How to Renovate an Extra Room Into a Functional Small Home Office
Monday, August 22, 2022

According to a recent McKinsey survey, 58% of Americans report having the opportunity to work remotely at least once a week. If your company allows you to work from home for at least part of the week, you'll want comfortable office space.

Many homeowners are renovating an extra room and turning it into a small home office.

Key aspects of a good work area include privacy, a quiet environment, and plenty of room to work comfortably. Other factors you'll want to consider include organization, having enough light, and access to enough outlets for computers, phones, and equipment.

Here's how to transform an extra bedroom at home into a functional and attractive home office addition.

Determine Your Needs

Before your renovation, you need to make a list of your needs for your office. No design will be exactly the same, and depending on your industry, you may need certain accommodations. For instance, maybe you need a dual-screen monitor, a phone jack, or custom shelving for books.

Here are some of the basics to consider:

  • Desk
  • Office chair
  • Lamp
  • Natural light
  • Door or divider
  • Phone
  • Printer
  • Laptop or desktop setup
  • Shelves or bookcases
  • Lounge area
  • Extra outlets

Set a Budget

This is also the point that you'll come up with a budget. Get an estimate on your project to give you an idea of what to spend.

The cost of home office remodeling depends largely on how much you need to change in the space. For instance, if you need new flooring, new doors or windows, extra outlets installed, or soundproofing.

Budget for the renovation project and the furniture you want in the space.

Design the Layout

The layout is the most important aspect to consider for any home office addition.

Even a small home office can be efficient with the right furniture and layout. Unusually shaped walls or corners are no obstacle with corner desks, clever storage solutions, and multifunctional spaces.

Work with your builder to go over your needs, the size of the space, and any electronics or equipment you might need to perform your job.

You want a small home office layout that gives you enough space to walk, move your chair, and welcome clients. You also want all of your tools and equipment within reach, which means using shelving, bookcases, and other storage solutions.

Separate Work Space From Home Space

Another important aspect to consider is whether you plan on taking a home office deduction (if applicable). If so, the room needs to be dedicated to business use.

If you have a multipurpose space, such as a home office and a guest bedroom, you won't be able to claim it. Another reason you may want to separate the room and dedicate it to business use is because it helps you focus on work-related tasks. A separate space for work can be good for productivity.

Close off the office if possible with a door. If soundproofing and privacy are less of an issue, one popular trend is to use french doors leading to the home office, which allows more light inside and also provides a sense of separation.

Get Started on Your Small Home Office Renovation

If you need a small home office renovation, there's no better time to start than the present. Having a dedicated office space will give you the room you need to work from home and still feel professional.

Begin with your renovation goals, and contact us to learn more about our services. We offer home renovations and much more in Kennett Square, West Grove, and Lincoln University areas.