Working from home has taken the world by storm these past couple of years. And for many, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. What was once almost a foreign concept is now a reality for many people.
So, if you’re someone who works from home either full-time or a couple of days a week, it’s time to ditch your temporary setup (we see you there at your kitchen table) and invest in a permanent home office. We’re here to help you create a stylish space that fits into your home and inspires creativity and productivity every day.
For those looking to create a home office for your small space, these tips and tricks will work just as well. Let’s get started.
Designate a Specific Location
First, consider your floor plan and determine where your home office should be located. You will be spending a lot of your time here, so choose wisely.
Working at your dining table, from your couch, or (gasp) even from your bed was fine for the short-term, but now that working from home is here to stay, it’s time to give your home office some love.
Don’t forget to think about traffic flow and whether you’d like to be surrounded by activity, or perhaps tucked away somewhere more quiet if your line of work requires a lot of concentration.
If possible, position your desk by a window so you can enjoy a view while you work. If you don’t have an available window, a mirror or a beautiful piece of art will do the trick too.
Get Creative with Space
If you live in a smaller space, it’s time to get creative. For example, you could rearrange things in your guest bedroom, to make more room for a home office.
One space-saving hack is to incorporate clever furniture like this Colten Loft Bed. This stylish bed serves as a comfortable sleeping spot for guests, with a handy nook underneath for a desk.
You can even create a pretty killer office in an unused closet. Once the workday is over, just close the door!
Another idea is to use an accent wall to designate a spot just for your home office. Having a dedicated space reserved for business will help you establish clear boundaries between work and play — and make it easier to disconnect at the end of the day.
Design Your Dream Office
Now it’s time to design your home office. Think about your interior design aesthetic. Is it mid-century modern, Scandinavian, minimalist, boho, rustic, or ultra-modern? If you’re not sure what your style is, there are lots of quizzes online to help you figure it out.
Being clear on your design style will help you narrow down the desired look for your office and ensure you’re happy with the end result. There is plenty of home office inspo to be found online too – take a look and determine what you like as you go about designing your home office.
Next, decide where everything should go (you’ll need to get the feng shui just right to achieve an optimal work environment, obvi). Choose a paint color you love, an accent rug if space allows, a lamp, and art that makes you happy when you look at it.
Think about adding some fun extras, too, like a Bluetooth speaker to stream some productivity-boosting beats from. And of course, you will need furniture. Which brings us to...
Choose Pieces That Fit with Your Home
When it comes to selecting furniture for your home office, you’ll want to opt for pieces that make sense with your existing decor.
While you’ll want to factor in ergonomic considerations, say no to furniture that screams “corporate office “– unless that’s your decorating style, which is unlikely.
Invest in a desk chair that will look great in your home – like this Olten Task Chair. This stylish, comfortable chair would fit in perfectly with a range of different design styles thanks to its simple modern look. We’re especially smitten with the camel color.
When selecting a computer desk, opt for a minimalistic design like this Bexley Computer Desk. It provides plenty of room for storage while still making a stylish statement in your home. Choose the navy color if you want it to pop, or go for the walnut if you want it to blend in seamlessly to any space.
Give Yourself the Gift of Storage
You’ll definitely want to include some storage solutions in your home office to stay decluttered and organized – essential for prime productivity!
Some storage ideas include bookshelves, baskets or cube storage, or our personal favorite – a trendy metal locker accent cabinet like this. This one comes in a bunch of stunning colors to choose from and ample space inside for office supplies. Chef’s kiss!
Your Perfect Home Office Awaits
Let’s sum up the (simple) steps to creating a beautiful, productivity-enhancing home office, shall we?:
- Figure out the ideal location for your home office
- Think outside the box and use your available space creativity
- Embrace your inner interior designer
- Invest in stylish, functional office furniture
- Incorporate some clever storage
A dream home office will look different for everyone, but as long as your space makes you feel happy and productive, and it looks completely fabulous (obviously), we’d say you’re totally nailing that work from home life. Mission accomplished!