Working from home can be amazing. You don’t have to spend time commuting or waste cash on a whole wardrobe of “business casual” outfits.
But sometimes you need the perfect space to maximize your work-from-home experience.
Don’t just think about what kind of desk or chair you’d like. Think outside the box and consider one of these unique home office spaces to spark your creativity and mix up your routine.
Sometimes you’ll want to escape for a break and find a new place to work, but with these awesome spaces, you may find those relocations few and far between.
Of course, before installing or creating any of these DIY home offices, be sure to check local zoning rules and make sure these types of structures are allowed in your neighborhood. It would be a shame to build the perfect office only to have code inspectors come knocking with a violation notice.
Work to the sound of chirping birds from a backyard treehouse. These fun tree structures aren’t just for kids — they’re the perfect place for a writer to find a nature retreat in their own backyard.
Numerous studies have shown that connecting with nature provides a plethora of health and wellness benefits, including reducing stress and inspiring creativity.
2. Backyard shed
Why store tools in your outdoor shed when you could instead turn it into an amazing office space?
Building supply stores often sell pre-fab sheds relatively inexpensively, and it shouldn’t take long to set up your backyard Tuff Shed and turn it into a work-from-home paradise.
With a bit of ingenuity, you can even create a functional office space hooked up to your home’s electrical system.
3. Office Pod
British company Office Pod offers innovative modular structures that work as offices either inside or outside of buildings. The website notes these structures can be placed in a building’s underused areas, including courtyards and other overlooked spaces.
In addition to looking really cool, they block most noise, and can be dismantled and relocated fairly easily.
Turn your Airstream or other trailer into a great office space you can use in your driveway or backyard or out on the road. When the weather’s nice, set up an awning and work outside right next to your Airstream.
If your trailer has a kitchen and bathroom, all the better. When your work day is done, you can retreat back home or continue your on-the-road life in your trailer.
If you live near the open ocean or even a calm little lake, why not turn a boat into your own personalized mobile office? Work on the deck if it’s nice or retreat down below to get some serious work done.
Eating fresh-caught fish on your lunch break is sure to beat any PB&J.
6. Cargo container
Shipping containers aren’t just for transporting everything from cars to coffee cups across vast oceans. Once they’ve docked, they also make unique workspaces.
Some people are even turning them into tiny homes, but you can also transform these metal wonders into modular office spaces.
7. She Shed
Forget the ordinary backyard shed I already mentioned. Think drapey fabrics, soft light, and scented candles when constructing your “She Shed,” the trendy feminine answer to a man cave.
This female-focused space trend can turn any space into a sanctuary, from a backyard shed to a spare room. It doesn’t have to literally be a shed.
You can take the creativity further by incorporating workspace elements and using this special space to grow your business.
8. Man cave
Everyone’s heard of a “man cave,” but have you ever thought about working in one?
Plaster the walls with sports memorabilia, grab a comfy work chair and turn a simple space into more than just a cave — make it a work space you love.
Climb up into your attic and you might just have one of the best work spaces around. A low, cobweb-filled attic won’t get you far, but finished attic offices are popular among many well-known writers.
Jodi Picoult loves her finished attic office in Hanover, New Hampshire, according to the Chicago Tribune, especially since she’s able to keep all her research files and reference books in one place.
If you get distracted working in a treehouse or trailer, consider heading down into the basement and setting up a workspace down there.
Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much is True prefers working in his finished basement office, according to the Chicago Tribune. He even customized it with figurines of Greek gods and a photo of Mark Twain.
What unusual spots have you found to set up a writing space?
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