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The Niche Workspace: 15 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives

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The Niche Workspace: 15 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives

September 5, 2018

These ingenious workspaces are slotted into closets, corners, even under the stairs. Here, 15 favorites from our archives.

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Above: This floating desk and shelving were designed by Paper House Projects in the UK. See the rest of the home here. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.
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Above: Larissa Johnston Architects situated an office nook on the half landing of a stairwell. See A London Townhouse Designed to Catch the Light. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.
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Above: A workspace tucked next to a stairwell by Australia-based Rob Kennon Architects. Photograph by Derek Swalwell.
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Above: The stairs in architect Jennifer Hanlin‘s daughter’s lofted bedroom incorporate drawers as well as a niche for a desk. See An Eclectic Apartment Inspired by Japanese Storage Chests in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Photograph by Bruce Buck.
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Above: A tiny workspace in a 500-square-foot trailer owned by Los Angeles art agent Sofie Howard, via Dwell. Photograph by Spencer Lowell.
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Above: A built-in desk in an entryway designed by Arte Berry Cooke Design. Photograph by Kari Wilton.
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Above: Interior designer Mark Lewis used an existing alcove in the back of a kitchen to create a built-in desk and shelves made from scaffolding planks. See Kitchen of the Week: A Family Gathering Spot in a London Victorian. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.
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Above: A minimal work area in a remodel by Czech firm Oooox.
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Above: Architect Sonya Lee designed a small crafting station to be tucked behind custom quarter-sawn white oak pantry doors. Photograph by Mark Wickens.
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Above: A couple of shelves inserted in an unused corner create an instant workspace in a Stockholm apartment, via My Scandinavian Home. Photograph by Emily Laye.
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Above: A desk tucked into a closet, via Mi Casa.
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Above: An under-the-stairs workspace from a project by Oliver Freundlich, in Brooklyn. (See the rest of the duplex at The Ultimate Starter Apartment, Cobble Hill Edition.) Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
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Above: A window desk in an apartment in Denmark via Lowe Home.
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Above: In Dagmar Daley and Zak Conway’s San Francisco Victorian, a shelving unit of their own design features a sliding panel to conceal the desk area. See more of the design at The Disappearing Home Office. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
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Above: The upstairs bedroom in a 1700s farmhouse has a built-in desk cleverly slotted under a window. See more in A 1700s Stone Farmhouse in the Hudson Valley, Discovered via Google. Photograph by Marili Forastieri, styling by Zio & Sons.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 15, 2014, as part of our Working It issue.

Looking for ingenious solutions for tight quarters? See our archive of Small-Space Living posts. In addition, see these posts on home office storage and organization:

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