Wendy's Shoebox Studio over at Apartment Therapy New York is just 350 square feet space, which means every square inch counts. She's worked with a narrow space and created a multi-tier wall-mounted home office which maximizes space and looks charming (when in doubt, add flowers or decorative items).
"My solution to this was to get a desk with shelves that mounted to my wall which took advantage of the vertical space available. In terms of storage, I took advantage of the space above my kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. I found that wicker baskets were perfect in terms of storage and carried more style than regular baskets. As you can tell, I'm also a big fan of wicker baskets."
So when in doubt, and in dire need of space, remember the Pixar film and look up! Here are some ideas for thinking vertically for your home: