You Ask, We Answer: How Do I Design a Home Office?
Decide on the desk
Choosing your desk is a critical part of your work from home setup, because it will not only be a focal point in the room, but it needs to be fully functional for your needs. Does your desk have enough room to sit comfortably while holding your oversized monitor (or two)? Do you have room to spread out paperwork, if that’s what your job calls for? Does it have built-in cord keepers, or drawers for storage?
Consider how your workday normally progresses and what challenges you’ve faced working from random surfaces throughout your home, and be sure your desk meets your needs. Once you find a design that’s fully functional (we’re looking at you, adjustable standing desks!), it’s time to decide on the style of your desk: Sleek and modern? Boho chic? Or perhaps something more traditional? Let your desk set the tone for the rest of this room—and don’t forget to have fun with it. After all, designing your own office space is one of the perks of working from home!
Light your way
Don’t be afraid to think outside the (storage) box here. If setting up your home office in a guest bedroom, for instance, consider utilizing a dresser or armoire as your storage solution. Bookcases can hold jars or vases used for holding office supplies; open shelves can serve as a mix of artful display and function by holding books, photos and folders or other office gear.
And while you’re thinking about storage, don’t forget to consider creative solutions for hiding your multiple power cords. Smart and streamlined solutions like those from Yamazaki do a great job keeping things neat without breaking the bank.
Artwork, photographs, paint color, furniture and lighting all come together to create an office that reflects your design aesthetic and your work style. You may prefer to work in a stark room because it’s less distracting, or you may want as much personality around you as possible to serve as inspiration. Just remember that if you’re on video calls a lot, you want to consider what’s showing up in the background. Other than that, have fun personalizing your work space! Make it a room you enjoy coming into spending time in—then reward yourself with a snack from the company kitchen. You know, the one down the hall.