help improve your space efficiency even further.

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In Summary

Space constraints are one of the challenges we may encounter when trying to configure a setup in smaller rooms. By practicing space-efficient techniques and some creative thinking, you too can make a significant difference in how a small room maximizes workspace efficiency. We hope you found this as informative and interesting as we did, especially if you were looking for home office ideas to maximize the capabilities of a small workspace!

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Nathan Bong

Technical Content Engineer at Progressive Automations, Progressive Desk, and Progressive Bed
Nathan Bong, Technical Content Engineer at Progressive Automations, Progressive Desk, and Progressive Bed, handles the creation and revision of technical content such as articles, datasheets, user manuals, technical videos, and case studies. As a graduate of BCIT, he has an academic background in electrical and computer engineering while also having hands-on experience of working with electrical equipment and tools.
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