How to Create Your Dream Home Office

Posted In Knowledge - 08/04/2016

Whether you work from home full-time or just catch up on tasks over the weekend, having a designated workspace to call your own is important. Creating a home base can increase your productivity, and you can keep all of your essentials in one convenient place.

When designing a home office, consider the size of your space, how you want it to function and the essentials you need to enjoy the time spent there. We've gathered several tips and a few furniture options so you can turn any guest room, garden shed or quiet corner into the work retreat you've always dreamed of.

Taking in Your Surroundings

The first thing you need to do when working from home is choose where you want to work. Larger houses may have unused spaces, such as a guest room or your teenager's old bedroom. For spaces with less square footage, such as studio apartments, adding a small desk and the perfect desk chair to a corner spot in front of the window could be all that's needed to set up shop.

  • Spare Rooms – Converting a guest bedroom or storage area is one of the easiest ways to create a functional workstation. The large dimensions allow enough space for a sleek desk, a couple of sturdy bookshelves and even a small sofa for breaks and brainstorming.
  • The Great Outdoors – With proper insulation and care, a storage or garden backyard shed can provide a bountiful harvest of inspiration. While these units can vary in size, many offer plenty of room for all your office essentials. Take advantage of your location by opening the doors or cracking a window, so you can enjoy your garden surroundings while letting in plenty of light and fresh air to stay focused.
  • Sharing Spaces – For those with a lot of creativity and little square footage, a quiet corner in one of the rooms of your home may be the best option. Corner desks are a great choice, since they fit neatly into tight angles. Models with built-in storage allow you to keep your home office neat and tidy, which is important if it's in a living room or den.

Having the right place to work and properly orienting your workspace makes all the difference. Try out your new space for a week or two, and if you change your mind, simply move to a different spot. You may discover that you prefer sitting in a room filled with natural light or that setting up shop behind the living room sofa or a room divider is both practical and productive.

Make Working from Home Work for You

Ensuring your office functions properly is vital to your success. The key is making sure your home office meets your needs. Are you using it for personal projects or will you be running a business from the comfort of your own home? Will you need more surface space to work effectively or does storage top your list of concerns? Before you shop around, consider the furniture and accessories you'll need for your workspace.

  • Big Business – In addition to a good internet connection, you're going to need ample space for your computer, printer and other work-related devices. Certain desk designs, such as L-shaped desks, provide plenty of room for everything and make it easy to move from one task to another. Consider adding a few filing cabinets or storage bins to keep paper files neat and organized.
  • Personal Projects – Maybe you're a work-from-home blogger or you want a dedicated place to gather inspiration when you're writing your novel. Having a spot to organize your ideas is crucial. Fun, folding corkboards are a great way to keep papers and sticky notes in one convenient spot, and you can use them to divide the room in shared spaces.
  • Small Startup – Designing a central work hub can turn your dream business into a reality. Outfit your station with a nice desk, a cozy office chair and bookshelves. This will help you feel more motivated and inspired to sit down and work every day. Designing a home office will also make you look more professional when conducting video conference calls with clients and potential partners.

Picking a Theme

Your home office should reflect your personality and style. Since you'll be spending a lot of time there, make it a place where you belong. Do you like bright, bold colors? Prefer something cool and neutral? We've listed a few common styles and designs below with suggestions to help you get just the right look.

  • Make It Modern – Straight, clean lines are key. Look for simple, clutter-free pieces. Desks with slim profiles complement these layouts nicely. While modern designs are generally clean and reserved, bringing in a fun bookcase for extra storage or an accent like a geometric rug spices up the look without adding excess.
  • Rustic Done Right – For those who prefer the appearance of real wood and rural charm, a rustic workstation is the perfect solution. The look and feel of raw materials add authenticity to these designs, so look for artwork with a connection to nature and shop for furniture that features leather upholstery or dark wood finishes.
  • A Coastal Retreat – Why shouldn't a day at the office feel like a day at the beach? Decorating your layout in nautical blues and soft, sandy browns offers a relaxing vibe. When creating your own paradise, search for light wood desks and bookcases as well as decor with tropical motifs.

Designing a home office space can be a fun and exciting project. In addition to your workspace requirements, play around with different aspects of the room to take your design to the next level. Repaint to better complement your style or create a themed accent wall using wallpaper. Hanging decor, such as graphic prints or abstract paintings, also spruce up your space in a snap.

Make your Dream Home Office a Reality

While designing a home office space can seem overwhelming, sticking to the basics makes the process easier. Look for foundational pieces, such as desks, chairs and bookcases to create an environment that's both fun and functional. If you follow the home office ideas we've laid out, a productive, relaxing work space is well within reach.

Also check out: Stephanie Wiley PhotographyNancy Sanford, Inc., Rossington Architecture, and Maria Killam.

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