10 Creative Writing Spaces to Inspire Your Work

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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.

1. Treehouse

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.

4. Airstream

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.

5. Boat

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.

9. Attic

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.

10. Basement

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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Kristen Pope is a Jackson Hole, Wyoming based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Discover, Backpacker, Western Confluence, International Journal of Wilderness, and Planning Magazine, and she is the managing editor of JHStyle Magazine.... .

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Comments

  1. The treehouse idea tops my wish list for work spaces! Although a shipping container or an Airstream could be made to look really neat too. Work spaces always start to feel stale to me after a while though, so I suspect even with something as cool as a treehouse office, I’d probably have to keep switching locations to keep my brain feeling fresh.

  2. I am not a writer but a graphic designer.
    I spent most of this last summer on my laptop outside. In my yard, I created a space that is covered in Honeysuckle and Morning Glory. I share the space with dog, cat, humming birds and butterflies. I really miss summer.

    Thanks for the article Kristen.
    I now have cabin fever!

  3. This is a picture of me working in my “writer’s cave”. We converted a 1980 school bus into a motorhome in order to travel. I claimed a 2 x 3 foot space over one of the wheel wells as my office.

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  4. I love the treehouse idea. I’ve fantasized about converting our little barn into a studio, but I actually have a writing studio in my house. The funny thing is, now that my son is away at college, I end up writing at the kitchen table.

  5. Colleen Logie says:

    I love some of the ideas mentioned in this article! My ‘office’ is a small suitcase, dedicated to all my writing tools. As I live on the sunny beach city of the Gold Coast, I like to go to lots of outdoor or indoor locations around the city. One day I may set up on the beachfront, where I can be inspired by the boating enthusiasts and early morning joggers, and also lulled into a lovely writing state by the lapping waves. Another day I may set up in a hinterland village gardens, surrounded by the scent of ancient trees and enchanted by the sounds of the local birds.
    When it is raining, I venture to the Local Studies library or a food court in a busy shopping centre.
    I always edit back at home, in my little office space; but I find that leaving it behind and taking a packed lunch helps keep the ‘home’ distractions to a minimum.
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  6. 🙂 All really cool places, some a little austere for my taste, but cool none the less. For me familiar plays a huge role, like a good old pair of boots (not that you would write inside a pair of boots ….ok) …or like an old pair of jeans. I have a place where things are comfortable and I fit in like I am part of it, it fits me.
    I will admit I write there, but I do draw inspiration from many other places so I guess all of them would work, the place is not as important as ‘the space’ you create inside the place. ummm…i guess one could call it a ‘splace’

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