In a Side Table
Group your office supplies into organizing boxes (as shown above) and stash them into a shelving unit by the sofa to use as a side table. Keep at least a little space on the table clear to work on.
In Part of a Bookcase
Use a bookcase unit with adjustable shleves to configure a small workspace that packs a punch with storage. For extra credit, hide your office away behind curtains or a panel on rails.
Behind the Sofa
Tuck a long, narrow table behind your sofa for a place to keep your laptop and sort through paperwork. A chair or stool that can tuck completely under the desk will maximize your available space.
Behind a Partition
Use a screen, shutters or a curtain to keep your desk hidden from the rest of your living area.
Under the Stairs
That awkward area underneath an open staircase is a great spot for a small workspace and a few shelves.
Inside an Armoire
Take a hutch or armoire and customize it to your workflow for a home office that you can shut down at the end of the day. Or, find a secretary desk that's already in perfect working order for your workspace.
Inside a Closet
A storage closet, linen closet or even a small coat closet can be turned into a workroom by finding a desk and shelves that fit the space. Leave closet doors on or off, depending on how much you want to be able to hide your office away.
(Images: 1. Better Homes and Gardens, 2. Martha Stewart Living, 3. Better Homes and Gardens, 4. My Home Ideas, 5. Steve & Nancy's Vintage Sunset-Inspired Home, 6. Real Simple, 7. Jason's Closet Office)