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Buying Guide: 6 Tips for Choosing Your Perfect Desk

Whether you’re working remotely for good or not, it’s looking like many of us will still be working from home in 2021. If you haven’t taken the plunge to set up a more permanent workspace, now’s the time!

With any home office, the most important question is: What desk should I get? Makes sense, since it’s the key piece you’ll be doing all your work on. And when it comes to finding the right desk for your work needs, there are a lot of factors to consider—from storage to style to shape.

For guidance, we’re breaking it all down here for you. Read on to get step-by-step on how to choose a desk that’s right for you, your space, and your work style.

Ready to shop for a desk? Check out our roundup of the best types of desks, then get inspiration for your space in our room gallery for office design ideas!

 

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Identify how you’ll use the desk

Before you look for a desk, figure out what you’ll be using your desk for. Will you be doing a lot of creative or finance work that requires a big surface? Or do you work mostly on your laptop or computer? Start here with how you need the desk to function for you.

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If you’re only doing computer work…

Will you be working on a laptop with a monitor or using a desktop? Naturally, laptops will require less space, so you can get away with a smaller computer desk. If you’re using a desktop or several monitors, you’ll want a longer and wider desk that allows for cord management, and maybe an evening one that comes with a keyboard tray.

If you work with lots of files and paperwork…

A spacious home office desk or one with drawers and storage might work best for you. You may also want a place to stack, arrange, and store your paperwork as well as a spot to organize writing utensils (like a drawer). You’ll also want to consider a desk height that lets you extend your arms and work comfortably.

If you need a desk for both…

You’ll want to consider desks that can accommodate all our work equipment and paperwork. The key is to edit your work material needs down to 2-3 essentials—laptop and monitor, notebooks, paperwork, and all— that you’ll keep on your desk surface. And then consider the desk size and you’ll need it from there.

 

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Will it be a communal workspace?

A collaborative workspace means a larger desk. You can consider a few different approaches:

You can opt for both people to sit on the same side (so there’s enough legroom underneath for two). Or pick a desk that’s closer in proportion to a dining table, which will allow two or more people to share the work surface all around. Here, a dining table that’s not too wide is made into a collaborative desk for two, with chairs on opposite sides of the table. You can find more creative hacks with our dining room office designs.

Another option? If you have the room, you can try arranging a home office with two desks.

 

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Consider the size of your space

Once you’ve figured out how you’ll be using your desk and how many people will be working at your desk, next is figuring out how much room you have to work with.

If you have space constraints…

Maybe you only have a closet, a nook in your living room, or a tiny area next to your bed. On the contrary, you might have a large office, and it would feel odd to have a tiny desk along one wall. You want to take note of the size and nuances of your room and the exact spot for your desk. If you’re dealing with a small space, also take a look at our small home office design tips.

And don’t forget to measure and check for any physical restraints around getting a desk inside your space, such as the width and size of your doorways, stairwells, etc.

Have a sense of your desk shape

After you know the space you’re working with, think about what shape desk will fit best.

For instance, in a small office, you might want to maximize a corner space with an L-shaped desk. Or maybe you need something even more compact, like a corner desk. On the other hand, with a large office where you need lots of surface space, it may warrant a U-shape desk. Get clear on the desk shape and configuration you need, because that will also influence the other office furniture you bring into your space.

 

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Think through your storage needs

Now that you have your desk space, size, and shape figure out, it’s time to focus on storage.

To start, ask yourself if you’ll need a compact desk with separate open storage or one that lets you keep everything organized in drawers and built-in storage.

For example, with a small office, you may want to explore ladder desk options, which provide vertical storage and will help you save on horizontal and floor space. Similarly, if your office is narrow, that may call for a console-style desk, which won’t take up much width.

Read This Next: Our All-In-One Home Office Furniture Checklist

For light storage, look for a desk with…

Either no drawers or a single drawer that can hold small items like pens, notepads, mail, etc. Light storage means you’ll have to store supplies in other office furniture and accessories, such as bookshelves, cabinets, and bins. Another option is to choose a desk with enough space underneath that lets you wheel in a small filing cabinet or baskets.

For medium storage, look for a desk with…

Multiple drawers or a connected built-in file cabinet. You’ll find many larger home office desks, such as L-shaped desks, with shelving units connected to them, so it might be worth investing in a whole system if you need to spread out your work on multiple surfaces.

For heavy storage, look for a desk with…

Multiple drawers that are large and deep, as well as desks that have large file cabinets on both sides. You may even want to add open shelving additional above your desk to maximize wall space for storage. You’ll also want to choose a desk with a large surface for desktop items.

 

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Don’t forget: Ergonomics play a huge part

Now let’s consider your work style, because how you work matters when you’re choosing a desk. To start, do you like to stand or sit when you’re working?

A standing desk that can be moved up or down could be great for you if you like to stay active and not stay seated for hours on end. In the same vein, a treadmill walking desk can also be a great option. But if you love to sit and lounge while you work, make sure you get a home office desk with enough legroom to pull up a big comfy desk chair.

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Will you need different work ‘zones’?

Do you need to swivel between monitors or have it all in front of you? Do you need different work areas, like a computer and monitor on one side and a surface for paperwork on another? Decide what’s most productive for you. Having an L-shaped or U-shaped desk can be perfect if you need to switch gears a lot for your work. Alternatively, if you want all your work and monitors in front of you, make sure you get a long enough computer desk to house it all on one surface.

What about your arms comfort?

Will you need a home office desk that’s deep enough for your arms and wrists to sit comfortably on the keyboard? A good rule of thumb is to make sure your desk isn’t so narrow that your keyboard or laptop is sitting right on the edge of your table—which will strain your arms, wrist, and neck. Also good to note: Monitors should be eye level or higher to maintain good neck posture.

How about legroom?

Will your desk chair and your legs fit comfortably underneath? If you have really long legs or like to stretch your legs while you work, you definitely want to take this into consideration—and you might even want to float your desk instead of putting it up against a wall to give your legs more room underneath.

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Keep quality and durability in mind

Finally, materials matter when choosing a home office desk. One that’s made using quality materials and well-designed is worth the investment because you’ll keep it for years to come. One that’s the right size but made with mediocre materials and design will eventually show wear and you’ll have to replace it sooner than you think.

Pay attention to high-quality materials

Solid wood, marble, and natural stone-top desks along with ones that have decorative details like carved wood, metal accents, and exotic coverings will cost more. If you need an extra durable desktop, look for office desks with a veneer wood or a highly laminated top. These are also materials that will last for a lifetime, so if you’re ready to splurge, it’s definitely worth it.

Look at the construction

If you use drawers a lot, you’ll want solidly constructed drawers with dove joinery and good rolling mechanisms. Most vintage or older desks have wood-on-wood drawers, which tend to warp and get stuck more, while newer desks come with soft closing mechanisms that prevent slamming. Either way, make sure you check out all the design elements because a table that keeps up with you and your work should always be the benchmark when choosing a desk.

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Modsy Designers Talk: The Most-Common Home Office Design Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

In the past 6+ months, we’ve helped countless customers make work-from-home spaces that are stylish and functional. And we’re not just talking formal home offices but also temporary-turned-semi-permanent spaces, dining room offices, multipurpose workspaces, and home offices with two desks.

Our expert interior designers are pros at putting together home office design ideas and creating spaces that look good and give each customer just what they need. But along the way, they’ve also seen plenty of home office mistakes that they’ve helped to remedy. Today, our designers are sharing the most common home office design mistakes they’ve seen along the way and how to fix them!

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The Mistake: Not Enough Lighting

It’s an easy mistake to make when you’re used to working in a cubicle with no windows and only fluorescent lighting as far as the eye can see. But in a home office, there’s no reason why you can’t make your lighting exactly what you need it to be!

The Fix: Layered Lighting and Good Natural Light

If possible, place your desk next to a window for a flood of natural light. That sunlight will not only light up your space but might just boost your mood, too! Then, for gloomy days (or if you aren’t able to put your desk near a window) incorporate layered lighting in your workspace. Start with a task lamp, but consider a floor lamp in the corner or an overhead pendant light for extra lighting and ambiance.

“Not having enough lighting or access to a view of the outdoors is a big mistake people make in their home offices. Good natural lighting can dramatically increase your mood and productivity. Plus, no one wants to work in a dark cave!” –Victoria M, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Cramming a Workspace into Too Small of a Space

We’re more than six months into working from home, so it’s time to graduate from your temporary workspace if you haven’t already. There’s no reason to stay crammed in a corner or at a makeshift desk!

The Fix: Give Yourself Space to Breathe

Find space in your home where you can have a more permanent workspace and some room to breathe. And invest in some real home office furniture! And set it up as if you’re going to stay a while with some personalization!

“Too many people squeeze a workspace into a tiny corner or forever use a makeshift desk. Stop that! Give yourself some space to breathe, think, and create by making your WFH set-up by a window or in a roomy area. Then, add some plants, candles, art, or whatever makes you feel inspired. Make it a dedicated space for productivity, even if it has to double as a space for eating or relaxing when you’re not working!” –Katie W, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Being Disorganized

Some people are naturally disorganized and some people simply end up that way because of how crazy life is right now. But a cluttered workspace leads to a cluttered mind!

The Fix: Using Organizational Tools

Make sure your home office has the organizational tools you need to keep things in order. Invest in a file cabinet for all your paperwork, or use memento boxes on a floating shelf or bookcase for storage of notebooks or other office supplies. Or keep a basket or two nearby to stash electronics and snacks! Essentially, give everything a place, so you don’t have to spend your precious time organizing and reorganizing. Rather, at the end of the day just take two minutes to return everything to its place so you start the next day with a tidy desk!

Need help finding the right storage solution for you? Check out our complete guide to the best storage furniture.

“I’ve seen a lot of disorganized home offices. But if your things have a designated spot, then it’s easier to work and be productive—and doesn’t require spending time cleaning up a mess of papers or playing catch up. Also, some greenery and a seasonal candle really set the work from home ambiance and lifts morale!” –Jessica M, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: A Sterile Workspace

A sterile, undecorated workspace won’t do anything to make you happy or inspired to start work each day. You’re working from home—so there’s no reason why you can’t bring some personality to your space!

The Fix: Personalizing Your Space

You spend a lot of time at your desk—so why not personalize your workspace? Bring in family photos, favorite artwork, or any other and moments of joy that will inspire you. Create a space where you enjoy spending time every day.

“Too often, people forget to personalize their space. If you don’t decorate your desk area to reflect you, you won’t enjoy sitting there every day and all day!” –Katelin S, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Forgetting About Your Video Call Background

Some people do think to personalize the desk in front of them—but they totally forget to design the space behind them. But, with endless days of video calls, it’s worth it to consider the background that your co-workers are staring at during calls. You don’t want it to be distracting, but it’s also not ideal if it’s totally bare.

The Fix: A Simple But Beautiful Backdrop

Set your desk up at an angle where your face can be well lit by the natural light in the room, and supplement with a lamp or overhead light as needed. On the wall behind you, hang a simple print or painting, or a bookcase with simple but beautiful styling!

“Not taking the background into consideration, especially for video calls. You want to make sure it’s not distracting for yourself or your colleagues while you’re on the call.” –Jenny F, Modsy Designer

“Views are so, so important! Not only what you look at all day, but also what your coworkers look at in video calls behind you! I always make sure to design home offices in a way that allows my client to look out a window (if the view out there is worth it!) and has a simple yet beautiful wall behind them (make a fun accent wall back there!) to really wow their coworkers during meetings.” –Becky S, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: An Uncomfortable Space

Whether it’s a desk chair that’s too hard or the wrong height, a room that’s too cold (visually or literally), or you’ve set up a replica of your cubicle at home, too many people settle for an uncomfortable home office.

The Fix: Make It Comfy and Cozy

Celebrate the fact that you aren’t working in a cubicle by painting your walls, hanging up some artwork, and investing in a comfortable chair and desk that you love. Consider layering a rug beneath your set-up and adding in a plant or two to bring some color and life to the space. Whatever it takes for a cozier, more comfortable set-up!

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“Your home doesn’t need to look like a corporate office or board room. It depends on the person, but I love an office that looks like a comfy, cozy living room. It reminds me that we all need to be comfortable and it’s reflective of the fact that we’re actually living in these spaces, too. A home office can be warm, fluffy, and an extension of the style of the rest of your home.  It doesn’t need to have a more ‘serious’ work feel.” –Michal G, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Bad Seating

If your back hurts at the end of every workday, you’re doing something wrong. Stop ignoring ergonomics—whether that’s an uncomfortable chair, a table that’s too tall or too short for your chair, or a combination of the two.

Get the scoop on our favorite budget-friendly home office chairs!

The Fix: Investing in an Ergonomic and Comfortable Chair

Even if you don’t have space for a formal home office, you can certainly get an ergonomic and comfortable chair to sit in each day. Find one with an adjustable height, so you can get it just right for the height of the table or desk from which you’re working. Bonus points if it has lumbar support!

“Too many people are living every day without ergonomic equipment and a comfortable chair!” –Shelly S, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: A Distracting Space

You can’t work efficiently if you’re in a loud or cluttered space. Distractions keep us from doing our best work.

The Fix: A Quiet, Distraction-Free Work Zone

If at all possible, set up your home office in a place where you have a door you can shut. Not only is this helpful for video calls, but it will give you at least a bit of uninterrupted time to focus on work. If that’s not possible, at least make sure your area is free of clutter and as many distractions as you can cut out.

“Most people underestimate having a space that is quiet and uncluttered while working from home. Noise and too many items around are definitely distractions.” –Samara W, Modsy Designer

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Get to Work in These 8 Cozy-Comfy Rustic Home Office Ideas

Home office designs are all about making it easy and comfortable for you to get to work. These days, a lot more of us are working from home either full- or part-time and we need a room that works for work! Choosing a decor style and creating a room to work at home is fun if you like to dabble in interior design! Home office designs run the gamut from charming farmhouse to sleek modern—but have you thought about trying rustic home office designs? Get some inspiration for your space and explore these rustic office ideas to see what it’s all about.

rustic home officeRustic Industrial Nook

This is one of the easiest rustic home office designs to pull off. It shows off a stylish rustic look with natural materials like weathered woods, industrial metals, and organic decor. The layout is compact enough to fit right in the nook under the stairs but also has enough furniture to be totally functional. The ladder bookcase adds an area for storage as well as an opportunity to display your favorite decor and give the office a little personality. Using neutral colors with warm woods helps create a cozy study vibe.

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rustic home officeModern Farmhouse

This is one of our favorite rustic home office designs because it’s all about weathered woods and natural textures. The individual elements give it that warm, rustic vibe and the crisp geometry of the cabinet and desk legs lend it a modern edge. This is a great way to incorporate a home office into a passthrough space in your home. The desk is a large, unfinished wood slab and the artwork brings a pop of color to the space. And the cabinet comes in handy as extra storage and for displaying decorative pieces.

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Mid-Century Modern Meets Rustic

This rustic home office perfectly blends farmhouse touches with mid-century modern styling. Mid-century furniture with tapered legs, like this walnut wood desk, looks great with the rustic materials like leather and jute. A striped rug blends modern and rustic style and adds a cozy base, and using a wall sconce instead of a floor lamp optimizes desk space. Finally, the layered, leaning art adds a stylish and casual touch.

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Traditional Rustic Office

We love rustic home office designs that blend traditional pieces, like the leather club chair, with rustic design elements like natural woods and pops of greenery. The colors are dark and moody so it feels more formal and traditional. This look adheres to a classic office layout with a desk facing a guest chair, so it’s one of the best home office designs if you plan to have meetings at your house often. And the desk is a modern rustic piece but still feels traditional with the oak wood finish.

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Soothing Rustic Greens

This rustic home office strikes a perfect balance between relaxed and refined. The furniture has an elegant and sophisticated feel and the large mirror doubles as wall decor, making the small space appear much larger. The layout is formal, with club chairs facing the floating desk. And the green walls add an earthy vibe and serene touch, complementing the light weather wood pieces in the design.

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rustic home officeModern Rustic Home Office

This work area incorporates elements of both modern and rustic home office design. Modern elements include the clean lines of furniture like the sleek bookcase and desk. And materials like jute and natural wood add a rustic touch. Steer-themed art definitely adds a statement and toes the line between modern and rustic. The office occupies a larger, multi-purpose space, but using area rugs helps to define it as a separate “getting to work” zone. It features ample storage with open shelving, a desk with drawers, and the neutral palette lets the rugged materials shine through.

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Sophisticated Rustic Workspace

This black and white rustic home office look incorporates furniture with rugged touches like natural woods and metals. Then it steps it up with sophisticated details like flowers, delicately carved lamps, and an ornate mirror. The office feels open and airy with slim pieces—even the console has open shelving. Everything is solid except curtains and rug which add a pop of texture and visual interest.

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Minimally Rustic

This style blends minimalist and rustic design elements to create a simple, streamlined look. The bookcase is sleek and has a no-frills vibe, but rustic decor pieces help warm it up. Likewise, the desk is bare and without decor but the weathered wooden surface gives it that cozy, rustic feel. The neutral color palette looks great with both the relaxed natural vibes of rustic design and the cool, contemporary minimalism. And, there is plenty of storage so you can keep this rustic minimalist home office tidy and neat.

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Get in the Zone With These 8 Clever Home Office Layout Ideas

These days, more people are working from home than ever before. The “gig economy” means a huge part of the workforce is freelancing instead of reporting to an office. And with the state of technology today we even have the option of having full-time remote jobs with companies all across the globe! All of this is to say that home office design is a top priority for many of us right now.

If you have an office space at home or a plan to design an office, you’ve probably thought about your style preferences—but have you considered the layout? We tend to get excited about office design and decor but office layouts are just as important to think about as you plan! While choosing between types of office designs is a great start, layouts actually impact the functionality of space and your effectiveness at work. Depending on the type of office work you do, your office layout plan might even make or break your productivity!

If you plan on coming up with your own workspace design, read on! This post will show you the importance of office planning with 10 office layout ideas to inspire you!

office layoutThe Standard Desk-Against-the-Wall Layout

Most standard office layouts feature desks against the wall, creating a solid plan for the design. A typical room has all 4 walls as potential options for desks—plan on using one as your basecamp and boom! Your office layout is up and running.

This office layout leaves room for extra seating, which is a great way to plan for guests and coworkers visiting. It even makes a nice spot for a quick power nap to get you through the workday.

This office layout is perfect if your work plan requires a traditional set-up or you want space for extra seating for guests. It’s also ideal if you plan to work on a big monitor and/or have lots of cords because this office layout lets you tuck them away between the wall and desk.

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office layoutDesk Space in an Under-Stair Nook

We love how this office layout makes use of an otherwise hard to fill space. You can make the most of an under-the-staircase space by putting storage in the smallest part under the sloped steps. Use an area rug in your plan to help create a visual “zone” and distinguish your office from the rest of the space.

An office layout like this is a perfect solution if you don’t have a spare room to turn into a dedicated workspace. It is not ideal for someone who doesn’t want to work out in the open i.e if you need to concentrate or plan to host meetings with clients/co-workers. But all in all, this office layout helps make the most of a small and/or awkward space and provides a cozy place to focus!

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office layoutL-Shaped Desk Office Layout

This is an excellent home office layout for multi-use rooms, like an office space that the whole family shares, for example. The L-shaped desk is great for maximizing the usability of the space. The desk tucks nicely into the corner and also saves floor space for other essential furniture. It’s a great multi-purpose space for busy homes!

An office layout like this is great for someone who needs a combined workspace and reading retreat. It’s also ideal for an office layout that family members or roommates will share and use for different things.

Steer clear of this office layout if you are easily distracted from work by cozy relaxation areas because it has plenty of them! It also might not be the best if you need a lot of privacy in your office layout.

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office layoutHome Office in a Pass-Through Space

If you have an open, passthrough space or hallway that can’t serve many other purposes, this office layout can make use of that empty area. It’s a good design for open floor plans or if you don’t have room for a full office. For this look, consider using a desk with closed storage, and place it against the wall so the work area stays tidy and neat (a must-have for offices on display like this).

This office layout is good for someone who works from home but has limited space. It’s also great if you need a study spot for kiddos to do homework and want it to be visible in the main part of the house.

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office layoutThe Perpendicular Desk Layout

Most office designs have a desk facing the wall—but this office layout invites you to go “off script” and turn yours perpendicular. This simple pivot totally changes the feeling of the design and how you can use the room. Not everyone likes having their back facing the open room, for one.

An office design like this also leaves more wall space open for storage and seating options. Somehow the layout creates a sense of airiness, almost like an at-home cubicle but way nicer to work in!

This is a great office layout for someone who wants their work space to feel open and unrestrained. However, it’s not the best layout choice if you get direct sunlight through your windows—you’ll have to deal with a pesky glare on your monitor all day.

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office layoutThe Executive Suite Office Layout

Letting your desk float in the middle of the room lends a more formal feel to an office layout and creates the illusion of more space in close quarters. This design also frees up more wall space for storage. Plus, you still have room for additional seats in front of the desk!

This is a great design if you have frequent meetings at home or if you need an office layout with room to consult with clients. It’s not the best choice if you work on a large monitor and have cords galore to deal with.

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office layoutDual Work and Play Office Layout

This office layout is on double duty as both home office and play space! It’s a multitasking heaven where you can keep an eye on the kids while taking care of business. You can choose to either put the desk up against a wall or float it so you’re facing into the room and can keep an eye on kiddos nearby.

To make sure this office layout can accommodate two separate areas, make sure you use light, movable pieces that can easily be rearranged. The kid’s table and stools are light enough to be moved to another space if you need to use the room for a meeting.

This office layout works best for busy parents who freelance or need a home office space where kids can hang out too. It’s not ideal if you need a private space to work where you can concentrate or if you have a tiny room that can’t fit quite so many items.

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office layoutBistro Home Office Set-Up

We love this modern office layout with a tall desk and high chair as a workstation. It’s an ideal layout for studios or loft spaces where you don’t want a bulky desk taking up half the apartment. This is a good hack for people who like the option of standing as they work but don’t own an adjustable height desk.

Plus, this office layout leaves more room for under-desk storage! It’s a perfect solution if you have a small live and workspace or if you feel more energized in an elevated seat or standing at a tall desk while you work.

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Modern Office Design: 7 Ways to Design a Sleek Home Office Space

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Home office design is all the rage these days as more and more people have remote jobs and need to get work done at home. Even if you don’t work from home, work responsibilities and small meetings often spill over into home office work. It’s important to have an office space dedicated to productivity so you can focus and get stuff done!

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, make the most of it by creating a comfortable workspace. We think modern is a great style for home office design because it’s streamlined and designed to be functional at its core. There are many different ways to bring “Modern” style to life that still reflect your needs and taste in design trends. Read on for 7 modern home office design ideas we love, from big to small.

modern office1. Modern Rustic Office

This modern rustic office design has an earthy vibe with a warm, neutral palette to encourage focus and energy. The statement-on-statement rug and desk create an office space that’s bold and elegant. Overall the vibe is great for getting work done and hosting a small meeting or two throughout the day.

And we think that burl wood desk is to die for—check out the minimal shape/structure combined with luxe material. The woven credenza adds lots of storage and even more style and the leather armchairs are extra comfy and sure to impress any company you meet with.

2. Bright and Cheery Office

Offices don’t have to be dark and stuffy to ensure you have a productive day at work! This bright and cheery office has a modern design with a coastal undertone. The natural, light neutrals balance the room and lots of texture keeps it from looking too flat.

Plus, it has plants galore! This is great for offices as greenery inspires productivity and helps you feel calm and happy. The office also features lots of storage with a desk, bookcase and credenza. Overall, it features simple design trends for a fresh and inspiring space to work.

mid-century modern home office3. Modern and Bold Office

This home office space is designed to show off your tastes! The shelving unit is full of collected treasures, art and books, creating a dramatic look. The room features eclectic design trends but the overall style is cohesive and discerning.

We love the white Eames lounge chair—it makes a perfect mid-century modern reading nook in the corner. The dark wall color helps unify the space and keep it from feeling too cluttered. And the natural wood furniture warms up the modern office design and adds an earthy element, which helps to balance out the stark, modern vibe of other furniture pieces.

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4. Home Office For Two

This home office for two is a great layout if you co-run a business or both you and your partner work from home. It’s one of the best modern offices to make collaborating easy with this side-by-side desk vs. two separate desks.

And the swivel chairs make for easy collaboration—the adjustable height is perfect if you have multiple guests coming and going. The coordinated art helps unify design but still keeps each workspace unique and the graphic black and white scheme feels modern and inspiring.

5. The Work + Lounge Office Space

This stunning office design is a work/lounge combo (because breaks are important to staying productive). The space has plenty of comfortable seating options that encourage you to step away from the screen and chill out. The back wall features bookcases for displaying favorite treasures and books. And the bench and sofa offer two comfy spots to kick back and think, invite company to hang out on, or just take a break.

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6. Eclectic and Modern Workspace

This eclectic and modern home office makes the most of a room’s quirky features! The built-in nook in the back corner is the perfect place to snuggle in a desk and built-in shelves above it offer lots of extra storage space.

The chaise lounge makes a dreamy relaxation spot, which is great if you need to sneak in a power nap between work sessions. And we love the fresh and inspiring neutral color palette—it feels on-trend but won’t ever look dated.

7. Simple Styling Office Nook

Sometimes a simple space is all you need. This office has a straightforward desk and chair with no frills. The desk has a little bit of storage and the wall-mounted shelves keep essentials in reach.

You can prop a piece of art on your desk and tuck in a few accessories and plants to keep the space feeling like “you.” And the cowhide rug helps define the office “zone.” Even if you have a full room available, you can tuck an office like this into a living room or even create an office in your bedroom without taking up too much space.

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for this Industrial Modern Home Office

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.

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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.

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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.

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Inspire Productivity With These 8 Home Office Designs

home office ideasWelcome to the new year! And with another trip around the sun comes a myriad of goals we’d like to accomplish, both big and small! Whether you’re resolving to write a novel, get your taxes done early, learn how to code, or just pick up a fun hobby, you need a space that will help you reach those goals. Enter: 2020-ready home office designs!

Your home office interior design plays a big role in your productivity and energy—all things we need in spades to tackle 2020. Having a dedicated workspace will help get you in the right mindset to get things done. Because, while interior design can’t accomplish your goals for you, it can certainly help inspire you to take steps to get there!

But one of the greatest home office design myths is that you need an extra room in your house. Not true! You can create beautiful home office designs in any space and without a lot of square footage. While some homes have a dedicated room for you to create a home office, you can definitely create a workspace no matter the size of your home. Keep reading for eight home office designs and tips that will help inspire productivity in 2020!

home office designs1. Pick a Serene Color Palette

Color impacts our mindset and emotions in major ways. We especially like using color to our advantage when it comes to inspiring productivity in a home office! Consider which colors speak to you most and create a palette based on that. We love serene neutrals, which feel both cozy and uplifting. But dark shades can also create a cozy, enveloping vibe that may help you concentrate! Pick whatever makes you feel inspired and motivated. (And if you really like the color scheme and design featured here, check out the full Organic Modernism home tour!)

2. Max Out Storage

A calm and clean space leads to a calm and productive mind. Conversely, the easiest way to kill your productivity is by working in a room full of clutter! Set yourself up for success with some creative storage solutions in your home office design. Some of our favorites? Bookshelves with baskets and magazine holders for organization, cabinets and credenzas to hide clutter and organize files, and even floor baskets to keep cords and other larger items tucked away!

home office designs3. Make Use of Awkward Spaces

Don’t have a full room to dedicate to a home office? No problem. Simply make use of other spaces in your home! This office set-up is in a passthrough space between living and bedroom areas—a space that would otherwise go unused. A simple desk and chair, and a beautiful piece of wall art are all you need to transform this unused nook into a beautiful home office design. You could also consider tucking an office in your living room, a bedroom, or that awkward nook under the stairs.

4. Make it Multi-Purpose

Living in a small apartment? You don’t have to give up on the idea of a home office. Simply make your workspace serve multiple functions! This desk set-up in a studio apartment does just that—serving as an entryway, a small home office, and a vanity!

5. Get Creative With Your Layout

New layouts can unlock new ways of thinking, even in an old space! So, opt for a layout that will help get your creative juices flowing. For some, that’s creating a cozy, tucked away space. For others, it’s going for an executive-suite styled of office! If that’s your jam, consider floating your desk in the middle of the room. It will give you a new perspective on work and can help create energetic flow in the space. With this home office layout, we’re getting the best of both worlds—the ability to look out the window while you work and save wall space for some built-in storage!

Pro tip: This layout is particularly great if you work from a laptop, host meetings, or go old-school with pen and paper. It’s not great for large monitor set-ups, as the cords will be fully on display.

6. Tuck in a Study Spot

Even kids and teens need an office space sometimes! Set your kiddo up for scholastic success in 2020 with a home office space all their own! Tuck a desk at the foot of their bed, and pair it with a fun office chair. Or, if space is a bit tight, you could swap a nightstand for a desk and get both functions in one piece of furniture! Whichever office layout you go for, just remember to pick out desk accessories in their favorite colors and hang a bulletin board or fun artwork above their desk to personalize the space. This will keep them inspired and help encourage them to reach for their goals!

7. Work With What You’ve Got

Have some awkward architectural details in your home? We say, embrace what you’ve got. This office has both an awkward nook and built-in shelves. But we think it’s the perfect place to sneak in a desk and take advantage of built-in storage! Tucked next to a daybed, it also makes for the perfect multi-purpose space—a home office most days, and a guest bedroom when you need it!

home office designs8. Embrace a Bold Design for Bold Ideas

Do you work from home? Don’t work an eight-hour day in a sad office that lacks inspiration! Instead, turn your home office into a space you actually want to spend time in! This bold, chic office design is both cozy and cool — the perfect place to get productive. The sleek furniture balances out the bold, patterned rug and the simple design of the space will help minimize distractions. What results is a home office that offers some personality and is ripe for productivity!

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