The fun part of working from home is having the freedom to add personal decor touches to your workspace. But without proper storage for all of those office supplies, paper files, and tools of your particular trade, your home office decor scheme can be wrecked by clutter. The good news is that there are plenty of options for staying on top of your home office storage while complementing and even enhancing your decor.
From choosing the right furniture to sourcing accessories that will help keep things tidy and organized, check out these clever office storage ideas to help you get your home office workspace in order.
Add Woven Bins
Source Vintage Storage
Emily Henderson Design added a tall vintage filing cabinet to this modern home office that adds a note of industrial charm to the space as well as a focal point. You can source industrial storage pieces and shelving online or at flea markets and thrift stores.
Add a Pair of Bookshelves
Home office storage doesn’t have to be built-in to be effective. In this home office from Living With Lolo, a pair of freestanding bookshelves is positioned behind the desk. Styled here with decorative objects, it makes an instant zoom background. But the accessories can be swapped for stylish storage boxes, baskets, or file folders as the need arises.
Mix Open and Closed Storage
Marie Flanigan Interiors added a mix of open and closed storage in this long and relatively narrow home office space. Built-in storage around the periphery is complemented by upper cabinetry to keep unsightly supplies and files out of sight. Floating shelves lighten things up and allow for both display space and a place to house stylish storage boxes to keep things accessible.
Maximize Book Storage
This home office from Leanne Ford Interiors is visible from the living room, making it extra important that there is a adequate storage to keep clutter at bay. A large vintage desk with plenty of storage allows the desk to be cleared at the end of the workday for a start fresh in the morning. Wrap-around built-in bookshelves are both practical and decorative, creating a home library feel.
Build In Storage
House 9 Interiors maximized space in this navy blue home office with built-in floor-to-ceiling storage and an integrated desk by the window. The mix of open and closed storage creates room to hide clutter and display books and decorative objects.
Go Midcentury Modern
Double the Space
Britt Design Studio created plenty of storage space in this shared home office with a long countertop on one wall separated by identical sets of drawers. An overhead row of cabinetry and open shelving provides equal storage space that creates symmetry and harmony for coworking partners.
Add Asymmetrical Shelving
Kate Marker Interiors chose simple white shelving with an asymmetrical design to add interest to this home office that lends it a modern feel.
Keep It Open
In this light and bright home office from Living With Lolo, built-in drawers on the desk hide clutter and file folders in leather and neutral tones are spaced around the open shelving to create stylish open storage that will keep things looking tidy.
Add Bins and Drawers
Blanco Bungalow added bins and drawers to a freestanding shelf to maximize storage in this home office. A small rolling file cabinet and a corkboard by the desk add additional storage. Keeping everything white helps to retain an airy feel that complements the natural wood desk, plants, and Moroccan-style patterned rug.
Use the Walls
Turn the walls of your home office into a place to display everything from inspiration photos to invitations, notices, and other paper items so that they don’t end up cluttering your desk or at the bottom of a pile. In this shared office guest room from Leanne Ford Interiors, large framed cork boards and wall-mounted clipboards keep the large communal desk free while simultaneously decorating the walls.
Stick to Black and White
If you are looking to add storage to your home office without breaking the budget, sticking to a simple color palette will allow you to incorporate a variety of pieces while maintaining a cohesive look that will help reduce visual clutter, like this black-and-white home office from Twelve 15 Design Studio.
Repurpose Antique Furniture
In this home office space from Malcolm Simmons for Emily Henderson Design, an antique glass-front cabinet is repurposed as a place to store office supplies. Using vintage, retro or antique pieces adds style and charm to a home office.
Sourcing vintage or secondhand desks, shelving, or storage units that were built for the smaller spaces of the last century is a great trick for outfitting the small spaces of today.
If space and budget is no option, turn your home office into a clutter-free oasis by adding tall wardrobes to the space where you can hide everything, like this light neutral-toned home office haven from Kern & Co.
Add a Library Ladder
Living With Lolo chose a freestanding shelving unit with a built-in library ladder that stylishly maximizes vertical space in this home office.
Shallow open shelving on the upper half of the wall above a row of lower built-in cabinetry creates extra storage space that can be used to offload your desk of everyday home office essentials or simply display decorative objects like the blue-and-white plates in this home office from Morse Design.
Add a Corner Shelf
House 9 Interiors added a corner shelving unit that is painted in the same dark green as the rest of this cozy London home office to store books, while a simple wire basket on the desktop organizes paper clutter and built-in drawers under the built-in desk keep the small space tidy.
Make Storage a Feature
If you’re designing a home office from scratch, consider building in a wall of open and closed storage that creates multiple options for housing all of your supplies and files while creating a focal point that anchors the room, like this polished home office from Marie Flanigan Interiors.
Use Every Inch
Martha O’Hara Interiors created a U-shaped peninsula-style desk that conceals a ton of hidden storage in this cheerful pink home office, adding lower and upper cabinetry and open shelving to lighten things up.
How do you create storage in a small office?
You can add storage to a small home office by choosing a desk with built-in drawers for office supplies and paper files, or a wall-mounted desk with built-in shelving to store books and stylish bins. You can create small office storage by repurposing a credenza or buffet that will provide a mix of closed and open storage.
Maximize wall space by installing a pegboard shelf or hanging open shelving, add a tiered rolling cart, a stylish filing cabinet, or optimize existing shelf space with accessories such as woven baskets or plastic storage bins.
How do you organize office storage?
When organizing storage in your home office, be sure to keep the items you reach for everyday within arm’s length while keeping your desk clear enough so that you can focus on work. Depending on the tools you need or like to have, this can mean organizing a storage drawer with office supplies or choosing a stylish desk organizer. Store lesser used items, paper files, and back-up supplies out of sight in a filing cabinet or storage closet.