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14 Places to Put a Home Office When You Don’t Have a Spare Room

Many of us will still be working from home for the foreseeable future. And with school almost back in session—or already started for some!—many of us need workspaces for our kids, too. This can be a tall order for those who are already running at max capacity in their homes. If you don’t have spare rooms for both your own office and children’s distance learning space, you might be panicking. Where are you all going to work this fall??

Well, first off, you’re not alone. Many other people are in this boat! Secondly, we’re here to help you out. It is possible to create a home office without an extra room! In fact, we’ve rounded up our best home office design ideas for when you don’t have an extra room to spare.

You’ve got this. You can do this. Now, let’s get inspired and get to work!

Use Your Dining Room

Your dining room is a space that already has the basic office essentials of a table and chairs, making it simple to create a dining room home office design. It’s the most ergonomic set-up for a space you already have, making it perfect for a home office or homeschool station. And if you still want to be able to eat dinner at your dining room table, keep a tray or stylish storage box nearby where you can place all of your office supplies at the end of the workday—which is also a great way to help yourself create a bit of separation between work and life!

Alternately, if you have a more closed-off dining room and don’t need it for meals, consider this spare room design tip: Box up your dining room and totally transform it into a full-time office for one or two!

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Transform A Console Into A Desk

A great small home office idea is to utilize a console table as a desk in your living room or a den. Since consoles are a bit longer than the average desk, you could even put chairs at either end for a workspace for two! And they’re narrower, too, which means they take up less space. This is one of those great desk ideas for kids if you have two kids who need a study spot and don’t have extra room. Just make sure you opt for a console with a base that allows for scooting a chair in!

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Place A Desk Behind A Floating Sofa

For a really small home office set-up, place a desk behind your sofa for a home office in the living room. This makes use of the dead space behind a floating sofa and gives you a dedicated workspace. You could even flank the desk in storage boxes, baskets, or decorative filing cabinets so that you have storage space for your office supplies.

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home office without an extra roomCreate a “Cloffice”

Here’s one of our favorite working from home design tips of the moment. In a guest bedroom, or even in your own bedroom, consider emptying out the closet, taking off the doors to open it up, and transforming it into a “cloffice.” (AKA a closet office.) Just tuck a small desk inside and you have yourself a home office space! You could even hang curtains so that at the end of the work day you can pull the curtains and shut away your workspace at the end of the day. Out of sight, out of mind!

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home office without an extra roomMake Use Of An Awkward Nook

Do you have an awkward nook or random alcove somewhere in your home? Well, that just so happens to be a perfect place to tuck in a desk and create a home office space! If you have room, add a cabinet next to your desk for extra office storage.

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home office without an extra roomSwap Out Your Nightstand

Don’t be afraid to put a home office in the bedroom. If you have a bit of extra space next to your bed, swap out your nightstand for a sleek desk. It still offers all the same functionality as a nightstand—with a lamp, a clock, and a surface for your phone—but with the added benefit of an at-home workspace! This is a great option for small spaces that need a home office.

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home office without an extra roomSneak A Desk Into An Unused Corner

Many homes have them—that awkward corner that doesn’t seem to have a purpose. Well, it might just be the perfect place to tuck in a desk! By tucking this desk next to a partial wall and under a slanted ceiling, you feel tucked in and almost get a cubicle feel—in only the best ways.

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home office without an extra roomWall-Mount A Shelf

One of our favorite super small home office ideas? Use a floating, wall-mounted shelf as a desktop. It doesn’t take up any floor space, which is perfect for extra small spaces. When used in a bedroom, you could even hang a mirror above it and have it double as a vanity! Just make sure you hang a shelf that’s deep enough to hold your laptop.

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Use Your Entryway

Transform your entryway into a home office by replacing your console table with a bar-height table and use it as a standing desk! This is great if you’re tired of sitting all day—but you can also use a bar stool when you need to take a seat. Bar-height tables are great for small spaces, since they allow you to tuck storage underneath. And you can also hang a shelf above for extra storage and decor!

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home office without an extra roomTuck Your Desk Into A Hallway

Hallways tend to be unused spaces within your home—making it perfect for a small office. (Just make sure it’s a hallway that’s wide enough to still comfortably walk through with furniture.) You can even swap your chair for a stool to lessen the footprint this space takes up.

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home office without an extra roomSneak It Under The Stairs

If you have an open space under your staircase you have a perfect place for a small home office space set-up. This is actually one of our favorite home office ideas for creating a home office without an extra room. This small slice of space is just the right size for a home office nook, and the staircase angle above lends a sense of privacy.

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home office without an extra roomPlace It In A Pass-Through Space

If you have a small amount of wall space in a room—especially if it’s a pass-through space—simply add a desk! This is great for open living/dining rooms, as there’s generally some unused real estate to take advantage of. This is a good space for kiddos who you want to keep an eye on while they tackle homework.

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home office without an extra roomUtilize The Space Next To The Fireplace

For those with a fireplace in their living room, there’s often a small strip of wall that can’t be used for much. Well, this small space is the perfect spot to sneak in a small desk! We love this desk option, as the drawers give some built-in storage since there’s not much space for additional storage in this nook.

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Make Use Of A Built-In

This home office idea will take a bit more work—but the end result is totally worth it. If you have a wall of built-ins, remove one of the cabinet sections and replace it with a desk. It won’t take up any extra space in your room—and it offers plenty of storage space for office supplies and paperwork!

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Shared Spaces: Tips for Designing a Home Office With Two Desks

So, you and your partner or roommate are both working from home for the foreseeable future, huh? No need to stress! While it’s definitely an adjustment to work under the same roof—especially when that’s the same roof that you eat, sleep, and relax under—you can actually create some pretty great home office designs for the two of you. But where to begin when thinking of shared home office design ideas?

Start With Function + Style

When creating a home office for two, it’s important to remember that a home office is primarily about function. So, make sure the space works for both of you and serves the needs of each person.

But it’s also worth considering style—though it’s likely that you and your new “coworker” have different design styles. While you don’t have to make your workspace into a single style or have matching desks, it helps to have a cohesive, grounding style throughout the space so that your home office doesn’t start to feel like a flea market.

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Find desks that suit each of your styles and needs—but consider investing in desks with the same finish, which will lend to a sense of cohesiveness in your space. The same goes for chairs; opt for chair that have elements that echo each other, whether that’s in the shape, style, or material. And if you truly are co-workers—whether you own a business together or just work at the same company—and want space to collaborate, be sure to work that into the design of the space.

Once you have the big pieces of home office furniture in place, you can add your own personal flair to your workspace, which will make each workstation unique to the person who uses it.

Keep reading for some at-home office ideas, along with our best tips and tricks for designing a home office for two!

home offices with two desksMake The Most of a Small Space

Just because you only have a small space to work with doesn’t mean you can’t make it a two-person home office. If you’re looking for small home office design ideas, start by placing the two desks on perpendicular walls, which is the best layout to get as much out of the space without making the room feel cluttered. And opt for desks and chairs with light, open bases. This results in less visual clutter and will make the space feel more open and airy. Get matching desks and chairs if possible—this will help a small space feel more streamlined.

And don’t be afraid to use dining chairs as office seating. You probably already have a matching set, and they’re the perfect height for an ergonomic work set-up. That way, you don’t have to buy a new office chair (which can be pricey!) that you won’t use later. (Though there are some great budget-friendly office chairs out there if you prefer a real desk chair!)

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Sit Back-to-Back

Easily distracted? Sit back-to-back with your partner, so you aren’t as tempted to distract them—or yourself—throughout the day. Doing this will also give the two of you a sense of your own workspaces. However, opting for swivel chairs let’s the two of you spin around and chat when you do need a break.

Bonus: This home office is a great example of optimizing storage within your space. Line a wall with bookcases for loads of storage for each of you that will be useful even after you go back to a real office! (We’re sure it’ll happen someday!)

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home offices with two desksConvert Your Dining Room Into a Home Office

If you don’t have a dedicated room to use as a home office, consider converting your dining room into a home office for two. With a long, rectangular table, you can sit at opposite ends of the table and each have your own workspace. This gives you a sense of separation while still being able to chat throughout the day. And even at a dining room table, don’t be afraid to hook up your monitor if needed or wheel in a file cabinet for easy access to documents. You can always tuck them away on the weekends if you want to transform your office back to a dining room and better separate yourself from work!

Shop This Lookhome offices with two desksTransform Your Dining Room Into a Collaborative Workspace

Here’s another take on a dining-room-turned-shared-office—this one geared more toward collaboration. Round and oval dining room tables are great for collaboration, since you can just slide around the table to work more closely with each other—perfect if you and your partner co-run a business or for helping kids with homework. Oval tables, like the one pictured above, are the ideal shape for offering optimal surface space for the two of you, whether you’re working separately or collaborating. And a tulip base means you have plenty of legroom too!

One more tip for dining room home office designs? Add open shelving for office supplies and inspiring personal objects, which will make this space feel more intentional rather than still feeling like a dining room that you’re just temporarily using as an office.

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home offices with two desksTuck Your Home Office Within Another Room

If you’re really short on space, simply tuck a two-person workspace into another room—whether it’s a home office in the living room, a guest bedroom, or even a large master bedroom. Rather than two desks, we recommend one long, narrow desk or even a console table. The one pictured above could certainly be for one person without feeling excessive—but setting up a workstation at each end of the table allows two people to work within the same compact space. Since there’s not a ton of surface area, this two-person desk works best if you work from a laptop versus a desktop computer.

This is also a great option when there’s just one adult working from home but you also have a kiddo who needs to work on school stuff in the same space!

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home offices with two desksCreate Two Distinct Zones

If you have the space for it, we love the idea of home offices with two desks and creating two distinct work zones. Start by setting up your desks at opposite sides and ends of the room to give each of you as much of your own space as possible. (The desks pictured are two of the best home office desks for distinct but coordinating desks within one space.) Then, add some shelving to each zone for office supplies and personal objects.

In this space, we also added a daybed, which is a great place to come together to chat over coffee when you both need a break, or for you to individually take screen breaks throughout the day. (This also allows you to double this space as a guest bedroom.)

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home offices with two desksBuild an In-Home Co-working Space

If you’re running a small business from home and have business partners or employees working from your home as well, create an in-home co-working space. By opting for a dining room table in your home office rather than multiple desks, you can fit more people into one space, while still allowing for everyone to have the workspace they need. However, this is definitely a set-up geared toward working off of laptops, as there’s no room for computer monitors here!

This is also a good option for families with older kids or adult children who are also doing school or work from home. The result is a designated office space where everyone can get in the zone!

Shop This Lookhome offices with two desksCreate a One-Wall Workzone

If you like the idea of a symmetrical and streamlined design, opt for this type of side-by-sie workspace. This is a perfect arrangement for those whose office is within a larger shared space, as the whole two-person set-up only takes up one wall of the room. With a storage cabinet between the desks, you have plenty of space between your workstations, as well as plenty of surface space on which to work with these larger home office desks!

Love these home office interior design ideas, but need to focus on creating a homeschool set-up rather than a shared home office? This layout would also be a great set-up for kids who will be homeschooling in the fall. This double desk set-tup creates a dedicated school zone, where each child has their own space but they’re close enough to each other to ask questions or collaborate. Just switch out the artwork for something more whimsical!

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A Room With Many Uses: Tips For Transforming Your Dining Room into a Functional Home Office

Dining rooms have always been spaces that see a lot of action in our homes. So much more than just a space where we share meals, dining rooms have become multi-purpose spaces where we often help the kids with homework or balance the budget. And this was all before COVID-19!

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Now, more than ever, dining rooms have become the headquarters of the house—a hub of activity and productivity. And, for those of us who don’t have space for a separate home office, our dining room tables are pulling double duty and have become the space where we set up our computers everyday for work. So now, it’s a space for video calling, homeschooling, and so much more.

And converting your dining room into an office? Not always so easy. But it can be done! Keep reading for our best tips and favorite examples of dining room office combos to inspire you!

Don’t have a formal dining room to convert? You can also set up a home office in the living room or guest room! And if you need insight on the best office color schemes for productivity or the best home office desks, we’ve got you covered!

dining room officeHow Can I Use my Dining Room as a Home Office?

If you don’t have a proper home office, using your dining room as an office is the next best thing! A dining room office combo makes for a great set-up because it’s the most ergonomic place in your home, and you already have the basics of what you need for a workspace!

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For home office furniture in a dining room office combo, your dining room table becomes your desk, which is much better for your neck and back than working from your sofa or bed! And, your dining room chairs are already at the proper height for your arms to rest comfortably on the table and for your computer to be at eye-level, helping you avoid back pain!

Not all dining rooms have ample lighting though. We love working with a flood of natural light, but you can always add a task lamp to your dining table for a well-lit workspace, or commandeer a floor lamp from another room in your house!

dining room officeSince you have much more space to sprawl out when using a dining room table versus a desk, don’t be afraid to set up a full monitor! You’re spending 8 hours a day here, after all, so give yourself permission to totally overhaul this space. (You can always put your monitor away on the weekends so you aren’t tempted to log into work on your days off!)

Proper storage is essential to keep things organized and avoid cluttering up your space. Clutter can cause anxiety and stress, and we certainly don’t need any more of that than we already have! So, incorporate table-top organizers for papers, files, and writing utensils, as well as a rolling filing cabinet to keep essential documents within reach!

dining room officeAnd, of course, you can’t forget to pick a comfy chair! For all-day work sessions, you want to make sure you have back support and a cushy seat which allows for good posture. If you have a real office chair, we highly recommend that you use that! If not, dining chairs—especially upholstered styles—are great because they’re more ergonomic than the sofa. And you can always add a seat cushion or lumbar pillow if you need extra support!

dining room officeDining Room as a Work + Activity Space for Kids

Who said office dining rooms were just for adults? Your kids may be out of school for the summer, but depending where you live homeschooling will potentially continue into the new year. And, homeschooling aside, you may just need a space where they can do activities and get creative throughout the summer! So, set your kids (and yourself) up for success with a few clever dining room interior design ideas!

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dining room officeStart by pulling in a bench, if you have one handy. This can help change the vibe in the space, giving it a more “schoolhouse” feeling. It allows for more kids to sit up at the table and makes moving around easier. And you can easily remove it when the work or school day is over to help transition the space back to a dining room!

When creating a kid zone within your dining room, be sure to balance work and play. Incorporate fun activities to help kids keep themselves entertained—from a chalkboard for drawing or games, to a tend that makes a cozy reading nook or for make-believe play time, and plenty of table space for crafts, coloring, reading, and maybe even a little screen time.

dining room officeAs in all kids spaces, we recommend adding baskets for easy clean-up! Baskets are our favorite kid-friendly storage solution, since they look good but they also make it easy for kids to own their own clean-up. And, since they’re low-maintenance and easy to move around, they make it easier to transition your dining room from day to evening.

dining room officeOther Ways to Transform Your Dining Room into an Office

Looking for other home office interior design ideas as you transform your dining room into a home office? There are so many ways to make this combo space work! Keep reading for a few more of our favorite set-ups.

dining room officeA Distraction-Free Set-Up

If you want your dining room home office to be as distraction-free as possible, opt for a more minimal style. A glass table is easy to clean, which is great if you’re using the space for both work and meals! And the velvet chairs make long days of work feel more stylish and fun—not to mention more comfortable than a wooden chair!

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dining room officeRoom WIth a View

Endless video calls aren’t so bad with this view! Don’t be afraid to take over your whole dining room, making space for your monitor, office supplies, and reading materials. You can even keep your printer nearby for easy access to printed documents! An analog clock is also great to help keep you focused without constantly checking your phone to see the time (and inevitably getting lost scrolling through social media.) This charming countryside set-up is also a favorite approach for small home office design ideas when your dining room is your office!

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dining room officeA Workspace for Two

A long table means lots of work space for multiple people. This is great if you’re sharing your dining room office with a partner or roommate. It allows you to each take one half of the table and both have plenty of space to spread out! And, if you’re both working from laptops, it’s easy to put everything away at the end of the workday and continue using your dining room for sharing meals, as well.

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dining room officeA Space of One’s Own

If you’re co-working and want a bit more privacy? Place a tall vase and floral arrangement in the center of the table to create some separation and delineate your space from your partner or roommate’s!

We also love the idea of installing or repurposing shelving for office supplies and books. If you currently use your dining room shelves or cabinets for serving platters or fine china, move them to storage for the time being so you can make the most of your space as an office.

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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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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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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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Layout Guide: A Small Home Office Designed for Productivity

home office layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re designing two home office layout ideas for the ultimate productivity zone.

The Space: A small 11×13 home office

Style: Mod Collector

The Challenge: Creating a home office design that includes comfortable seating and plenty of storage. The catch? An awkward back nook next to the window.

home office for two layout ideasIdea #1: Home Office Layout for Productivity

Our home office layout idea #1 is all about productivity. This is a space where you can escape the business around you and hide away to get your work done. The double desk setup facilitates productivity even if two people are working in the office at once. One desk is tucked away in the back nook/alcove on the opposite side of the room, creating personal space for both even in shared quarters. Because the desks are against the walls, this layout is better for deep focus and getting stuff done.

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Why This Home Office Layout Works

This setup provides plenty of storage, with the bookcase across from the entry and built-in shelving in the back nook. The cozy daybed in front of the windows makes a great spot to take a break, read, or even recharge with a quick power nap.

We also added a large floor mirror, one of our favorite small space hacks, which opens up the room and makes it feel much bigger. This is also a great addition if your home office doubles as a guest room!

As for style, this room is designed in a neutral color palette, which keeps the space feeling minimal, clean, and uncluttered. Accessorizing with textures and shapes give it a cool, eclectic vibe while funky plants add life and pops of color.

home office layout ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a shared office space for two.
  • Like a space where you can really concentrate and focus.
  • Plan on using large monitors or setup that require lots of plugs/cords.
  • Want the office space to double as a guest room.
  • Love a clean, minimal style that still shows off your personality.

home office layout ideasIdea #2 – Home Office Layout for Collaboration

This design idea is all about creating a home office that puts the emphasis on creativity and collaboration. Built for one person, the floating desk (aka not pushed up against a wall) creates a more conversational layout geared toward collaboration. With this layout, you’ve got plenty of space for seeing clients making it’s a great setup if face-to-face conversations are a big part of your work-from-home life.

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Why This Home Office Layout Works

This layout aids conversation and collaboration, but still provides space for independent work as well. It’s ideal for streamlined setups (such as a laptop or old-fashioned pen and paper) and it has a polished, executive suite vibe. The setup here also makes great use of the back nook with a credenza that fits perfectly and extra shelves above that put the vertical space to use.

We also love this shade of sage green paint, which are great for inspiring productivity and soothing the senses. Green is the color of renewal and growth, after all. The addition of color creates a cozier vibe than would stark white walls. This style also incorporates lots of natural textures and materials for an “outdoors-indoors” vibe. And the graphic patterns in the art, pillows and rug add contrast and all-around fun visual intrigue.

home office storageThis Is Great If You…

  • Like a conversational layout in your office.
  • Need a good setup for meetings and face-to-face convos.
  • Have a simple computer / paper and pen setup.
  • Like to work in a warm, cozy space.
  • Need plenty of storage.
  • Love a decor style that fosters inspiration and productivity.

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