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Stylist Picks: 14 Best Home Office Desks for Working From Home

Raise your hand if you’ve been unexpectedly working from home for months now! If that’s you, you may not have had a separate home office set-up prior to all of this. And right about now, you’re probably hitting a tipping point where bouncing between your dining room table and the sofa is no longer working as your makeshift office.

Well, we say it’s time to invest in an office desk. So, we rounded up our best home office desks, with a variety of design styles in mind. So, whether you just need to spruce up an existing workspace, are turning your guest room into an office, or are squeezing a desk into another room in the house, we have you covered with desks in a range of styles, sizes, and budgets. Keep reading to feast your eyes on some stylish desks and get some great home office design ideas, too!

Caldwell 5-Drawer Desk, Jofran

The Style: Rustic

This weathered wood computer desk is designed in a classic style—giving your office a timeless look. And, if you want extra storage in your workspace, Jofran makes a matching cabinet!

Why We Love It:

We love the timeless rustic aesthetic of this distressed, rustic wood desk. It offers plenty of storage with its five drawers and gives you plenty of space to spread out on top. It’s perfect for a rustic, traditional, or coastal-style home office. This is a great price for a solid, sturdy desk that will last for years.

Price: $593

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best home office desksDahlia Marble Desk, CB2

The Style: Glam

This office desk is the embodiment of glam style, with its marble top and brass frame. It pairs beautifully with these brass and glass bookcases and this glam velvet and brass desk chair.

Why We Love It:

We love that this desk makes a style statement—and in a glam-style room, that’s exactly what we’re looking for. The combination of marble and brass is trendy and gives a clean, chic look to your workspace. We also love the open and airy design, which is perfect for small spaces. This desk isn’t cheap—but with its solid construction and materials, it also doesn’t look or feel cheap.

Price: $699

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best home office desksAnthea Writing Desk, Beldan Lane

The Style: Mid-Century Modern

This white mid-century modern style desk has a clean-lined silhouette that gives a crisp and cool look to your home office. Pairing it with a mid-century style chair really drives home the look. And, with its white lacquered top, it also has a splash of glam.

Why We Love It:

We love the classic mid-century modern shape of this desk, with its light and airy design and tapered legs. And, despite its sleek silhouette, it still has three drawers for storage, which is a great add. This desk is a great mid-price point for a stylish mid-century modern desk.

Price: $399

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best home office desksPrinter’s 64” Writing Desk, Pottery Barn

The Style: Classic and Traditional

This timeless black desk gives a classic vibe to your home office. But, since it’s a writer’s desk style versus a more executive-style desk, it gives a lighter, more sleek feel to your space.

Why We Love It:

We love how, though this desk is crafted in a classic design, it’s very versatile. So, yes, it can go in a classically formal space, but it’s also just at home in a traditional or rustic-style home office. The dark finish is handsome and makes it stand out—especially against an otherwise light neutral space. The drawer is perfect for essential supplies, and since it has a drop-down front it’s also a great place to stash your keyboard. This desk is an investment, but it’s one that won’t go out of style.

Price: $799

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best home office desksPhoenix Rustic Work Table 72”, Crate & Barrel

The Style: Modern Rustic

This long and narrow desk is a rustic industrial dream come true. And, handcrafted from reclaimed Brazillian telephone poles at a small factory in Puebla, Mexico, it’s both sustainable and unique.

Why We Love It:

We love that the dimensions of this desk make it super versatile. It’s a great oversized desk option for one person, but can also easily accommodate two workspaces—perfect for two people collaborating or coworking. And, because of its narrow but substantial surface space, it can fit in unexpectedly small spaces or be repurposed as a console in the future! This desk is definitely an investment piece, but it’s a solid piece that will last years to come. (And, since it’s big enough for two workstations, just think of it as getting two desks at that price point!)

Price: $1699

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best home office desksNacelle Desk, Jofran

The Style: Reclaimed Visionary

The rustic wood finish of this computer desk creates a bold statement in an otherwise contemporary home office. But, despite the distressed finish, it’s sleek form gives it a modern edge.

Why We Love It:

We love that this desk provides closed storage with drawers along with an open shelf (perfect for a printer, a stack of books, or a file box. It’s a sturdy desk that’s very practical but also offers a good dose of style. The metal and wood blend is versatile, perfect for rustic, industrial, or contemporary spaces.

Price: $584

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best home office desksIndustrial Storage Modular Desk, West Elm

The Style: Inviting Industrial

This corner desk features a blend of rustic, industrial, and transitional styles. And, as you can see, it’s not just a desk; attached to the workspace are a file cabinet and a low bookcase.

Why We Love It:

We love that this corner desk utilizes an office corner for maximum surface space. It’s so practical, with its loads of open storage—both in shelving through closed-drawer and hanging file storage. And the rustic, light wood finish gives it a super stylish look. This corner desk is a great investment piece—and when you consider that you essentially get three pieces of furniture in one, the price really isn’t bad!

Price: $1599

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best home office desksDonald Desk, Luna Modern

The Style: Contemporary Chic

Do you love the look of contemporary desks? This white writing desk is full of sleek, chic style. It feels open and airy with it’s simple shape, clean lines, and lacquered finish—letting you keep your work front and center.

Why We Love It:

We love how versatile this desk is. It can suit so many styles, from modern and glam to mid-century, contemporary, or minimal! Not only that, but its versatility continues in use cases, as it could easily be converted to or double as a vanity or console table. Bonus: it has hidden storage, with two flush drawers to stash office supplies and snacks.

Price: $421

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best home office desksFallow Desk, Luna Modern

The Style: Mid-Century Modern

This mid-century modern desk features a walnut finish with tapered legs, giving it a sleek and simple shape that will be at home in any corner of your home, even if you don’t have space for a separate office!

Why We Love It:

We love that this office desk has built-in compartments for organization. So, bills, papers, pens, and other desk supplies all have their dedicated place! And, of course, the classic mid-century modern shape adds a stylish flair to your space. It’s the perfect writing desk for a small space.

Price: $494

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best home office desksWall-Leaning Bookcase, Cooper Furniture

The Style: Contemporary Minimalist

This wall-leaning, ladder-style desk features contemporary minimalist style with a very small footprint. So, if you’re in need of some small home office design tips, definitely keep this piece in mind!

Why We Love It:

We love the sleek and minimal form of this desk. It’s the perfect style for placing in the corner of a room, if you need to create a home office in your living room or bedroom. And with a rich cappuccino finish, it looks very sophisticated indeed. But it’s also highly practical. It utilizes vertical space rather than horizontal—one of our favorite small space hacks—and has a drawer and shelves that give you plenty of storage and organization space! And it’s a steal for a multifunctional desk!

Price: $199

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best home office desksGloria Desk, Jofran

The Style: Vintage Farmhouse

This weathered wood writing desk has rustic vibes, but in a traditional shape and style. It adds simple timelessness and functionality to any space.

Why We Love It:

We love the no-fuss design of this desk, with its simple and classic lines—and how the weathered wood adds so much character and charm. It’s smaller than some of the writing desks featured in this post, but it still has two storage drawers, which we love. Perfect for tucking into a corner or alcove in your bedroom or if you want to create a home office in a guest room.

Price: $269

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best home office desksAuburn C-Shape Bar Table, Skylr

The Style: Modern

This simple and sleek, parsons-style bar-height table has distinctly urban vibes. And, while it’s actually designed as a bar table, we love it as a standing desk for small spaces. It’s height allows you to stash storage, like a filing cabinet, underneath, while adding shelves above offers extra storage.

Why We Love It:

We love the versatility of this desk—which can be paired with a bar stool or chair, or can be used as a standing desk. And, aside from that versatility, it can also be repurposed as a high-top dining table, as there’s room for two seats on each side.

Price: $898

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best home office desksQuenby Writing Desk, Beldan Lane

The Style: Modern Rustic

This modern rustic writing desk is super sleek, with its thin metal frame and legs, contrasting with the rustic body. It may be minimalist in style, but it commands the respect of timeless design.

Why We Love It:

We love this desk’s unexpected and striking take on modern rustic. But that’s not all. We also love that it doesn’t take up a ton of square footage but still has storage drawers for stashing office supplies and power cords. Aside from a modern rustic space, it pairs perfectly with industrial, rustic, and mid-century modern styles.

Price: $599

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best home office desksCabin Desk, Cooper Furniture

The Style: Atomic Industrial

Looking for one of our best home office desks in terms of small footprint and price? This is it. This modern rustic desk is simple and sleek—perfect if you don’t have much space to dedicate to an office!

Why We Love It:

We love that this office desk doesn’t take up much space. And not only does it have a small footprint, but it just feels more open and airy than other desks because of its hairpin metal legs. It gives you just what you need—a working surface—with none of the extra bells and whistles, making it perfect for the minimalists out there. All that, plus it’s at a great price point!

Price: $169

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10 Ways to Make a Home Office in Your Living Room

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What a time this is for us all. In light of current world events surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many people are faced with the new reality of working from home. Working from home isn’t a new phenomenon, but with so many people taking measures to practice social distancing, it has definitely become a new part of many people’s lives.

And with many families also facing the new reality of homeschooling kids, our homes now need to function in many different ways, all at the same time.

And if you’re one of the many people able to work from home during these unprecedented times, you might find yourself in need of some home office ideas. But not everyone has a spare room that they can dedicate to a workspace. If you’ve been clocking in from your sofa, consider incorporating an office space of some sort into your living room.

To help inspire you, we’ve rounded up 10 clever ways to design a home office in your living room. Have another clever idea for creating an impromptu workspace? Tell us in the comments!

home office in living room1. Place Your Desk Behind The Sofa

Putting a desk behind your sofa is a great option if you have an open floor plan where your sofa “floats” in the middle of your room. Instead of using that space for a console table, bench, or nothing at all, have your sofa’s back and use that empty space as a home office set-up.

This is also an easy way to work in a homework station for kids, especially now that many families are working and schooling from home.

home office in living room2. Make the Most of an Unused Nook

Ever heard of the “Cloffice?” With whole households working from home, many people are turning to their closets as impromptu office spaces. You can use your closet as a quiet space to take a call, a place to take a few breaths, or even a full-fledged workspace if needed.

Here we transformed an unused nook area into a mini office set up. This is a clever hack that you can use in any awkward nook, corner, or closet in your home. Just add a desk or table, a chair, and ample lighting and you’ve got a simple office arrangement that will blend in seamlessly with your living room while taking up little space overall.

home office in living room3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

If you don’t need a large office set-up, consider tucking a small desk or even a cocktail table into an unused corner. This will give you an easy dedicated place to set up your laptop and get to work that isn’t the sofa.

This is a great option for busy living spaces or family rooms. You can use it as a designated homework zone for kids or set up close by to keep an eye on the action while still having a place to focus.

home office in living room4. Put Built-Ins to Work

If your living space has built-ins, consider incorporating a home office into that set-up. Consider skipping the cupboards in one of the units and install a desk instead. You could even place a desk in front of the built-ins in a pinch and use the shelving space above for extra office organization.

home office in living room5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

Try designing a compact office in your living room’s forgotten spaces. This could be anything from an unused corner or the space next to your sofa. The areas, which often go unused, make great spots to sneak in a workspace.

If you have a side table there currently, consider swapping it out and using that space for a desk instead. This is a great hack because you can still use the desk as a table when you’re not working, so it won’t be as disruptive to your living room’s regular functions.

home office in living room6. Make an Office Work With Your Layout

Small space or apartment living often means making the most of your limited square footage. But this can also be true of any multi-purpose space—like a living room that doubles as a home office.

Consider incorporating an office into your main seating area by pulling a desk into your current layout to a seamless live/work space. Here we placed a desk between two bookcases (normally where the credenza or TV stand would go). This preserves the current layout, adds a home office, and can still function as a stand for TV viewing when you’re ready to clock out for the day.

home office in living room8. Sneak a Desk Into a Pass-Through Space

If you have an open living space, chances are there are walls or pass-through spaces that are going under-utilized. Put these passageways to work by placing a desk there!

Try one with wall-mounted bookcases to increase your storage space as well as adding a workstation. This is also a great way to get the function of built-ins if your space doesn’t have any.

home office in living room9. Optimize Shelving As a Working Spot

If you’re particularly tight on space, skip the hassle of making room for a full desk. A compact wall shelving unit works as both a laptop workstation, a side table, and a bookcase—a triple threat!

Pull up a chair and fill your shelves with books and office materials and you’ll have an organized space that’s stylish and functional both when it’s in-use and not.

home office in living room10. Put The Space Under Your Stairs to Work

Got an open staircase? Put that awkward wedge of space to use as a home office! This is a great way to increase your home’s functionality without taking up any extra square footage (as this is a space that would likely otherwise go unused).

Place your desk on the farthest side and work additional storage under the lower clearance. You can also use this as a semi-secluded study spot for kids who are schooling from home.

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These Cozy Home Offices Are Ready For Your Winter ‘Work From Home’ Days

cozy home office ideasWinter is just around the corner. And for many of us that means there are also plenty of snow days on the horizon! If that sounds familiar to you, then you’re probably gearing up your home office for some WFH days. And if you’re in a snow-free zone, you’re likely still finding yourself working from home a tad more during this busy time of year.

Either way, working from home can be a challenge, regardless of the season, if your home office isn’t set up to inspire you to do your best work. Make the days cooped up more productive with a home office you love spending time in. Keeping the coming winter months in mind, cozying up your home (and office) is essential. To inspire and help you with an instant winter update, here are three home office ideas for a cozy and productive workspace.

chic home office ideasHome Office Idea #1: The Chic Retreat

Traditional with a touch of glam, this office is equal parts practical and inspiring. The dark walls give it a moody vibe, while the crisp notes of white help to brighten it up. To offset the high-contrast palette, a traditional warm-hued rug provides a colorful counterpoint and adds to the cozy atmosphere. HEre’s how to get the look of this chic home office idea.

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chic home office ideasThe Essentials:

Dark walls. Be it black, slate grey, or charcoal, dark-painted walls in the home office are far from oppressive. They can add a sophisticated and cozy vibe and amplify natural light streaming into the room.

Tailored designs. Think beyond style and focus on mixing in furniture and accents with bold clean lines. Here, the clean-lined desk and chair and minimal light fixtures with an industrial-chic vibe do it just right.

A luxurious patterned rug. Pick one with a warm palette for a foundation that cozies up the room from the ground up with color and contrast.

Gold and Lucite accents. Accents in these materials will elevate and bring an inspiring, luxe touch to an otherwise practical workspace.

Light fabrics. The best way to offset a dark room is to bring in furnishings in light fabrics, so whether it’s a white office chair, a soft throw, or black-and-white photos, add them into your home office decor. It will open up the room that much more.

This is great if you want…

A cozy home office that feels like a library and den. Everything is stylishly streamlined to help you focus but it’s also visually soothing when you need a quick work break.

cozy home office ideasHome Office Idea #2: The Hygge Hideaway

Inspired by the Scandinavian winter tradition of hygge, which embraces the beauty of coziness and pared-down simplicity, this home office idea combines warmth and minimal designs with lots of cozy layers and textures.

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cozy home office ideasThe Essentials:

Crisp, white walls. Lighten and brighten is a common theme in hygge, so interiors that capture this notion often have airy white walls. Start here as the foundation for your home office cocoon!

Minimalist designs. From white furniture to midcentury-style pieces, stay true to the theme with Scandinavian-inspired furnishings. Look for slender forms and open bases, which will further add to the overall minimalist vibe.

Warm neutrals and light wood. To keep the white walls from appearing too stark, mix in accents and touches of warm neutrals, such as a beige rug and a foggy-gray sheepskin, which make for cozy foundations. You’ll also want to keep to raw and light-hued woods when it comes to furnishings, which will pair perfectly with the white walls.

Natural textures. In line with hygge’s appreciation for all things nature, accents in natural materials are a definite must. Think woven baskets and rope planters and raw wood picture frames, all of which provide a sense of warm comfort.

Plenty of plants. You can’t have a space that embraces hygge fully without some vibrant greenery and plants! It’ll bring a lively atmosphere to your workspace.

This is great if you want…

A calming workspace that feels like an escape from the rest of your home. Here, it’s all about an uncluttered home office that inspires clear thinking, productive work, and creative ideas.

eclectic home office ideasIdea #3: The Eclectic Escape

Modern and eclectic, this home office space puts inspiration first and is all about letting your creativity and personality come out. It’s fun, it’s artsy, and it’s got a little edge. If you’re more productive when you have lots of things going on at once, this home office approach is all about keeping you stimulated and busy!

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eclectic home office ideasThe Essentials:

Bold-colored walls. Instead of high-contrast wall colors, like black or white, paint your home office in a color that reflects your personal style and aesthetic. Be it a deep green or a calming blue, it’s about what inspires you or sets your mind at ease when you work.

Modern designs. It’s all about an eclectic furniture mix here, with a combination of modern designs and eclectic accents. Consider pieces that have a mid-century slant, like a bold clean-lined desk and a curvy chair with splayed legs.

Gallery wall. Turn a wall into an inspiration board of your favorite artworks. Mix together prints and paintings you love along with photographs, both professional and personal. Think of this as the main visual showcase of your personality and style.

Earthy materials. Wood, leather, metal, marble… the eclectic home office look here combines a mix of these materials that lend a sumptuous and earthy note. Try mixing them in with small accents made of these materials to start.

Patterns! The eclectic home office all about color and pattern. Don’t be afraid to throw an abstract or geometric rug into the mix. It’ll punch up your gallery wall of eclectic art.

This is great if you want…

A space that shows off your unique personality and is all about the mix. Nothing says cozy like a space that’s personal and feels 100% you, so bring in objects and items that inspire you!

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Simple Home Office Ideas For A Productive Work Space

Modern home office ideasEven if you don’t work from home, having a dedicated office area is a great way to bring a little function and inspiration into your space. You can use it as a place to check email, sort through snail mail, or even turn it into a creative workstation. In short, you can create an office space in your home that’s both practical and pretty.

But with so many options for furniture out there, designing a home office can quickly become more work that it’s worth. Do you go with a classic desk chair with casters or one that has a more clean-lined mid-century-inspired look? Should you opt for an open bookshelf or is a cabinet with doors better?

To help you get started, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up some clever home office ideas. Get ready to create a chic and productive space that inspires you to do your best work. Read on for our tips and find out how you can bring each of the looks home!

Rustic home office ideasWork In Comfort

A little rustic and a lot warm and cozy – this office space is all about comfy elements and natural textures. The wood desk and oversized traditional rug sets a warm foundation, while a leather bench, steamer trunk, and nailhead-trimmed wing chair add a layer of vintage elegance.

Consider this approach if you want a slightly more grown-up look with elevated touches that don’t feel stuffy. Case in point: The woven desk chair that’s been modernized with casters for easy movement.

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If you work from home full-time, this look has both function and comfort. Start with a hefty wooden desk (even better if it has built-in storage) to anchor the space. Then, add in the other cozy and rustic pieces as you go!

Boho home office ideasMake It Mid-Century

The great thing about a mid-century-style desk is that it provides a touch of rustic beauty as well as sleek style. It has just enough functional storage that doesn’t overwhelm a room, and it has an open base that keeps things looking and feeling airy.

You’ll want to look for other furnishings that have a similar light, open aesthetic, like the slim-framed desk chair, the open-base bench, and simple bookshelf.

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If you only work from home once in awhile, this streamlined and functional approach is right up your alley. Add in art and accents in a desert palette to warm up the mid-century lines.

Modern home office ideasBring In Chic Style

If you love mid-century style but prefer a more minimal vibe with a little polish, this is the look for you.

Keep to light, natural woods (peek our desk, shelving, and chair legs) and brass and gold accents (note the side table, wastebasket, and art frames). Think of it as Mad Men style but not too over-the-top.

To open your space even more, pull in a floor-to-ceiling mirror as a way to reflect light and make the room feel larger than it looks.

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If you have a spare or guest room, consider working this setup into your room as a makeshift office. Just as you would accent a guest room, hang a few colorful large artworks to add a sophisticated note.

Mid-century home office ideasStay Minimal

We like to think of this super modern, slightly eclectic office as the perfect inspiration for anyone who needs to do focused creative work at home.

With minimal styling and a sparse selection of bold modern pieces—the wire nest chair, the geometric rug, the modular shelf—this office space is the perfect don’t-bother-me work zone with a cool edge.

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If you live in a small space, this hyper-focused office design could be just the perfect fit given its simple mix of furnishings that take up minimal footprint. If you want the space to appear curated without feeling cold, take the time to choose smaller, sculptural accents, such as an eye-catching table lamp or vase.

coastal home office ideasKeep It Classic

For a traditional office that’s elegant and luxurious stick to timeless pieces. Some great examples include this beveled wooden desk, a classic nailhead-trimmed chair and ottoman, and a tall wooden cabinet that doubles as a display case.

Take note of the color palette for your furnishings—beige and wood tones will play up this look seamlessly.

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If you’re looking to reimagine a spare room into a functional space, this office design can be an elegant solution. A substantial Lucite floor lamp and an oversize raffia-wrapped mirror can round out this collected, neutral look.

industrial home office ideasGo For Graphic

Like all the popular open offices and co-working spaces, this design is bold and cool and has industrial appeal. We can picture this layout in a college dorm room or a creative’s work corner at home.

The high-contrast notes of black, white, slate, and brown hues, provide the perfect backdrop for design-driven lighting and art that complement the sleek metal-and-wood desk.

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If you’re looking for a happy medium between mid-century and minimal, this office has just that. It has industrial elements that play into the streamlined cool of mid-century along with the leather chair and graphic art that keep it from feeling too spare. Layer in lots of plants, which can provide a nice organic burst of color in an otherwise neutral space.

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9 Simple Office-Meets-Guest Room Decorating Ideas

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You hear it all the time – the best trick for small spaces (or making any space feel larger) is making the most out of every square inch. And while that sounds simple enough, making the most out of every room in your home can often be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to make one room serve multiple functions that work for your daily life.

It’s no surprise then that many homeowners have asked our Modsy team for help in designing multipurpose spaces in their home that can do double-duty. Think a living room that also has a play area for kids, a seamless live-work space.

We’re serving up a few office guest room decorating ideas to help you create a stylish and practical space.

 

An Office With a Sleeper Sofa

Say what you will, but sleeper sofas have come up in style over the past few years and you’ll easily find a range of designs and sizes that suit your space. Try pulling one into your home office as seating, which will provide you with an extra spot for lounging as well as a comfy bed for overnight guests when needed.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Look for a sleeper sofa that you can easily tuck into a corner of your office. When it’s not in use as a bed, it can be a quiet area for reading and going through mail or simply for relaxing and taking a break from the day-to-day—perfect if you work from home.

Stylist Tip: Use a bookcase as a room divider to separate your workspace from the sofa lounge area. It will also help give your overnight guests a little more privacy.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Medium Space

A low-profile sleeper sofa is the perfect option for filling out a mid-sized room. Swap side tables for nightstands or small dressers to build in some storage for your house guests.

A full-length mirror is also a welcome addition to any guest room, but choosing a sleek, wall-mounted option helps it blend in in an office space as well.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

If you have a decent-sized room for an office, a large-scale sleeper sofa can help warm up the space and make it feel less utilitarian and all about work.

Think of it as decorating another bedroom and make it comfortable and personal—as soon as you pull out the bed it should instantly feel like an inviting guest room.

Stylist Tip: If you’re going big, make sure to leave enough room between your sofa and your workspace for when the sleeper becomes a bed. Choose slender office chairs and benches that are easy to move to offset the heft of the sofa. If you choose to include a coffee table, opt for one that is easy to move when you pull the sofa out into a bed.

A Study With a Daybed

For a less bulky alternative to the sleeper sofa, try a daybed in your workspace. This is a great way to create a resting spot that feels a little more open and casual.

With their low profile and single-person design, daybeds are perfect for a little R&R as well as accommodating a visitor without a lot of fuss.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Another of our favorite guest room decorating ideas, is to work vertical

If you want a bit more sturdy option for a daybed, but don’t have a lot of room to work with, try a wall mounted bookshelf that also incorporates a desk.

These have a smaller footprint, and will take up less floor space while still providing you with ample vertical storage.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Medium Space

Go with an armless daybed to give the overall office space a more open look and feel. A streamlined version without arms takes up minimal visual space while providing you with a place for repose.

In a pinch, you can pile on pillows and blankets to turn it into an impromptu but comfy guest bed.

When not in use by overnight guests, this arrangement can also easily function as a kids’ workspace for doing homework and reading.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

Bring in a chic, more substantial daybed that hugs a wall in the room.

The best thing about larger daybeds is that they provide the comforts of a bedroom but are casual and versatile enough to work in any living space.

Deck one out in an office with pillows and even a throw so it’s always ready as a spot for afternoon naps, work breaks, and can be easily turned into a guest bed.

A Guest Bedroom With a Work Area

No need to designate an entire room for guests who only visit occasionally. Up the practicality in a guest room by adding a desk that lets it also function as a quiet workspace to get things done.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Small Space

Create a guest room for one that’s also a home office. A perfect option for empty nesters looking to turn their grown-up children’s’ rooms into functional spaces again.

Keep the twin bed and add a workspace for an instant mini guest room that you can put to use year-round.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Medium Space

Divide a guest room into two distinct areas for work and sleep with a bed filling out one side of the room and a work table that spans the rest of the space.

Opting for a narrow but long work table will help elevate the look and feel of the guest room and it can easily serve as an office area for two on a daily basis.

Add wall shelving, and you’ll have an office space that’s also prepped for rest—especially if you work from home and find yourself burning the midnight oil.

guest room decorating ideasFor a Large Space

Build out a guest room with a plush upholstered bed and all the small accents along with a stylish desk that altogether evokes a luxurious hotel suite.

By adding a desk rather than a dresser or a TV stand, the room will provide you with a relaxing space for sorting mail, writing notes, and even answering a few emails when it’s not occupied by guests.

 

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office in the living room

Work From Home: 9 Places to Put an Office in Your Living Room

office in the living room

Sometimes, the best place for an office is in the living room. With more and more people needing to work from home on the regular, we here at Modsy have encountered many homeowners asking for help designing their home offices.

The reality, however, is that most people don’t have an extra room to dedicate to a full-time office. But you don’t need a full room to have a stylish and productive work space.

Instead, most people are opting to incorporate a work station of some sort into their living spaces.

Here, we offer up 9 easy ways to make an office in the living room.

office in the living room1. Set Up a Desk Behind a Sofa

If you have an open floor plan with a seating area pushed off to one side, try placing a desk behind your sofa.

Add a swivel chair and a table lamp and you’ll have a work station that’s tucked into your living space without looking or feeling out of place.

Check out these other ideas for what to do with that empty space behind your sofa.

office in the living room2. Make the Most of an Unused Nook

An unused nook area – like the space directly next to a fireplace – can easily be the ideal spot to fit in a mini office.

Pair a desk with a chair, and even mix in a hanging plant or some art, and you’ve got a simple arrangement that will blend in seamlessly with your living room while taking up little space overall.

office in the living room3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

Sometimes a small area that’s dedicated to work is all you need.

Rather than a full desk, consider tucking a small round table into an unused corner for a place where you can set up your laptop or go through paperwork.

This is a great option for busy living spaces or family rooms. Adults can get to work while the kiddos play close by, or you can use it as a designated homework zone.

office in the living room4. Create an Open Office Space

If you have a large living area, carve out a space for a home office by placing a desk on its own, letting it “float” in front of a wall or credenza.

This is a stylish way to create a formal office space even if you don’t have an extra room.

Stylist Tip: Add a small rug to help clearly delineate the office from the rest of your living space.

office in the living room5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

Try designing a compact office in forgotten spaces, like the space next to your sofa or even at the bottom of your stairs.

The areas, which often go unused, make great spots to sneak in a workspace.

office in the living room6. Make an Office Work With Your Layout

Apartment living often means making the most of your limited square footage.

Incorporate an office into your main seating area by pulling a desk right up alongside your sofa to create a seamless live/work space. This also allows your desk to double as a side table.

Another great tip? Rather than bookshelves, opt for wall-mounted shelving to maintain storage while saving on floor space.

office in the living room7. Line Up a Work Station

Set up multiple desks along a wall to establish workstations that can be used by two or more people in your family.

If you’re a family with kids, this can be a great way to give each person a special homework area that doesn’t take up too much space.

Consider a series of matching chairs and desks to give your “home office” a more designed look and feel.

office in the living room8. Fit a Desk Into a Passageway

A console can function nicely as a vanity and desk in any living room. They’re often narrow enough to be placed along walls in hallways and passageways leading to doorways.

Try adding a console near an entrance or hallway, as in this living room scenario, to turn a large empty wall area into a simple and functional office spot.

office in the living room9. Optimize Shelving As a Working Spot

If you’re particularly tight on space, skip the hassle of making room for a full office. A compact wall shelving unit can provide you with just the laptop workstation you need to get work done.

Pull up a chair and fill your shelves with books and office materials and you’ll have an organized space that’s stylish and functional both when it’s in-use and not.

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