How does your desk look right now? A small business desk can get unruly very quickly, especially in busy times. If we don’t take the time to decide on what we want for a desk, we may end up with a folding table and a chair in our small business office (like my parents had in their office businesses). I am here to permit you to get the desk of your dreams. And, to help you out, I am sharing small business desk inspirations to help you find your perfect office. Follow along and get inspired!
Desk areas are unique to each person. Some people like a well-organized space with lots of bins and folders. Others like a streamline look with little out on the desk, but a computer and a planner. Some people don’t care either way. Our desks portray who we are and, therefore, we should think of this space as an extension of ourselves. Our desks show others and us that we care about ourselves and how we manage our workday.
To help determine if you like your desk, ask yourself these questions:
What do you think of your desk?
Do you think of your desk as a great place to work or just a place to get stuff done?
Do you want to go to your desk in the morning or would you rather go to the nearby coffee shop?
I hope these questions gave you a starting point on what you want for your office. Now, let’s see some desk inspiration.
6 Business Desk Inspirations and Tips
Here are six desk inspirations and tips to keep your desk organized from the beginning.
1. Use the vertical space in front and on the side of your desk. Vertical file folder bins mounted on the wall is a great way to keep your surface free and clear.
2. Keep your stapler, calculator, pens, pencils, tape, and other supplies off the desk. I know it may seem appealing to keep the items at arms reach but really it’s just taking up space. Unless you are using them 3 or 4 times a day, they don’t need to be on your desk. A side desk surface or drawer works well for storing these items.
3. Have plenty of bins and file folders around your desk, but refrain from placing them on the desk. They do not need to be too close to you. This gives you a better space to move around.
4. Make your desk a space that others can share. If you are like me and have an office in a shared room, add another desk in the space to invite others to stay and work when you want them too, of course. =)
5. Hidden spaces can be turned into an inspiring desk office. Turning a shallow small closet into an organized desk area is fun, and simple. Just add some paint (wallpaper if you want). take down the doors and reframe the opening. There are plenty of wall-mounted desks that work great for this small space.
Below are some wall mounted desks I found on Amazon (affiliate).
6. A multipurpose streamline desk combination stored in another room works great. This type of desk also serves as a place to store other items. For example, it could be used in a guest bedroom to store your guest’s clothing.
I hope this helped you get some direction on what your dream small business desk looks like for you. If you are looking for some additional desk organizing tips, feel free to check these articles and posts below.
The Dangers Of A Messy Desk – from Forbes
30 Desk Items To Throw Away For A Tidy Space
Creating A Mini Office In A Small Space
Tip to Make a Home Office in Your Home
Home Office Ideas for Your Small Business
Now it is your turn. Where have you placed your desk in your home office? Is it up against a window? In the middle of the room? Please share your thoughts below.
Please note these are affiliate links through Amazon, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn affiliate fees if you decide to make a purchase.
April Cook says
I think I need to find a new desk, since after reading thins I’ve realized I don’t really like working at mine every day! I really like your tip to keep things off your desk that aren’t being used more than three times a day. Use the drawers and shelves that you have to store all those items close but out of sight. Thanks for these ideas!
Deb Lee says
My office needs a little TLC and this post is inspiring me to show it a bit of love. Thanks for the nudge! =)
Glad it helped you, Deb. Thanks for commenting.
Joyce Hansen says
Early on I was taught that you should end your day with a clean desk surface. This gives you visually a fresh start the next day. I try to put things in labeled file folders and three ring binders. This really helps me stay organized. Loved your selection of desk options, especially the re-purposed closet idea.
Janet Barclay says
You would have a heyday in my office! My desk is in the middle of the room, so I have no vertical space available, and it’s massive (6′ x 3′) so there’s tons of space on top for me to keep my tickler files, pens, paperclips, etc. But it works for me, and that’s what counts, right? 🙂
That’s great, Janet. If everything has a place and you can work effectively, that’s what really matters.
joan potter says
Loved the pictures! I’m really a visual person, and love getting ideas like this. It’s also very inspiring to walk around an Ikea just for the ideas! I agree with Susan Mary Malone, above – the top 4 pics are awesome. One trick that someone told me was to make sure that 1/3 of the space holds NOTHING. The top four pictures hold true to that – even in the wall hangings!
I love that idea of 1/3 space holding nothing. It makes space look bigger too. =) Thanks for sharing.
Joan M Harrington says
Hi Sabrina 🙂
Excellent ideas for the office and making more inspirational 🙂 Love all of the pictures….I am thinking that eventually I need to have an office too…..I work at the kitchen table lol (my place is small) but I get to at least look out the window 🙂
Thanks Joan. I’m glad you enjoyed it. =)
Roslyn Tanner Evans says
Love how you gave so many visual options. I have a very large desk with side shelves sitting on edge of desk. I use a lot of baskets but also have piles. I’m forever trying different arrangements of my piles. Unfortunately, where desk & shelving etc is, my center is not usably centered. So I sometimes have to move things around. You inspire me to think & try moving things around again.
I am working on getting my work area together. Just set up a desk that can be sitting or standing so I am trying that out first to see how it goes before I move on to the rest. I love #1.f
Meghan Monaghan says
Well Sabrina, you just managed to turn something necessary into something beautiful. Makes it suddenly not seem like “work” anymore. I love the photo ideas and moving storage upward inspires me. These are warm and inviting work spaces where the creativity can flow! And now I want to repaint my office and declare war on clutter!
Great ideas on office and desk declutter options. I am pretty good at it – but definitely have to keep an eye on myself. Thanks for some great ideas!
Beth Niebuhr says
I always used to have a messy desk but recently I’ve cleared mine off. So much easier to do in this digital age! I love all of the photos of the desks that you included. It is so much nicer to work in an uncluttered area – downright pleasant. You always give such helpful hints!
Rachel Lavern says
I never thought I would say anything nice about minimalism. I love my material world. The furniture, beautiful desk accessories, the clothes, the shoes, the house, you name it. My STUFF. But now, I love the minimalism in my home office.
Jackie Harder says
I use vertical files because my office is so small. They work great. My desk usually looks great, but sometimes the crap piles up…then I have to set aside 10-15 minutes to declutter. And I always feel better when I’m done!
Renee groskreutz says
Ok first, I love anything office related. Second, the first image with the vertical holders on the wall is such a great idea. This would solve some serious issues for me. Thank you for this.
Kristen Wilson says
OH I am an organizer and while I don’t have a lot of space, it is a little packed, but very organized and everything has it’s place. What I need is within reach, what I use less often is out of reach… and supplies and stuff are in my space. Love it. But great tips for others that aren’t as lucky as us! lol
Susan Mary Malone says
Sabrina–these are fabulous ideas! And just love the photos of the desk areas. Okay, so I actually covet the first 4. Can you come to my office and do this? LOL. I just love them!