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Two’s Company: Designing a Shared Home Office for Two

If you’re working from home, and there’s also someone else under the same roof working from home, setting up workspaces can be…challenging. Whether it’s a partner or a roommate, setting up a shared home office requires a great deal of creativity—especially if you don’t have room for two totally different workspaces.

Today, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite home office ideas. We’re unpacking various ways to create a shared home office, from home office design ideas to our favorite home office layout ideas and design approaches, along with hard-working furniture to add into your space.

Sharing Is Caring

In this shared home office design, there’s space for two people, but each person has their own zoned space. Having the two desks back-to-back rather than facing each other adds a layer of separation—but in a way that still makes it easy to collaborate or chat throughout the day, simply by spinning around in your swivel chair. A full wall of open shelving means there’s enough space for two people’s stuff, where each person can showcase their own books and decor. Though, with shelving that spans a whole wall, it’s nice if there’s some style overlap or a shared style so the shelf styling doesn’t feel too eclectic.

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Wide Open Spaces

This is a dream home office scenario. If you have a large, open space that you’re able to repurpose into a shared home office design—whether a finished garage, a family room, or a large spare bedroom—consider this approach. Since you have space to spread out, put each desk against a different wall, and separate them with some shelving so that each person feels like they have their own zone.

But anchor the space with a table in the center of the room to give you a common area. This is the perfect place to collaborate on a project, enjoy some mid-morning coffee, or even set your kids up with an art project as you finish your daily video calls. And adding a rug beneath the table and a pendant light above it is a great way to make this a destination in the room rather than just a random floating table. Since this space is so large, we also painted an accent wall to help make it feel more dramatic, purposeful and designed.

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Small Space, Big Style

If you’re looking for small home office design ideas, consider this approach. This shared home office design takes the idea from the previous office but is significantly pared down. This home office is small—closer to the size of a small spare bedroom—but it’s designed with the same logic. You have two desks on perpendicular walls, with a piece of large-scale art between them to give a moment of visual pause to separate the two workspaces, rather than just having one work surface lead to the next.

Wall-mounted bookshelves are great for a space that’s more long and narrow. They give you storage space and help make the most of the square footage while giving you peace of mind knowing the shelves are secured against the wall.

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Modern Modalities

Had to convert your dining room into a shared home office? Embrace it! This design offers a fun way for two people to work together on one table. This dining room table is actually an oval, not round—which is a great shape for a shared workspace, as it helps you designate your two spaces and gives you more surface area than a round or rectangular table. And a pedestal base will give you both more leg room!

Adding in open shelving gives you office storage and organization space—along with surface area to showcase personal and collected objects. The addition of shelves will also make this more of a distinct office space rather than it constantly feeling like a dining room in limbo.

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(Leg) Room For Two

If you have to establish a home office in the living room, this design is worth considering. Rather than two separate desks, you again have a shared table—but in a totally different style than the previous home office. Placing a rectangular table against the wall gives you more space in the center of the room. And opting for an extra-long table like this one means you each have enough space to spread out—including enough leg room.

Hanging artwork above the length of the table and making sure your desk and chairs coordinate with the overall style of the rest of the space will make your workspace feel both district within the room and cohesive with the space.

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What Dreams Are Made Of

Can you say shared home office #goals? This space is a shared home office dream scenario. To begin with, you each have your own zone, with a half of the room to yourself. But then there’s a common space with the daybed sofa, which helps ground the space and offers additional seating. (Opting for a daybed also allows this space to double as a guest room.)

We love that this room is curated with the same design principles and styles throughout, but that each workspace has its own personality. On the right, the desk is mid-century, on the left it’s more industrial and transitional—but since they have the same finish and are both no-frills styles, they work together seamlessly.

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Everyday I’m Side-Hustling

With a drafting table on the left and a more traditional desk on the right, this set-up is perfect for one perfect who has a full-time job and a side hustle and has to constantly switch gears. But it’s also a great shared home office design. The table on the left allows for one person to work on either side, but the secondary desk allows for one of you to shift to a separate workstation when your tasks for the day demand something different.

Having that extra work surface is also good if you have kids who frequent your home office, as the left-hand desk gives them a surface to draw or play as you work! This is definitely a home office design that’s flexible and reflective of the realities and needs of the everyday.

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Room To Grow

If you’re growing a small business from your home office—whether it’s just you or you have a small team that’s also working from your house—this is a great set-up to consider. It’s great for a collaborative workspace and for hosting client meetings.

While the layout is reminiscent of a traditional conference room, the style is anything but boring. It has a contemporary industrial style, with a hint of glam coming through in the chairs, and the funky bookcases add some visual intrigue. The glass tabletop is also durable and surprisingly easy to clean—just bust out the Windex! But, when designing this type of shared workspace with a large, rectangular table, symmetry is important. Because of this, we opted for matching chairs all around and bookcases flanking the window.

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A Coordinated Effort

This shared home office office design is a great approach to consider if you already had a home office set-up but now need to make space for two of you. This wall-mounted desk and shelving unit is clearly the anchor of the space, and offers plenty of space for storage and organization. Floating the second desk at an angle in the middle of the space may seem odd—but it actually works in this type of set-up, with the other desk against the wall.

Opting for matching desk chairs and a secondary desk in white to coordinate with the existing workspace makes this set-up feel intentional rather than an afterthought. Keeping the overall color palette black and white also helps the space maintain a sense of unity.

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Stunning Symmetry

This two-person workspace is a long, symmetrical set-up featuring two matching desks placed side-by-side with a common storage unit in the middle. This is an ideal layout for when you have another purpose for a room, as a whole wall designated to a workspace, but the other side of the room is wide open and could feature a guest bed or seating area.

The two pieces of coordinating wall art solidify that this is two workspaces within one room and create distinct zones despite the desks being side by side. A large area rug in the center—even in a room that is carpeted—helps connect the two halves of the room together and creates a central focal point for the space.

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Modsy “Must-Haves” For a Productive Home Office Design

After a few months of working from home with no end in sight, we’ve pretty much worked from every place imaginable in our home, from our couch to our dining table to our beds. If that sounds familiar, it might be time to invest in a more permanent home office.

When it comes to designing a workspace in the home, having foundational furniture that serves your needs is essential. That means prioritizing practicality with your furniture picks, like a comfy desk chair that also has a swivel base and open bookshelves that are tall but slender. Additionally, you’ll get more mileage out of a functional office desk that gives you lots of surface space and storage than a super-stylish one that only has enough room for you to prop up your laptop. Then, once you’ve landed on your main pieces, you can layer in art, decor, and accents to liven up your office. The goal is to create a home office that’s both comfortable and inspires you to do your best work.

If you’re not sure where to start, read on for our list of home office furniture must-haves. And don’t forget to hop over to our gallery for more home office inspiration!

The Right Desk

It’s the most obvious furniture piece in every home office, but what’s important is finding one that’s right for you. While there’s no shortage of great desks for offices to choose from, you want one that has the best size, shape, and storage for your needs. Do you need a large desk for a monitor and keyboard? Or will a small writing desk for a laptop be enough? Or is one with drawers and built-in cubbies ideal? Focusing on these key factors will help you narrow down your options.

It’s a “must-have” because…

As WFH stretches on, some companies will likely consider getting rid of offices altogether, so  it’s time to make the move from your dining table to a real desk.

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A Comfortable Desk Chair

After months of WFH, you might have found that a dining chair (or your couch) just isn’t cutting it as a desk chair for eight-hour work days. Just like desks, comfy office chairs are a dime a dozen, so you want to find one that provides the right support for you. Some key things to consider might be whether you want one that swivels or one with casters. Maybe you prefer a chair without armrests. It’s all about whatever gives you the most comfort.

It’s a “must-have” because…

In any home office, this is the furniture piece that needs to work for your body and support you for hours on end. So it’s worth investing in a good one.

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Filing Cabinet

Filing cabinets aren’t what you would call stylish home office furniture, but what it lacks in looks it more than makes up for in functional storage. If you don’t have tons of files and paperwork to stow away, you can still use it for books, electronics, stationery, and other office supplies. Consider one with wheels that’s easy to move around.

It’s a “must-have” because…

This is a highly practical storage piece that goes with any style of office furniture. A filing cabinet is also compact, so it can fit into virtually any size home office.

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Open Bookcases

Speaking of storage, a stylish alternative are tall open bookcases. We like to think of bookcases as a furniture staple in every home office because it provides tons of storage for books and decor, and it makes use of vertical space instead of floor space. Consider if an open bookcase is right for you or if a lower-maintenance credenza would be more suitable for your space.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Open bookcases are super versatile and they can be used in almost any room and go with any style home office furniture. You can easily repurpose them for your living or dining room later on.

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Analogue Clock

Once you have your big office furniture pieces, turn your attention to the smaller accents. Try adding an old school analogue clock to track time and help you stay focused. Studies have shown that checking the time on your phone can be dangerously distracting, so a clock can keep you from falling into an endless scroll. In addition to that, a clock can also add a vintage decor element to your home office.

It’s a “must-have” because…

It’s both functional and stylish, and the old-school element of a clock will blend seamlessly with modern and traditional furniture and accents alike.

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Small Organization Solutions

Aside from big office furniture pieces we also love baskets, bins, and consoles to help corral clutter. After all, your home office and the furniture you pick is only stylish if your space is also clutter-free. Take a cue from this console setup that’s perfect for a printer on top and boxes and baskets for cords and other knick knacks on the bottom..

It’s a “must-have” because…

More organization equals more order, which leads to a productive and inspiring workspace, especially if you’re outfitting a small home office space.

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Task Lighting

No matter the size of your home office space and style of furniture, ample lighting is key. In addition to overhead fixtures, also incorporate a task lamp on your desk that gives you good lighting during those late-night work sessions.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Evenly dispersed lighting will ensure your space is always well-lit. If you can, try to have a combination of table lamp, floor lamp, and overhead lighting.

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A Soothing Color Palette

You want to set the mood in your home office space with colors that motivate you to do your best work. A foolproof approach is to lean into soothing hues, like soft blues, crisp whites, textural neutrals and calming greens, which are also colors that work with virtually any style furniture. It’s all about whatever colors get you in the zone, so there’s no right or wrong here. Check out our guide to the best home office color schemes for a helpful place to start.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Colors that appeal to you will go a long way in helping you stay focused. Think about color pairings and combinations that will inspire productivity for you.

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Inspirational Art

Next up: Add inspiring artwork that you’ll enjoy looking at besides your computer screen, be it a landscape painting, an abstract print or a collection of family photos. The best part about captivating art is that it instantly livens up your office, filling out the wall space around your furniture pieces and giving the room a stylish focal point.

It’s a “must-have” because…

An inspiring artwork is what will truly bring your home office to life. It’s what personalizes your space and makes it feel truly yours.

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A Place To Take Breaks

We’re firm believers that taking breaks is important for productivity. So if you have the room, pull in additional furniture for the office and create a place where you can take a mental breather whenever you need one. This can be a reading nook with an armchair or a modern daybed that’s made for relaxing. Just be sure that it complements the rest of your home office furniture.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Your office shouldn’t be all work and no fun. Design your workspace as you would your bedroom, with furniture that’s comfortable and inviting. Then come up with a functional layout that works for you, like a play area if you have kids and want to keep an eye on them during the day.

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Plenty of Plants

We’ll say it one more time for the people in the back—plants make people happy! Some lush greenery always brings life and vibrancy to a home office, whether it’s a leafy tree, a hanging plant, or tiny potted succulents. We especially love plants with modern white furniture, but you can layer in greenery with any style home office furniture, naturally.

It’s a “must-have” because…

Plants can boost your mood (and your productivity). By adding a few of these photosynthesizing friends to your workspace, you’ll lift the ambiance and also freshen up the air in your workspace.

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April Edit: Best Home Office Designs of the Month

Home is where the heart is. But these days, it’s also where your desk, your conference room, work materials, and your brainstorming space are! More and more of us are coming up with inventive home office ideas that give us a comfortable space to work while we quarantine inside. (Check out this Guide to Staying In if you’re going a little stir crazy at home alone.)

It’s no stretch to say it’s more important now to create a work space where you feel inspired and full of ideas. Whether that means a contemporary home office with tons of natural light, a tiny nook for a work desk in the stairwell, or an office space in a corner of the bedroom, there are plenty of ways to make sure you have a home office where you can find a quiet space to work.

Whether you have had a dedicated office space in your house for ages or you’re newly in need of a work space at home due to shelter-in-place, you’re probably noticing that at home office ideas are becoming more the rule than the norm! And if you are finding it hard to concentrate while working remotely, check out these tips to make working from home more productive! Once you get into the groove, it’s great to have a dedicated work space in your house. It’s also fun to come up with design ideas for your ideal home office. If you’re in need of a desk or work space at home some, check out some of our favorite home offices of the month!

home office designsCoastal Office Nook

This cozy little work space is a great solution for those in need of home office design ideas but lacking the space for a dedicated office. It makes clever use of the quirky layout in a nook/closet space—one of our favorite small space hacks for a home office design. The design is pure coastal style, a great choice for a cozy nook and also one of the best ways to put an office in the bedroom! It uses a classic color palette and is simple but full of personality with cute, artsy decor.

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home office designsMid-Century Modern Home Office

We are super into this handsome mid-century modern home office. The office design features a desk and storage tucked into the alcove and the daybed lounge offers plenty of space to stretch out and daydream. The C-side table snuggled up by the daybed adds an additional work surface and the layered rugs add extra coziness and a tucked-in feel. The neutral color scheme creates cohesiveness and pulls all of the office furniture together.

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home office designsWork In Industrial Rustic Style

This Industrial style home office design is one of our favorite ideas for fitting a desk into an open workspace. The sleek bookcase offers plenty of storage and it’s also featherlight so it doesn’t add visual weight to the room (a great idea for small home office designs). There’s a comfy spot to relax/read in the industrial armchair when you need a break from sitting at the desk. And the dark walls give it a moody, serious look—great for staying focused and honing in on your work! The minimal styling has a practical touch and the rug adds a pop of personality so the space doesn’t feel too dark.

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home office designsEasy Breezy Mid-Century Office

We love this beautiful mid-century modern home office design! It’s one of our favorite design ideas for a serene, focused space. The desk against the wall tucks you into the work space—a great layout for an office within another room or small space. The black and white gallery wall adds a focal point for the office and tons of visual interest and personality. And the cool, neutral color palette gets extra warmth with the wood tone desk and lush green plants.

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home office designsGet In The Retro Zone

The best home office ideas are both practical and stylish, like this swanky mid-century modern office that oozes with sophistication! The beautiful mid-century desk has a large surface area for getting work done, as well as large drawers for storage. The credenza nearby offers additional surface space and storage so you never have to worry about a cluttered home office space. Like most mid-century modern design ideas, the look is warm and inviting with honey-colored wood tones. This is a great option for anyone who loves a classic mid-century modern space!

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home office designsEarth Toned Workspace

Mid-century forms take center stage in this funky home office design! This is one of the best home office ideas for anyone who is crazy about iconic MCM touches –  like tapered legs, streamlined forms and soft curves! It’s also perfect if you love a home office that feels like your living room! The cozy setup has both a reading chair and extra storage so you can kick back and relax in a tidy and inspirational space. Glam textures on console, velvet chair, and brass decor give it a little extra pizzazz and the bright and cheery plants add an organic touch.

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home office designsEdgy Industrial Vibes

This simple but efficient desk setup has all the office furniture you need for a proper workspace at home. You can turn around to have additional surface space as needed, and the credenza doubles as extra storage! The neutral color palette features pops of black for an edgy, industrial touch, and pairing brass and leather together against the minimal edges of the desk helps the space feel more inviting.

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home office designsEarthy, Chic Home Office

This mid-century modern work space is one of our favorite home office ideas because it incorporates lots of decorative but functional furniture! The slim desk has plenty of surface area for work, and the window bench and cozy reading nook in the corner add extra seating options in your work space. Added home office inspiration: Layering a sheepskin rug on a soft yellow geometric print adds depth and a touch of glam and the camel leather and honey woods warm up the room.

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home office designsOrganic Minimalist Office

This cool, contemplative home office design sticks to the basics for an ultra serene study space. It features light and bright neutrals with maple woods for an extra rejuvenating and fresh look. The office space still gets warmth from the rich wood tones and creamy neutrals. Wide open home office layout ideas like this are good for focus—there’s no room for any distractions to hide in this office design. The home office features minimal decor, but the intentional pieces on the desk and bookcase definitely add a stylish touch.

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home office designsThe Less-Is-More Workspace

This minimal style desk features a simple stool as a chair and low furniture so the beautiful view out the window remains unobstructed. The desk has the look of a console table and, paired with the stool, all the office furniture very much blends into the subdued earth tones of this home office design. This is a great way to have a desk with natural light in a small place where you don’t have room for a dedicated home office! You can set this up in a living room, entryway, hallway, or any small nook at home.

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home office designsSmall Space Working

Mid-century modern and minimalist style make a great pair when it comes to a work space. And we love a high top desk like this for Home office designs. It offers a streamlined working desk with room for storage underneath—and the elevated perch gives you a bright vantage point in a small space or apartment. The mounted bookcase adds tons of extra storage with taking up too much space. And the design is colorful but calming, with lots of blues, whites and textures from the plants to give the room personality. This is also one of the best home office ideas for a walk-through space!

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home office designsClassic Modernist Home Office

If you love home office ideas that are pared down to the bare essentials but don’t want to sacrifice on style, this cool, moody work space might be just right for you! It has classic touches, like the antique white desk, along with minimal decor and streamlined furniture. The whole design is focused on the desk against the dark wall—a super dramatic and stylish aesthetic. This is a great design for a small space, too—it would make a great home office in the living room. The only downside is that it doesn’t offer much room for storage.

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Get Productive in Rustic Style

We can’t get enough of rustic design when it comes to home office ideas. This look features weathered woods and natural materials for a more formal office setup that’s still super homey and comfortable. There’s lots of hidden and open storage and plenty of greenery as decor to help liven up the neutral color scheme. And we love the look of the antique white wood desk on the patterned, cream-colored rug.

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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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