20 Home Office Storage Ideas to Boost Productivity

Home offices come in a variety of styles and aesthetics. Some are posh and lavish with mid-century accents and leather-backed chairs fresh out of “Mad Men.” Others are tiny hovels shoved under basement steps.

No matter the setup, all home offices are united by a desperate need for organization. After all, science tells us that productivity and clutter are inversely related. That means when paperwork and knick-knacks pile up, your efficiency nosedives.

Needless to say, if you want to get stuff done, get organized with one (or all) of these 20 office storage ideas.

1. MAKE VERTICAL GAINS

Some people have corner offices. Other people have offices that are in a corner. If you belong to the second group, consider utilizing your walls for storage and hire a savvy professional to build shelves that are customized to your space.

2. GET ROLLING

Gone are the days of big, hulking desks with ample storage. Now, minimalist desks with no drawers (yikes!) are all the rage. To make space for extra pens, papers, and other office supplies, invest in a rolling storage cabinet. Since the cabinet moves, it can easily be pushed out of the way when you don’t need it.

3. HIDE YOUR PRINTER

Let’s face it: printers aren’t stylish. They also take up a ton of desk space. The solution? Hire a professional to add a pull-out shelf to a cabinet in your office. This way, you can conceal your printer when it’s not spitting out budget reports.

4. COVER A WALL IN PEGBOARD

Pegboard isn’t just for a woodworking shop – it works in a home office, too. This stuff is great for hanging supplies, design inspo, friendly reminders, and more. Plus, it now comes in fun, funky colors like yellow and magenta.

5. KEEP CORDS ORGANIZED

Are the cords for your office devices a tangled web of wires? If so, invest in a cable box. This nifty gadget keeps the cord chaos to a minimum.

6. ENCLOSE YOUR WORKSPACE

If you live in a boxy bungalow or an itsy condo, consider reinventing a closet into your at-home office. A general contractor can build a sleek, floating desk and ample overhead storage for books and files. Your general contractor can also install recessed lighting to elevate your tiny cubicle.

7. RETHINK YOUR COFFEE PODS

For an eco-friendly touch, repurpose used K-cups into storage containers for small office supplies like rubber bands, staples, and tacks. While you’re at it, reimagine other household items into storage. Mason jars, for instance, are perfect for pens and pencils.

8. LIGHT IT UP

Tight on space? Nix the desk or floor lamp and instead get a clamp-on task lamp for your desk. This provides much-needed light without eating up office real estate.

9. TURN CLUTTER INTO DECOR

Are you holding onto thank you notes from clients or photographs from your company’s launch party? If so, buy a picture frame and create a collage. The glass will keep your keepsakes safe while freeing up drawer space.

Pro Tip: When selecting your frame, remember that gold is best for retro spaces, silver for contemporary spaces, and wood for traditional spaces.

10. STEAL YOUR UTENSIL DIVIDERS

Keeping desk drawers organized is a never-ending battle. However, a kitchen utensil divider (the thing keeping your spoons and forks from mingling) is an absolute lifesaver.

11. GET BAKING IN YOUR OFFICE

If you can’t spare your utensil divider, borrow a muffin tin from your kitchen. A muffin tin will keep your office drawers neat and organized. Sweet, right?

12. MOUNT BOXES ON THE WALLS

If you crave more storage than open shelving can provide, hire a general contractor to create wall-mounted wooden boxes. These boxes are deeper than shelves and also a bit funkier. Depending on your storage needs, you may mount one directly behind your computer or fill up an entire wall.

13. GET COOKING (KINDA)

Magnet boards can run from $40 to $200 on Amazon.com. Instead, grab a used cookie tray from your kitchen and cover it with a piece of stylish contact paper. Then, add some clip magnets and boom – a budget-friendly place to hang reminders, notecards, and other odds and ends.

14. BUILD MURPHY A DESK

Everyone has heard of a murphy bed, but what about a murphy desk? If you need a second desk space (think: a standing desk), consider asking a general contractor to build something that collapses when not in use. Your foldout desk might lay flush against a wall or it might even tuck into an armoire.

15. REPURPOSE OLD FURNITURE

If you don’t have the budget for custom storage, climb into your attic and start looking around. A jelly cabinet is perfect for storing odds and ends. An antique hutch is great for books, papers, and miscellaneous supplies. Even a trunk can double as a filing cabinet.

16. USE A LAPTOP RISER

A computer riser will save your neck and back, but it’ll also free up desk space. If you have files you reference often or important papers, simply tuck them under the riser and get to typing.

17. DIY YOUR RISER

Don’t want to drop $200 on a laptop riser? We don’t blame you. Instead, make a laptop stand out of a wooden box. Actually, since the box doubles as storage, this DIY alternative is even better than something you can buy online.

18. DESIGN A CUSTOM DESK

If that desk from a big-box store isn’t cutting it, consider hiring a professional to build you one from scratch. You’ll want your custom desk to incorporate lots of deep drawers for storage and maybe even some built-in shelves for books.

Pro Tip: Opt for oak or walnut. These hardwoods are great desk materials since they’re not easily scratched or dented.

19. ​​HACK YOUR OFFICE CHAIR

Anything is capable of becoming storage if you’re creative enough, even your office chair. Many online retailers now sell storage pouches that fasten to the back of chairs. If you’re good with a needle, you can sew one yourself.

20. KNOCK DOWN A WALL (OR TWO)

Sometimes, the only thing your office needs is more space. This might involve adding partition walls to your living room, overhauling your unfinished basement, or even building a room addition.

HOME OFFICE REMODELING WITH PORTICO

Unlike hanging pegboard or DIY’ing a laptop riser, extensive office renovations require the expertise of a professional team like Portico

As a licensed general contractor in Charlotte, Portico can help you create a chic and stylish office space that maximizes your productivity. Plus, we’ll provide transparent pricing before we hammer a single nail.

Ready to get to work? Contact Portico online or give our team a call at 704-742-2720 today!

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