WHETHER YOUR HOME OFFICE CONSISTS OF A DESIGNATED ROOM OR A TIGHT CORNER IN YOUR KITCHEN, THERE ARE CERTAIN KEY STRATEGIES FOR MAKING THE MOST OF IT.
WORDS: Jennifer Baum Lagdemeo | Shared from Dwell
Take a look at these 10 effective tips for creating a home office space that will allow you to feel at home and comfortable—but also just as productive as you would at the company hub.
Reserve A Well-Lit Area
Working is much more pleasant when you have natural light to brighten up your space. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a window, then invest in some stylish lighting.
Find A Spacious Desk
A tabletop desk with trestle legs is a modern, customizable, and budget-friendly option for creating a clean surface to work from.
Invest In A Wall Bookshelf
Dividing off your workspace with a temporary “wall” can be particularly effective if you’re renting and can’t make any permanent alterations to your home. Bookshelves also clearly serve a functional purpose.
Create An Office Cubby
A nook between two walls or two closets can be the perfect spot to squeeze in an office cubby. Look for a small-sized desk or have one custom-built to fit the exact measurements of your space.
Consider A Built-In Unit
Built-in units can solve storage issues while making your office space look like it was there all along.
This young boy’s bedroom features a built-in walnut bookshelf and desk. Smart details—like the magnetic paint in lieu of a bulletin board—help keep the space tidy. The chair is an Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair. Photo: Adam Rouse
Get Tucked Away
This bright apartment renovation in Barcelona by Architectural design firm YLAB Arquitectos Barcelona, yielded a discrete home work space that’s divided from from the living room with a sliding door.
A sliding oak door leads from the living room to the studio library, outfitted with custom, white-lacquered built-in units and furnishings. The floor lamp is by Marset, and the MDM lounge chair and poufs, all from Materia, form a cozy reading nook. Photo Courtesy of Tobias Laarmann
Create An Attic Hideaway
A finished attic can be the perfect spot for a private—and quiet—home office.
Camouflage Your Workspace
By creating a desk out of roof beams, this home office perfectly integrates into an open-plan renovation of a Northern Italian farmhouse.
The sitting area and office are on the second floor, reached via the catwalk. Near the sofa by Piero Lissoni for Cassina is a Bourgie lamp from Kartell; on the large table, made from old roof beams, is a Taccia lamp from FLOS. Photo: Helenio Barbetta
This couple makes good use of limited space by using the front loft of their weekend home for both work and play.
Try Out The Garage
A Vancouver-based designer took an unused garage and turned it into a brilliant home office.
Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Jennifer Baum Lagdameo is a freelance design writer who has lived in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Tokyo and Manila. She is currently exploring the Pacific Northwest from her home base in Portland, OR.