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Small Home Office Ideas– Finding Space for Your Dog

Working from home has many benefits.  In addition to a seriously short commute to your home office, you get to stay close to your pets.  

For me that is a real bonus.   Since I am lucky enough to work from home, I get to have our pup Bella right by my side, day and night as I work on various projects.

Whenever I need a break Bella is there ready to go for a walk, play a game of fetch or just have some cuddle time.

In our house we call Bella the therapy dog since we all feel relaxed and energized after spending time with her.

As it turns out having your pup near you while you work has many benefits.

Spending too much time too close to a project, problem, or other work can inhibit productivity and cause unnecessary stress.

Pets remind us to pause and step back from whatever we are involved in. Short walks, a little playtime, and temporary distractions allow mental breaks so you do not become overworked and stressed.

Studies have proven that pets have calming effects, reduce blood pressure, lower stress, and make people more cordial and productive. This is why more companies are allowing people to bring their pets to work.

These are all great reasons to have your pup close by while working. However finding space for them in the home office especially if space is tight can be a challenge.

9 Small home office ideas for you and your dog

Take a look at these 9 compact home offices that make space for your favorite pups.

Bookcase Hideout

In this small home office the owners gave up some storage space in the bookcase to create a dedicated space for their dog. All it really took was the right sized pillow and a cabinet strong enough to hold the dogs weight. When the workday is done they just need to close the doors.

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In this office they used a modern expandable table as a desk. By placing a custom made pillow on the bottom portion of the desk they made space for their dog. Since the table adjusts to the size needed, it can fit in most spaces.

Staircase Dog Hide-a-Way

Here the owners utilized the space under the stairs to create a small home office. The space offered just enough room for a built-in desk with some cubbies above. In an small adjacent area they found just enough room for a built-in dog house.

Space in the Kitchen

This home office created with customized cabinets leaves space under the desk that is the right size for the owner’s pup.

Nook in the Hallway

Here is a different take on utilizing the unused space under the staircase. Instead of building the desk inside the empty space they built drawers for storage leaving the space under the selves for their pup.

Space in the Corner

Even just the unused corner between the desk and the cabinets provides a hideaway for the family’s spaniels.

Inside Doghouse

This streamlined office leaves plenty of space under the floating desk for the dog house and food dishes.

Covered Space for One

This design makes the most of a small place by having lots of storage space. They even left the underside of a built in table empty for the family dog.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these spaces. Check out more Home Design ideas that have your pup in mind.