In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of creating two very different home office layouts to put this small space to work.
The Space: A small, square home office
The Style: Industrial Minimal
The Challenge: Designing a fully functional and stylish home office layout in a very small space.
Whether you work from home full-time or just need a smart, stylish space to get work done on occasion, it’s important to have a home office layout design that meets all your workspace needs!
It’s easy to turn a small space into an optimum productivity zone, but what that actually looks like can be very different for different people. Your office design really depends on what your needs are and how you plan to use the space. We cooked up 2 layouts to give you 2 examples of very different ways to design this small home office space. Check it out and see which one works for you.
Layout Idea #1: The Executive Suite Home Office
Our first office layout is sharp, sleek, and cool—perfect for maximum productivity. The room has a minimal sleek design with a neutral color palette to keep it fresh, bright, and airy. Pops of contrast throughout help keep it from feeling bland, like the dark shelves, chair, and lamp. And the wood credenza and chair help warm everything up.
The key elements:
Floating Desk. Floating the desk in the center of the room is a total power move! Be your own CEO when you’re working from home—your desk doesn’t have to be pushed against the wall. The open flow in your office layout is great if you meet with clients/need a more conversational layout. Plus, it leaves even more wall space for extra storage.
Lots of storage. The credenza and bookcase offer lots of storage, which is crucial for an office layout. Nothing puts a damper on productivity like clutter! We like a mix of closed and open storage so you can display significant items and tuck the rest out of sight.
Extra seating. We tucked in a bench against the wall for extra seating that isn’t obtrusive—just pull it into the room when you have guests. A pouf is also a great way to have a little backup seating on hand, and it also doubles as a footrest.
Will this home office layout work for you? Yes if you…
- Like a clean, minimalist design that looks sleek, serious and professional.
- Need plenty of extra seating for entertaining clients or guests.
- Want lots of storage to make sure the office is always clutter-free.
- Love the powerful perch of a floating desk and a full 360-degree view of the room.
Layout Idea #2: The Cozy Productivity Zone
Office layout design #2 is all about creating an inviting space for creativity and concentration. The design is industrial and minimal but leans toward the cozy and cool side. It features a high contrast palette composed of an even mix of neutral tones and various blues. This is definitely a space for getting in the zone and accomplishing things. It stays stylish with industrial light fixtures, sleek furniture, and pops of comfort throughout.Shop This Room
The key elements:
Desk against the wall. The desk up against the wall serves as a dedicated, productive workspace with zero distractions. This is a great office layout if you work on a monitor and have lots of cords. We included a gallery wall above the desk to offer some inspiration while you work—and you can also enjoy the view out the window.
Reading nook. A cozy reading nook is a great idea for a home office! When you need to step away from the computer, kick back in the chair, have a coffee, and read while you recharge. The pouf makes a great footrest and can also double as an extra seat.
Cozy design. This room has a super cozy design that’s ready to help you get down to business. The dark accent wall adds an enveloping feeling so your mind doesn’t wander. And it also ties in the dark frames of the windows. We added in layered textiles, like the curtains and rug, along with woven textures like the basket, pouf, and pillow, for ultimate cozy warmth. And you can’t go wrong with plants! They make you happy, freshen the air and add color to your space.
Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…
- Prefer a dedicated workspace to get in the zone with no distractions.
- Work on a monitor or have a lot of computer/electronic cords.
- Want a space that helps hone your focus.
- Love a cool, contrasting color palette and a cozy and serene space
- Need a space like a reading nook for relaxing and recharging away from your desk.