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

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

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

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The Mistake: Not Enough Lighting

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

The Fix: Layered Lighting and Good Natural Light

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

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

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

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

The Fix: Give Yourself Space to Breathe

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

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

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The Mistake: Being Disorganized

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

The Fix: Using Organizational Tools

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

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

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The Mistake: A Sterile Workspace

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

The Fix: Personalizing Your Space

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

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

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The Mistake: Forgetting About Your Video Call Background

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

The Fix: A Simple But Beautiful Backdrop

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

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

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

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The Mistake: An Uncomfortable Space

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

The Fix: Make It Comfy and Cozy

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

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

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The Mistake: Bad Seating

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

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The Fix: Investing in an Ergonomic and Comfortable Chair

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

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

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The Mistake: A Distracting Space

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

The Fix: A Quiet, Distraction-Free Work Zone

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

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

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How to Bring Joy into Your WFH Set-Up – Inspiration From Modsy Designers

By now, after six months of working from home, hopefully you’ve upgraded from a temporary home office to a more permanent set-up. But even if you’ve created a comfortable workspace, it can still feel a little bleak. Long days at your home office can start to feel like you’re living at work. Add to that the stress of the outside world—and no wonder so many of us are struggling!

That’s why—aside from the basics of a good home office desk, office chair, and other home office essentials—we’re big believers in infusing your workspace with small moments of joy. Things that make you pause, smile, breathe deeply, and find a little slice of peace in the midst of the craziness of life.

We asked a handful of our designers how they’re bringing moments of joy into their WFH spaces. Keep scrolling to get their best tips and peek inside their stylish workspaces!

Get Intentional With Your Workspace

Rather than being at the mercy of your own creativity or focus, create a space that fosters those things. By creating an intentional workspace (rather than bouncing from your sofa to the dining room table to your bed) you’ll have a space that tells your brain it’s time to work—whether or not you’re feeling particularly creative or focused at the moment. And, designing it in a way that will make you feel happy and inspired will make you want to spend your days there.

“I think it’s incredibly important to have a goal for your workspace. I can be pretty freeform in terms of where I work—at the coffee table, on the sofa, or even at the kitchen table. I’m more at the mercy of my creativity and when it strikes than anything else. However, cultivating a calming and inspiring space to nurture creativity definitely helps. My main goal with my workspace was to feel happy and inspired simply by sitting at my desk—despite whatever work stresses may be unfolding. There is such intention in curating a space for a specific purpose. There’s something almost ritualistic to it—which I love.” – Karina L, Modsy Designer

“I’m living tiny in a camper that my husband and I have renovated, and everything has to have multiple uses. My work area doubles as our dining space, extra kitchen prep area, and storage cabinet! I have to make the most of my small workspace, but to make it feel more inspirational and personalized I like to keep plants nearby, along with my essential oils so that everything always smells wonderful and I feel rejuvenated! My diffuser is on top while I keep my oils below along with extra books and even more things in the cabinets below. The table leaves fold down if necessary to provide more room and hide our open storage below. I’m also within arms reach of my coffee maker, which is always a plus!”  –Victoria M, Modsy Designer

WFH Joy“I wanted a girly office that would display my favorite things. I used an acrylic desk and two Louis Ghost chairs to keep the room open since it is pretty small.” –Tais K, Modsy Designer

Surround Yourself with Things That You Love

Whatever it is that makes you feel happy and inspired—whether that’s travel-inspired decor, a favorite piece of artwork, books for when your brain needs a break, or fun little objects that make you smile—bring it into your workspace. Not only will these things add some fun and inspiration to the daily grind, they’ll also help motivate you on the difficult days!

WFH Joy“The thing I miss most right now is traveling, so I’ve made a point to fill my wall and desk with things that bring me joy and feed my wanderlust. I also always have inspirational quotes and a collection of my favorite poetry books on hand by my desk—and, of course, some plants!” – Katherine T, Modsy Designer

“I wanted to create a gallery wall that screams Kelly! I love art history, B&W movies, and London. With my cathedral ceilings, I needed Modsy to help create the layout. I’ve collected these pieces for years (some I purchased in London) and wanted to place them all together for a unique look. It’s displayed right over my desk and it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.”   –Kelly W, Modsy Designer

“I’ve packed my small but mighty workspace with a few pieces of art and decor that make me smile. One of my favorites is an analogue clock with a design by Piero Fornasetti. I’ve found it to be surprisingly useful, as I can keep track of time the old fashioned way, instead of checking my phone and constantly being distracted by all those notifications.” –Madeline W, Modsy Designer

Get Happy With Some Houseplants

Plants make you happier—plain and simple. Whether it’s the vibrant greens enlivening the space or the knowledge that there’s another living thing nearby, styling with indoor plants can have a really positive impact on your mental health. Plus, certain varieties help purify the air and up the oxygen levels in the room. Needless to say, we could probably all benefit from some plants in our workspaces!

“My desk is in front of a window, so I’m able to have a bunch of plants around when I work. I’m inspired most by nature!” –Peter C, Modsy Designer

WFH JoyI’ve been quarantining in my childhood home while I prepare for a larger move in a couple of months. Being limited in what I can change in this room, I’ve focused on using small pieces to bring joy to my workspace. I’m a full-fledged plant mom and have built up a corner jungle surrounding my desk, as well as introducing photos of loved ones and items that mean a lot to me. Even if I don’t feel completely at home in this room, I’ve done what I can to feel happy, at peace, and motivated to work each day! –Becky S, Modsy Designer

Give Your Eyes a Break

Computer fatigue and eye strain are very real—especially now, when we’re working virtually and even meetings are computer-based. So, give yourself breaks throughout the day to step away from your screen, whether that’s indulging in a hobby mid-day or going on a walk. Having beautiful artwork above your desk or flowers next to your computer also gives your eyes something other than your computer to focus on in the midst of working. You might also want to consider blue light glasses to help with eye strain!

“Taking a break to arrange flowers in the midst of my workday brings me so much joy. And I always keep essential oils on my desk. I made a blend to help with headaches and computer fatigue, because that’s a real thing, as we all know. Having flowers on my desk gives me the best view ever and helps with eye strain from the computer screen. So much color and inspiration from flowers keeps me going as a designer.”  –Cassandra W, Modsy Designer

Find Joy Wherever You Can

We don’t all have the luxury of creating a beautiful workspace that’s all our own, full of things that we love. For some of us, workdays are peppered with checking in on kids distance learning or sharing a space with a partner and overhearing their end of a video call. But even if your WFH situation feels a bit chaotic, we encourage you to find joy where you can. Whether that’s having photos of loved ones near your computer, appreciating good natural lighting in your workspace, or choosing to view being interrupted by your kids as an opportunity for a quick screen break instead of an annoyance, we can all find a bit of extra joy in the everyday if you look in the right places!

WFH Joy“My workspace is in the middle of my living/dining room so it’s important to me that it stays orderly but is personalized and fits within my decor scheme. I’ve added joy here with layered photos of my loved ones, an heirloom porcelain shoe from my grandma, and fresh flowers from the local farmer’s market.” –Rebecca S, Modsy Designer

“Because my husband is using our office and all three of our kids are home, my best workspace has proven to be in the kitchen. From here, I can answer my kids’ questions and keep on an eye on them while I still am able to work with good light and quick access to my coffee maker. I use oversized coffee table books to prop up my computer. It helps that they’re full of inspiration if I’m feeling stuck on something with work. The whole setup is easy to put away when I’m done with work. There seems to always be a toy our three-year-old deposits with me while he’s playing and those little trinkets always bring me a smile.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

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5 Layouts To Set Your Little One Up for Homeschooling Success

There’s no doubt 2020 will be one for the books. With the pandemic, WFH has become the new normal and so has remote learning given school closures. All of which has turned our homes into offices, classrooms, gyms, you name it.

It’s not surprising then that many parents are struggling to balance working from home and homeschooling their kids. One major pain point we’ve been hearing from parents is figuring out how to make space in the home to do it all, especially when this might continue throughout the entire school year. It’s essentially moving the classroom into your home, which is no simple task. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with our best homeschool design tips and layout ideas.

Just like a home office, setting up your space with a homeschooling area will help keep school and home life separate for you and your kids—whether it’s getting creative with desk ideas for kids or designating a room that’s a full workspace for them. If you don’t have a separate room, don’t fret. With some simple layout adjustments, you can still carve out a great at-home study for your kids within your living spaces.

For some guidance, we’ve rounded up five room setups that make for perfect homeschool layouts. Read on to see the layouts and get our tips for working the ideas into your home.

homeschool layouts1. The Open Work Station

In terms of living room design ideas, a window nook is always a bonus. In this typical living room layout, a long bench for extra seating is replaced with a slim desk for a window nook workspace. The final set up makes for a perfect spot for homeschooling, video-chatting for remote lessons, and everyday studying.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Long slender desks. The addition of one or two longs desks fills out the nook without taking up extra floor space in the rest of the living room. If you have more than one child, this setup gives all your kids ample room to “go to school” comfortable side-by-side.

Under table storage. Sneak in a filing cabinet for compact organization under the tables. It can be used for everything from crayons to notebooks to books. The best part is that it tucks away nicely without taking up room in your living space.

A stylish study chair. Think of your desk chair here as part of your living room seating. When not used for the office area, it can be turned around and pulled into the living space as extra seating.

homeschool layouts2. Partition Off An Office Corner

If you don’t have a window nook in your living room, there are still many ways you can divide up your space to include a homeschooling workspace. In this mixed-use room, a floating bookcase separates the living area from the office, resulting in a seamless and functional layout. (Check out this post on how to float furniture for more tips on this essential layout hack!)

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The Key Layout Elements:

A low bookshelf. This is the most essential decor piece in this layout since it separates the functions of your space. Choose one that’s not too tall but provides you with lots of open storage. Ideally, one with cubbies will give you room to store living room essentials, like remotes and smart devices as well as extra school items for the kids.

Streamlined desk. WIth any designated office area, you’ll want to anchor it with a modern desk that does it all. That means one with a deep drawer that provides you with lots of storage for your kid’s school supplies, notebooks, laptop, iPad, etc.

Thin area rug. One way to set off your work area is to ground it with a rug. Not only will it add soft padding for your office chair, but it will also make the office corner feel like it’s own space. It’s ideal to go with a flatweave or a thin area rug and don’t forget rug pads to hold it in place!

homeschool layouts3. The Communal Classroom

As we demand so much more out of our homes these days, the dining room is one space that sees the most action. Now, it’s the dining room home office, where in addition to a gathering spot for meals, it’s also a convenient place for spreading homeschooling the kids.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Communal dining table. A large dining table that lets you and your kids spread out their homework is key. Being seated at a big table and doing work actually brings a classroom vibe to homeschooling. A table cloth will also help keep everything neat and easy to tidy up.

A credenza for them. Rather than an elegant sideboard, a functional one with stylish storage is great for all the little school things your kids have. One with cubbies will give you extra storage for school supplies while remaining stylish looking in the space.

Organize a school corner.  Instead of staging your sideboard or credenza with formal accents, transform it for homeschooling. Hang up a map or alphabet chart, add a globe to the surface, and line up all of your kid’s books.

4. Set Up A Hallway Study Zone

If the living room and dining space don’t work for homeschooling, set up a work area for two in a narrow hallway. Think of it as an alternative to your console table. The best part is that it can still function as a display and catchall spot when this space isn’t used for studying or homework.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Open-base desks. Since this work zone is in a high-traffic hallway, choose one or two desks with a more airy look. Desks with open bases and a slender, streamlined top will help keep the workspace from feeling in the way.

Chic wall sconces. Sconces make for lighting that doesn’t take up desk or floor space. Hang a matching pair above your desk to add stylish lighting for both the work area and the hallway.

Educational gallery wall. Create a mini gallery wall above your work zone with art that mixes education and style. Think world maps, scientific animal prints, ephemera art, biology charts.

homeschool layouts5. The Integrated Live-Work Space

For those who have a standard rectangular or square living room layout, you can easily rearrange one wall to incorporate a workspace for homeschooling that’s in line with the rest of your decor. Rather than section off your office area, this is all about integrating it into your room.

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The Key Layout Elements:

A modern desk. A Mid-Century desk is always a great versatile option when you’re trying to complement existing decor. The modern aesthetic works with a range of decor and they’re streamlined in design and size, so they’ll fit neatly in with most living room layouts.

Mid-Century office chair. Pick a seat, maybe one of castors, that matches your desk. Just like your desk, a Mid-Century style chair is a chic, compact, and complementary choice for any living room decor.

Ladder bookcase. To give your work area both presence and practical storage, a ladder bookcase will do the trick. It has an open feel that blends nicely with an open living room layout, and it will also add storage for school items and books while taking up minimal floor space.

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Glow Up Giveaway

Announcing the Modsy WFH Glow Up Giveaway!

Who’s ready to upgrade their work-from-home set-up?? Here we are, six months into the shut-downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have been unexpectedly working from home this whole time, with no end in sight.

While some people already had great home offices to work in, making the transition easier, many of us had to create home offices on the fly—at dining room tables, in closets, or tucked into living rooms or bedrooms. Some households even had to design shared home offices or kids’ homeschool workspaces. (Did you ever think you’d be gearing up for a year of distance learning??) To say it’s been a challenge is an understatement.

It can be challenging to make your home function for so many people in so many different ways. If you’re tired of your WFH set-up or need help creating an inspirational workspace, you’re in luck!

Glow Up GiveawayModsy To The Rescue: The WFH Glow Up Giveaway

Today, we’re launching the Modsy WFH Glow Up Giveaway! Through this contest, one lucky winner will receive a home office makeover! The winner will get $1,000 toward a home office makeover, including a free Premium Modsy design package.

How To Enter

Entering the Modsy WFH Glow Up giveaway is easy. All you have to do is snap a picture or take a video of your current workspace and post it to your Instagram feed or Twitter using the hashtag #ModsyWFHGlowUp. The contest runs from September 1 to September 22, and one winner will be selected at random. Review the full giveaway terms and conditions here.

So, what are you waiting for? Snap some pics and enter!

Get Inspired

Need some WFH inspiration in the meantime? Head over to our home office design ideas page for some of our favorite home office designs!

And here’s some more good news: even if you don’t win, we can still help you create the home office of your dreams. With a Modsy design package, you’ll have a dedicated designer who will help you create a WFH set-up that perfectly suits your space and style.

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7 Homeschool Design Tips To Help You Ace The 2020 School Year

For many families with kids, back to school this year looks a lot like staying at home. For those who had never planned on homeschooling, the idea of a year of distance learning is probably causing some stress and anxiety.

There’s a lot to balance when you’re both working from home full-time and acting as a teacher’s aid to help your kiddo get into the groove of a new school year from home. While we can’t take the stress away or watch the kids while you work, we can offer a bit of help with our online interior design services.

Just like with your home office set-up, the design of your homeschool space can play an important role in helping your kids do their best this year. We polled some of our designers who are also adjusting to distance learning this year, and they gave us some amazing kids workspace designs and tips for how to help you, your kids, and your home make the adjustment. Keep reading for 10 of our best homeschool design tips for setting your little one up for success at home this school year!

1. Transform Your Dining Area Into A Homeschool Space

“If you don’t have a full room to dedicate, the dining space is always a good solution since you already have a table and chair setup.” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

Your breakfast nook or dining space can be an eating area by morning and night, and a homeschool space during day. This is a great place for your kids to set up their work stations, because it already has chairs and a large workspace surface. And, continuing to use this area for morning and evening meals creates a good boundary for helping keep your home tidy (and helping keep you a bit more sane).

When creating dining room office designs, simply keep a bar cart or rolling utility cart nearby, and use that to store school items and tuck things away at the end of the school day. And since a dining space or breakfast nook is typically in the center of a home, it’s an easy space for you to keep an eye on your kids, even if you’re working in another room—and you can easily pull up a chair to help with some math problems when you’re called on for help. We love this idea because the whole set-up doesn’t cost a dime to create—it’s all stuff you have in your home already!

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips2. Use Bins To Organize School Work

“A large basket or storage container for my kids to place completed work or scratch paper helps keep clutter contained.”  – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Wherever you set up your kids’ homeschool rooms, we recommend keeping various bins and trays nearby. They’re a great place for kids to place their school work and have scratch paper. Each kid can have their own set of bins, and you could even color-code them for complete and incomplete work, crafts, and whatever other categories you want! This is a great way to keep things their homeschool classroom organized and looking streamlined for both kids and parents. Bonus tip: rolling carts and bookcases are a great place to house these organizational items, along with any other school supplies.

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips3. Create A Snack Station

“I try to keep a little bowl with healthy snacks (raisins, trail mix, etc.) and water bottles near them so they can nibble if they get hungry.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Don’t want your kids interrupting you every 10 minutes for a snack? Set up a snack station! We love the idea of keeping healthy snacks near your kids’ homeschool rooms, so they can grab something when they’re hungry, but from a pre-approved assortment! This gives your kids a sense of independence and can be fun for them to “shop” for their own snacks. You could even add a chalkboard above the snack station to write out a general schedule for the day to keep everyone on track!

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homeschool design tips4. Give Your Kid A “Cloffice”

“The more personalized a work area is for your kid, the more important they will feel that space is. Creating a work area with a background in your home that is not distracting for your child or their classmates is also helpful.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

If your kid is doing distance learning, they’ll likely be on video calls much of the school day. So, setting them up in a homeschool space where the sound is insulated and the background isn’t distracting is important. Even if it’s just a small space! With that in mind, we love the idea of creating a “cloffice” for your kid (AKA a closet office).

By emptying out a closet in their room or in another room in your house, taking off the doors, and putting a desk inside, they suddenly have a cozy nook in which to work. It’s a great way to keep a desk out of the way and tucked away from the main homes activities. And it also lets your kid feel like they have a space that is all their own. Let them personalize it with artwork and even pick out some desk accessories that make them happy but aren’t distracting. (You can also check out some of our kids room design ideas for ideas on how to incorporate a desk into the rest of your kid’s bedroom!)

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homeschool design tips5. Create A Space With No Distractions

“Some of the essentials I would consider would be a dedicated desk/table area so that they have a place to ground themselves and get into “work mode”. A comfy chair or place to sit is also a must, if they are uncomfortable that is all they will be able to focus on!” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

It’s important to give your kid a homeschool classroom desk area that is comfortable, clean, and dedicated to schoolwork. Make sure they have a comfy chair so that at least their physical comfort won’t be a distraction. To further eliminate distractions, make sure there are no TVs, handheld electronics, or toys in this area. Tucking their desk or work station into a room where they can close the door is great for older kids who need less supervision but still need help with focusing.

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homeschool design tips6. Divide One Space For Two Kids

Having two kids in one homeschool space means they can easily be a distraction to each other—but sometimes it can’t be avoided. If that’s the case, divide the homeschool room with a room divide or open bookcase like seen here. It gives them just enough separation to lessen distractions. And if you opt for an open bookcase, you also get some built-in storage for books, paper trays, or even a printer. You can keep each side matching and equal, or let each kid personalize their half.

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homeschool design tips7.Create An Arts & Crafts Zone

When homeschooling, having creative time is very important—especially for younger children. So, consider setting up a separate space in your home for art, music, and craft activities. Having a separate space will hopefully make this area feel more fun and less like work, so that it becomes a place where your child can unwind and unleash their creativity! A dining room is a great space for this, as it will give you room to supervise or help your kids.

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My Modsy Story: How We Found the Time for Design

This busy couple struggled to balance career, family, and designing a new home. Fortunately, they found help in the nick of time.

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Homeowners: Nate and Helen, Software Engineer and Director of Product Strategy

Location: Moraga, CA

Rooms: Living Room and Home Office

Their Style: Reclaimed Visionary

Customer StoryThe Backstory

Shortly after our son was born we decided to move into a new home. He was only 3 weeks old at the time, so it was a challenging move, as I’m sure any new parent can understand. Still, between feedings, diaper changes, and zero sleep, my husband and I were determined to make our first home feel special for ourselves and our baby boy. Of course, making our house feel both cozy and functional became even more critical once shelter in place happened, and we found ourselves home 24/7!

The Design Dilemma

Juggling new parenthood and work meant that we had zero time to do anything, let alone design our new house. We were just so busy with our careers and the baby that we hardly had time to unpack! We were living out of boxes in a space that didn’t feel like ours. My home office was still totally empty and desperately needed help. Meanwhile, our living room felt too impersonal. We needed it to feel relaxed and tranquil to help us handle the stress of our hectic dual role as parents and professionals, especially when the world outside was so intense.

We were just so busy with our careers and the baby that we hardly had time to unpack! We were living out of boxes in a space that didn’t feel like ours.

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

I’d heard about Modsy through a friend who also works in tech, and the name stuck with me. After we moved and I realized we desperately needed some remote interior design help with minimal hassle, we decided to sign up and give Modsy a try. We were a little nervous when at first because we’d used another online design service that neither of us really loved. Still, we decided to move forward anyway because we definitely needed the help.

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Helen and Nate

When we saw our designs, we were so impressed. All the worries we had from our last online design experience went right out the window. It was honestly so refreshing to see a design neither of us could have imagined. Plus, being able to see our room online in 3D helped so much. The reality is, if we didn’t use Modsy, we would haven’t gotten past the decorating phase of selecting the bare essentials. Their designs really brought the space to life and made us feel safe and confident in making purchases online. This was great because neither of us had the time or ability to go out and purchase home goods between work, the baby, and quarantine.

When we saw our designs, we were so impressed. All the worries we had from our last online design experience went right out the window.

The Real Results

It’s safe to say that after working with Modsy we finally feel at home in our home. Honestly, I know it sounds silly, but that’s the best way to describe it, especially now that our new furniture has arrived. The space is so open and minimal. It feels relaxing and uncomplicated, which is the perfect counterpoint to our sometimes complicated and hectic lives. It makes us happy to spend so much time here and raise our new baby in such a beautiful and serene space.

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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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Lemon Stripes X Modsy: Julia’s New Home Office Reveal

When Lemon Stirpes blogger Julia moved into her new home she knew exactly where her office would go. She just needed a little help putting it together.

 

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Homeowner: Julia of Lemon Stripes

Location: Stamford, CT

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Backstory

When Julia, of Lemon Stripes, and her husband were looking for a new home, she says that she immediately fell in love with the sun-drenched room off the front entrance of the house that is now their home. She knew that if they ended up with that house, that that little room, separated by French doors, would be her office. “It was a perfect size—and the light! Oh the light,” she says.

The Design Dilemma

Well, they did get that house, and Julia started out strong with decorating her home office. She found a few key pieces she wanted to include, as well as a few pieces she already had but didn’t know what to do from there.

“The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

“I picked out this pretty blue rug and show-stopping coral grasscloth wallpaper pretty quickly, but then I felt totally stuck,” Julia says. “The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

The Modsy Moment

Julia and her husband had worked with Modsy before, on their family room design a few months prior. So, when she told us about her layout dilemma, we were happy to help again! She sent us photos of the space, along with her design preferences.

“My designer came back with different layout options and two totally different designs using the furniture that I already had. Ultimately, I chose the layout with my desk in the middle because this position makes me feel like such a boss!” Julia says.

The Real Results: Tour Julia’s Office

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As she said above, one of the designs we gave her included “floating” her desk in the middle of the space. Pulling it away from the walls, especially in such a long and narrow space, felt like the right move—and gave her those boss-lady vibes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,”

We wanted to keep her necessary paperwork within reach, so we tucked her file credenza behind the desk—which also created a perfect surface for propping her inspiration board and a plant! We also added shelving in her office, where she could display some of her favorite objects and store some additional organizational boxes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,” says Julia.

And, since Julia had already picked out a stunning, textural wallpaper, we wanted to make sure that nothing took away from that. We also used that wallpaper as the foundation of the color palette and kept everything else more neutral and bright.

“I decided not to hang a lot of artwork in here. Instead, I’m treating the wallpaper like art and keep it really simple,” says Julia. “I tend to go overboard on wall art and then regret it so, for now, it’s staying this way and it feels very calm and serene without too much going on.”

“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day!”

And, of course, you can’t forget the large mirror! It’s not only perfect for selfies that show off Julia’s stunning outfits, but it helps reflect light and make the small space feel larger.

“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day,” says Julia. “Before the space was done, I would find myself working from the kitchen counter or the living room couch quite often, but now I get excited to ‘go to work’ with my mug of tea and spend all day in this beautiful office. The finishing touches pulled it together and made it mine.”

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

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

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

Sharing Is Caring

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

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Wide Open Spaces

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

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

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Small Space, Big Style

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

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

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Modern Modalities

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

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

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(Leg) Room For Two

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

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

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What Dreams Are Made Of

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

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

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Everyday I’m Side-Hustling

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

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

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Room To Grow

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

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

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A Coordinated Effort

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

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

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Stunning Symmetry

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

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

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Color Coordinated: The Best Color Schemes for Home Offices

We’ve all had those days in the past couple of months—feeling endlessly distracted and having an impossible time concentrating. The deadlines don’t stop, but it feels like our focus has all but disappeared! Don’t worry, you’re not crazy. We all have those struggle days!

Did you know that color can actually play a huge role in productivity? So, when thinking of home office design ideas, it’s important to not just consider the furniture but also your office paint colors!

There are so many routes you can go with home office color schemes that will help inspire productivity. So, we’ve rounded up our 11 best home office color schemes that will get you inspired, motivated, and ready to tackle any deadline that comes your way. Keep reading to discover the best home office colors for productivity! (As a bonus, they may also give you some fun home office layout ideas!)

Green and Gold

Green is the easiest color on the eye—so it’s good for those who work long hours! It’s a color of balance, harmony, nature, and restoration. And who doesn’t need a little more of all that in their work life?? This soothing color is great for adding a natural, organic feel to your home office. And pairing it with gold, like in the office pictured above, adds fun, glam contrast to an otherwise organic office space.

How to incorporate green into your home office:

In terms of office paint colors, a soft green is one of the best office colors. So, paint the walls a soothing shade of green, and then don’t be afraid to add a monochromatic element by going for a green office chair or other piece of furniture. Add artwork, decor, or office accessories with pops of green. Perhaps opt for an area rug that features green in the color scheme. And, of course, add in some natural greenery with plants! Remember, green pairs well with natural wood tones and other earth tones, so for desks or shelving, opt for wood pieces.

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Breezy Blue

Blue is the color of intelligence, trust, logic, communication, and efficiency. So, it’s a really great color for an office space where constant focus is needed! The light blue shade pictured above is inspired by water and is super soothing—perfect for a home office. But there are so many shades of blue you can incorporate into your space! We’d just recommend avoiding cobalt or super saturated blues which can be straining to the eye, especially when looking at a screen.

How to incorporate blue into your home office:

Breezy blues pair really well with neutrals and whites, as well as wood tones—making it another one of the best office colors out there. Consider painting all the walls a pale blue to set the tone. It’s not an overpowering color, so good for an all-over wall color versus an accent wall. Then, add blue artwork, a rug with varied shades of blue, along with blue and white decor on your bookcase.

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Dark & Moody

Greys and black are serious, creating a sense of both studiousness and drama. While a color scheme of greys and blacks is rather dark and moody, it’s actually a great palette for offices where serious work takes place and you’re handling important matters!

How to incorporate dark and moody colors into your home office:

Grey and black offices can look very sleek and masculine—so they’re great for those with minimalist and modern styles, who appreciate a dose of drama. To begin with, make sure you vary the shades of grey used to create a sense of nuanced depth in the space. Grey and black need balance, otherwise you’ll create a home office that feels depressing and dull. So, add pops of white, metallic finishes, and wood for contrast. And make sure you allow plenty of natural light in your office space, along with a few plants to add a lively pop of greenery.

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Preppy Peach

Hues of pink—like a preppy peach, soft blush, or rose petal—encourage feelings of positivity and whimsy. They give off youthful and energetic vibes. This color family can evoke happiness in a space—making it great for the home office of those who do creative work.

How to incorporate peach into your home office:

A pink color palette is great for glam, mid-century, and eclectic spaces. The key to pink is using different hues of pink throughout the space to create more depth—like a mix of peach or coral with blush or millennial pink. Accent shades of pink with neutrals (especially bright whites), along with furniture that has a lighter, airier feeling. So, no dense, heavy furniture here! Pink is feminine in nature, so add florals and softer decorative elements to compliment a pink home office.

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High Contrast Black & White

Black is a color of power and formality. White embodies simplicity and light. Together? They create a look of sophistication, style, and drama. A black and white color scheme is great for a simple office with a clean aesthetic.

How to incorporate a black and white color scheme into your home office:

A black and white palette can really be used in any style of home office, and there are many ways to bring this color scheme to life. Above, we paired white furniture against a black wall—but you could also do black furniture against a white wall. Either way, it’s a wonderfully high-contrast look. (However, if you go for a black wall, consider simply doing it as an accent wall rather than painting the whole room black!) And make sure you include black and white patterns and decorative objects in the decor as well. Then, add pops of greenery to break up the monotony of a black and white palette and to add a bit of warmth to the space.

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Warm Neutrals

Warm neutrals have a naturally calming effect. And opting for neutrals with a light yellow undertone helps promote feelings of joy, warmth, and energy. We’d say those are pretty good qualities to encourage in a work environment, don’t you think? This color palette is great for quiet work where serene solitude is key.

How to incorporate warm neutrals into your home office:

A warm neutral color scheme is ideal for a minimal home office, where you want to add a touch of warmth to minimalist style. We recommend using neutral and warm materials—like birch wood, teak, honey-colored woods, and warm metals like brass and brushed bronze. Avoid harsh contrast and make sure to take advantage of natural light in your office space. With a minimalist space, it’s important to layer in textures for visual interest—like the soft, textural rug pictured above.

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Cozy Brown

Brown is a color of simplicity, trustworthiness, warmth, and earthiness. It’s a great color palette for creating a cozy space to work. It makes your home office feel grounded and secure, so you can simply focus on getting work done.

How to incorporate cozy browns into your home office:

Cozy browns are good for rustic and traditional spaces. When going for this color scheme, incorporate lots of warm woods, leather, and earthy decor. The key is to vary the brown tones—incorporating taupes, whites, dark browns, and camel browns to avoid flatness. Adding plants to a home office like this will add that complimentary pop of natural color that goes perfectly with browns. And artwork with blues and greens also help liven up the space. In addition, warm metals—like the brass lamp pictured above—complement a color palette of cozy browns.

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Earthy Green

Earthy green is a color of hope, growth, freshness, and prosperity. Sound like characteristics you’d like to incorporate into your outlook on work?? This is a great color scheme for a home office where you want to create a sense of calm but also have serious work to get done. It’s easy on the eye, and—bonus—it also creates a great backdrop for meditation and conversation.

How to incorporate earthy greens into your home office:

Earthy green is a good color for home offices with rustic, transitional, or traditional styles. This shade of green looks good with natural, rustic wood finishes and neturals. Go for an earthy green wall—then keep the rest of your space simple. Or, if you like more color, pair it with complementary colors like yellow and different shades of green.

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Sea Foam

What do you get when you mix light blue and green? Sea foam—a charming, lighthearted color. This ocean-inspired color is easy on the eye and adds a peaceful and cheery vibe to your home office. It evokes feelings of being at the beach or on the coast, which might just put you in a headspace to focus so you can chill out and relax after work! Looking for small home office design ideas? Seafoam is a perfect subtle accent color for marking off a small space for a home office within a larger room!

How to incorporate seafoam into your home office:

Seafoam is a great color for coastal and transitional spaces, since it innately has that beachy vibe. Paint an accent wall seafoam, then pair it with neutrals and other shades of blues and greens. Natural materials, like rattan, go really well with this color as well. Keep the overall palette muted and low-contrast though—otherwise the seafoam color might start to fade out and lose its impact!

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Jewel Tones

Jewel tones are richly saturated hues. Think: sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, citrine yellow, and emerald green. They’re colors that evoke energy, power, and fun. A mix of jewel tones are great for bold personalities who exude a lot of energy when working. Too many of these colors can be a lot on the eye though, making it hard to focus—so don’t overdo it for a home office!

How to incorporate jewel tones into your home office:

This color scheme works great with glam, transitional, and eclectic styles. Rather than painting your walls a bold color, add pops of jewel tones in the decor, curtains, rug, and furniture instead. Balance out the jewel tones with neutrals and greys, along with woods and metals, for a cohesive look.

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Dark Blue

Dark blue is a peaceful and imaginative color that can help reduce stress. It can also be seen as secure and serious, making it a great color for focus and serious work. But, at the same time, it has a calming effect that balances out the serious side.

How to incorporate dark blue into your home office:

We love the idea of a dark blue wall in a home office; in our opinion it’s another one of the best office colors out there, and goes with just about any style. Just make sure you balance it out with neutrals—like white, black, and grey—and don’t overload your space with other colors. But you could add variations of other shades of blue in the art and decor, along with pops of white and greenery. Dark blue is a muted but dark color, so make sure you add lots of light to your home office to balance it out—both ambient and natural.

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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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15 Clever Home Office Ideas for Small Apartments

When it comes to decorating small apartments, one of the most common dilemmas is finding a way to make room for a home office. It makes sense especially with more and more people working from home.

In small spaces, the most important thing is to make sure your office takes up minimal floor space. That means choosing small apartment furniture and decor that help you maximize square footage, such as a bookshelf that doubles as a computer desk or stacking floating shelves that utilize your vertical wall space. It also means you’ll have to get creative with your interior design approach, whether it’s having your bedside table double as a desk or creating a corner in your living room that has a table and chair setup that’s fit for work and for meals. From there, you’ll want to work in functional storage, such as baskets and boxes that can be stowed away easily.

If it all sounds a little daunting, don’t worry. We’re here to help. No matter your space, we’ve got plenty of small apartment design ideas for your work space to be! Read on and get inspiration from some of our favorite tiny home office spaces and pick up clever small room desk designs along the way.

small apartment designA Place To Create

If you live in a one-bedroom apartment, one of our favorite small office design ideas is to integrate your workspace in the bedroom instead of in your more-public living room.

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Why This Design Works:

  • The desk and workspace occupies its own small zone along a wall but it still ties into the rest of the bedroom furniture stylistically, giving the space a cohesive look.
  • The wall shelves make for functional storage that doesn’t take up floor space, which means you can add more decorative storage, such as easy-to-move baskets and bins.
  • The desk can also easily double as a vanity or display surface for art when not in use.

The Best Part: It’s especially great if you enjoy having people over on the regular. This gives you a workspace in a private setting that’s totally separate from your entertaining and lounge area.

small apartment designA Double-Duty Station

Need ideas for making the most of your furniture in a small bedroom? Try placing a small desk next to your bed for a workspace that doubles as your nightstand.

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Why This Design Works:

  • Two nightstands aren’t always possible in a petite space. But you’ll get the same amount of storage (if not more) with a desk with two drawers (or more).
  • Curated accents make all the difference when decorating small apartments, so make room for a chic table lamp, colorful artwork, or a cool tapestry.
  • A desk also gives you a huge surface to corral your electronics, stacks of books, and your nighttime beauty products all within easy reach!

The Best Part: Think of this as the ultimate two-in-one office setup for a small bedroom. Not only does it save space, but it also adds function as a spacious bedside table with storage!

small apartment designAn Urban Home Office

With tiny studio apartments, creating an office in one open space that’s used for living, dining, and working requires clever furniture arrangements that use both horizontal and vertical space!

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Why This Design Works:

  • This mounted ladder desk next to the bed is perfect for small spaces as it doesn’t take up room while utilizing the wall space above for storage.
  • The sleek and minimal appeal of the wall desk doesn’t visually clutter up the room.
  • This is versatile in small spaces in that the ladder desk will look just as good next to a bed as it does alongside a sofa.

The Best Part: If you have high ceilings (and even if you don’t), this setup will make your room feel more open and airy. This trumps any ideas you might entertain of having an actual desk.

small apartment designA Bedroom Corner Desk

For a chic take on the bedside desk look, take a cue from this modern and glamorous room. It’s a functional and fab approach that we see working in any small apartment design.

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Why This Design Works:

  • The Mid-Century style desk next to the bed is vanity first, work surface second, nightstand last. And it serves all those functions with style to spare.
  • Instead of a table lamp, a hanging pendant light takes up no surface space while doubling the lighting for the desk and the bed.
  • Despite all the patterns and accents, the varying neutral tones provide a monochrome palette that makes the small space feel cozy but not cramped.

The Best Part: Lean into the power of a neutral palette, which is calming and comforting in a small space. Start with a beige desk and get creative with your color ideas for bedding and art.

small apartment designA Working Nook

Who doesn’t love an office nook? With small spaces, there often will be awkward corners and alcoves that are tricky to decorate. One solution? Make them mini tucked-away office spaces.

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Why This Design Works:

  • The writing desk and chair add instant function to an otherwise unused corner.
  • Without having to make room for an office elsewhere, this setup maximizes floor space.
  • The shelving over the staircase in this nook area is an extension to the office nook and provides convenient storage for books and office supplies.

The Best Part: Any sort of table and chair combination can work. Play around with some ideas, like a round bistro table and a pair of side chairs or even a console table and a stool.

small apartment designA Practical Entryway Office

Small spaces call for innovative design ideas. You can’t beat the convenience and function of this small home office design in the entryway of a tiny apartment!

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Why This Design Works:

  • The office area makes smart use of vertical space, from the desk and wall shelving to the adjacent bookcase. There’s lots of room for storage all around.
  • Bar-height options make great desks for small spaces because they occupy a smaller footprint.
  • Everything also enhances the entryway in that the rug is a durable foundation, the desk can be a catchall, and the bookcase can be used for both everyday and office storage.

The Best Part:  This is a great multipurpose solution if you don’t need a dedicated entryway. And if you have other ideas for the furniture, go for it! Just pick tall pieces that are space-saving.

small apartment designA Hidden Home Office

File this under best small space office ideas. This under-the-stairs corner desk nook brings function to an awkward area you might find in a duplex or small apartment design with a mezzanine.

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Why This Design Works:

  • This tucked-away office works nicely as an extension to the living room while maximizing all the square footage possible in the under stairs space.
  • The practical yet industrial office furniture turns the workspace into a focal point that’s just as stylish as the rest of the room.
  • It feels like a private dedicated work space with plenty of storage despite being in an open living area.

The Best Part: A small desk on wheels is perfect for small spaces since you can easily move it around to serve other functions when needed.

small apartment designA Hallway Home Office

For a small apartment design consisting of one overall open concept room, try this sophisticated home office set up in the hallway corridor leading in from the entryway. You can even get crafty and use a console table as a desk for small room designs like this one.

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Why This Design Works:

  • This compact home office makes use of narrow and tall furniture, such as the desk and bookcase, which take up minimal wall space that would have otherwise gone unused.
  • The hanging mirror conveniently turns the spot into an entryway catchall.
  • The stool slides neatly under the table and doesn’t block the flow from the entry into the living room. You can also explore other ideas for seating, like garden stools or poufs.

The Best Part: If industrial style isn’t your thing, opt for furniture in a style that suits your taste. Just be sure to stick to slender pieces that line up minimally against your walls.

small apartment designA Collaborative Work Zone

Need design ideas for a small living room workspace? Try this makeshift coworking corner floating desk in your own small apartment. It’s one of our favorite ideas for a workspace that’s also a breakfast spot.

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Why This Design Works:

  • You can easily mix and match a cafe table with different chairs to build out this work corner in your small space. Or use furniture you already have!
  • This workspace can be used for different purposes when needed, like as a game table or for a meal.
  • Because all the pieces are so versatile and moveable, it doesn’t take up any room at all. In fact, it takes up practically zero square footage out of all our ideas.

The Best Part: This is a low-lift approach to a workspace that’s great if you’re not looking to splurge on furniture. You just need a few pieces that you can arrange together as needed.

small apartment designA Floating Home Office

Even when decorating small apartments, floating or suspending your home office area in the living room, like this workspace behind the sofa, can make for a smart and stylish solution.

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Why This Design Works:

  • Instead of a console table, a writing desk behind the sofa adds an instant work zone to the room that always feels organic. Plus the two drawers add extra storage for office supplies.
  • When out of wall space, this is a great way to integrate a functional office spot into a small apartment design, where it’s part of the living and entertaining space.
  • This maximizes the space behind a sofa, another tricky space, that would otherwise be unused.

The Best Part: If we’re talking about ideas for partitioning or dividing up a room into zones, a desk is probably the chicest in our book given it’s practical, space-saving, and totally stylish.

small apartment designA Statement-Making Office

Looking for a bold and elegant way to create an office space in your small apartment? This neutral and studio apartment does just that with a shelf-desk that’s both functional and chic.

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Why This Design Works:

  • The built-in desk on the bookshelf is the ultimate space-saving office hack as it doesn’t take up any floor space. These are our favorite desks for small spaces.
  • The pair of tall bookcases are eye-catching and practical at once, serving as stylish displays and wall storage while also offering up a small space work surface.
  • The statement armchair and clean-lined coffee table are the main furniture pieces that stand out in the room. They help balance out the office area as additional focal points.

The Best Part: In terms of small apartment design ideas, this is a seamless way to integrate an office space into a studio. It not only maximizes space but also storage with the bookshelves.

small apartment designA Home Office With A View

One of the best things about decorating small apartments is that you’re forced to only shop for furniture and designs that are top-notch for you. That’s exactly the case with this alcove office.

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Why This Design Works:

  • Despite being sparsely furnished, this office space, with the small writing desk by the window, is a nice extension off of a living room that feels warm and inviting.
  • You can easily turn the console table into a display when not in use as a work surface.
  • The key interior design element is the row of windows, which lets tons of natural light in the room as well as serve up an amazing view of the outdoors.

The Best Part: You can easily rearrange this space into a living room by simply adding a coffee table and another armchair. Swap in other small furniture and experiment with layout ideas.

small apartment designAn All-In-One Studio Space

Think of this as the ultimate studio apartment space where every square footage needs to be optimized for living, sleeping, or working. It’s one small apartment space that needs to do it all!

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Why This Design Works:

  • The high top table and chairs setup is a smart work surface here since it’s slender and has a small footprint and easily fits into a corner or off to the side of the room.
  • When not in use, the office area can be used for dining.
  • With the raised profile, you can squirrel baskets under the worktable for added storage

The Best Part: This space spotlights the pretty small things instead of the furniture. So if you’re debating what to get in your small space, skip the coffee table for the cool floor lamp.

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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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11 Ideas for When Your Home Office is also Your Guest Room

What do you do when you need a home office and a guest room but don’t have room for both? This is a common quandary when it comes to home design—especially these days with more people than ever needing to work from home! It’s rare that we have enough space at home to have a dedicated guest room AND a room for a home office, but if you have one spare room in your house you can try to make it work for both!

However, multi-purpose spaces are always tricky. Whether you are making a guest room double as an office or trying to fit an office into your actual bedroom, you want enough space to make it feel comfortable for both sleeping and working. The good news is that with some clever design tricks, you can have a functional and stylish room that works as both. Here are 11 ways to create an office and guest room layout in your home.

1. Put a Writing Desk In Your Guest Room

This office and guest room layout features a full bedroom setup: a queen bed with two nightstands for full functionality. The arrangement leaves room for a full-size desk, also. It’s a great setup for a work-from-home situation where you need an office space in your guest room or your own bedroom. It’s also a great option for hosting guests who need to work while they stay over.

The mirror above the desk adds function as it can double as a vanity. This layout works in a small space as the desk is up against the wall so it doesn’t impede the room. The desk is the same in style/colors as other pieces so it’s cohesive and feels part of the style and room’s overall look.

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office and guest room layout2. Style a Working-Meets-Lounge Space

We love how this room feels like a lounge or makeshift living room! The daybed acts as a sofa and doubles as a guest bedroom with a casual feel. Adding a reading chair in corner aids in this look and also adds function—you can work from there as well as the desk.

This look works great with a writing desk like this that’s smaller but stylish. A office and guest room layout like this could be great for a small apartment where you need a multifunctional space. The desk doesn’t take up much space or overpower the room. It still feels casual and open and there are multiple areas to relax or work from without overcrowding the space!

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office and guest room layout3. Replace Your Nightstand

A great idea for a smaller master or guest bedroom is to skip the nightstand have a desk do double-duty. We chose a desk that is small but stylish so it works as both a nightstand and workspace. (Feeling creative? Here are 8 more nightstand alternative ideas).

The color palette really pulls this room together. The blonde wood desk sports a mid-century modern form and doesn’t add visual weight to the green, white and neutral color palette. This look works in a variety of spaces, especially if you don’t need a huge desk.

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office and guest room layout4. Open Your Space Up With a Desk Area

This setup is ideal for larger guest bedrooms. The work area has lots of space for a desk, storage, and filing so you can use it as a spare desk for working from home or even as your main home office.

We added a chair in the nook to provide extra office seating for conversation or working in an alternate location in room. The layout works because this space is so big it allows for a larger work area. Plus, having the desk/work area situated across from bed makes it feel separate.

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office and guest room layout5. Know You Can Have It All

Nothing is lacking in this space! It features a full bed setup with nightstands, a large working desk, a floor mirror, and even a dresser for extra storage. This is an awesome setup for long term guests or working from home situations—there’s lots of space so you don’t have to worry about competing functions.

The room still offers space to walk around the bed so you don’t have to feel boxed into a cramped space or layout. And smart lighting options like the sconces and desk lamp as well as modern furniture help keep the space feeling open.

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office and guest room layout6. Convert a Closet Space

Sometimes you have to get clever with your space to make a home office design work for you! This office in the guest room layout cleverly uses a funky nook space, but you can also use a converted closet space for an office. Stylistically, a few decorative touches like wallpaper and a hanging lamphelp define it so your mini office feels like its own “space within a space.”

This layout is great for someone who is tight on space and has an awkward nook or unused closet that can be converted for usable space. It’s also great if you like a desk that’s not set out in the wide-open—you can tuck away and hide things a bit. The key to making this layout work is to keep the nook sophisticated in style and cohesive with the rest of the room so it doesn’t end up feeling like a cluttered corner.

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7. Go Vertical!

We really dig this chic office-meets-mini guest room space—it’s great for urban dwellers or tiny living. The daybed is compact as well as the desk so it accomplishes a lot without taking up a lot of room. The daybed could also function as sofa during the day if you like a chill spot to work.

This whole setup would fit in a small room and is super multifunctional. The vertical desk maximizes storage and function in a tall but small space and it’s an ideal solution if you don’t need a ton of surface space to work.

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8. Work, Lounge, and Sleep!

Watch out work-from-homers—this space is a triple threat! It combines a workspace, day-time living lounge, and sleep area for guests with plenty of room to spare! The desk has its own area, which makes it easy to concentrate and be separate from the rest of the room. The lounge area is big—there’s plenty of room to spread out on the floor, relax, listen to music, collaborate, etc. And the sofa pulls out to a queen bed so you can easily host overnight guests when needed.

This is perfect for those who have an occasional guest and don’t need to use the bed often. It’s also fantastic for those who want different options for where to work within the room. Just be sure you have the space for this—it’s essential to have a larger room to make a sofa bed work.

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9. Work in Chic Style

This room works well for folks who need an occasional workspace versus an everyday dedicated office. Instead of a proper desk, this room makes use of a floating shelve to serve as a clever desk hack. Just note: it’s not a huge workspace, more of a makeshift desk for short bursts of time. You could add a few baskets underneath for storage but overall it just acts as a stylish addition to a small space.

A desk like this could be used for vanity as well with a mirror placed above it. You can also use it as a shelf when not used as a desk, and since it’s floating it doesn’t take up much floor space!

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10. Work in Sunshine

If you enjoy working in natural light, you’ll love this open workspace in the bedroom. The daybed acts as both a bed and lounge and is low enough that it doesn’t block any light from the windows. It could be used for working, collaboration, etc. The desk is cohesive and stays in style with the space so it feels like it’s part of the room instead of a sad office corner. It’s also on the small side and makes a good writing desk or a temporary work station.

You can enjoy the views out the window or take cat-nap on daybed! This is a good layout for guests who need to use a desk while they stay over or for those who don’t mind sharing a small space.

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11. Let Creativity Flow

This office and guest room layout option offers a stylish blend of comfort and functionality. The bed is the focal point but the desk is a stylish addition to space—it adds practicality and makes good use of wall space. The look works best with a desk that is long but not deep—perfect for a wall space work area.

Placing a shelf above the desk and baskets on the floor add extra storage and an easy place for decor. And the arrangement is ideal because you can look out the window and enjoy scenery while you work. This layout would be great for art projects or working from home in a creative and inspiring space! It feels whimsical and youthful so you can let your imagination run wild.

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Design Tips to Make Working From Home More Productive

working from home As our community across the world is dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, many of us are facing a new reality of working and living completely at home. And while we know the ability to shelter in place and work remotely is a privilege not everyone has, we also know that working from home can be its own challenge.

This is especially true as many of us are also balancing homeschooling our kids, co-working with a partner, and trying to keep our sanity all at the same time. That’s why now, more than ever, we think it’s so important to have a home that is comfortable and inspiring.

Setting up a designated office space can go a long way in maximizing your productivity during these uncertain times. A physical place where you get down to business can help you make the mental transition to “work mode” and can make balancing life and work at home a bit easier.

To help you create a home office that works as hard as you do, we rounded up 10 of our best home office and working from home tips. We hope they can help you make the most out of your space and stay productive during this time at home.

office layout1. Find an Ergonomic Set-Up

Function and comfort are key to any good office. Set yourself up for success with a workspace where your monitor is at eye-level and you can sit upright in a comfortable chair.

2. Location, Location, Location

Your office doesn’t have to be a separate room, but a dedicated space to get in the zone is important. Try working from your dining table or even incorporate an office into your living room or even your bedroom.

home office in living room3. Utilize the “Cloffice”

Sometimes you need a quiet space to take a call or just have a moment alone to yourself. This can be difficult if you don’t have an extra room to escape to, but consider re-thinking spaces you might not have considered at first glance.

One of our favorites is using an awkward nook, an empty corner, or even a larger closet as an office space (aka the “cloffice”) to take a phone call or as a meditation spot. A few touches can really go along way to spruce up these spaces. Try adding a lamp and a floor pillows, and voila—an empty corner is now a cozy nook.

4. Switch Up Your Scenery

Get a change of scenery throughout the day, just like you would at the office. Consider taking calls and eating meals in another room or even outside. If you have a counter height bar utilize it as a standing desk. You can even make the switch from your office to the dining table half-way through the day for a change of pace.

office layout5. Invest in Good Lighting

A well-lit workspace is a must. Find a sturdy desk lamp to keep your space illuminated (you can borrow one from other areas of your home) and even consider setting up your desk in an area that gets lots of natural light.

6. Keep Clutter Contained

Working in a cluttered space can kill your productivity. Before you start your day take a moment to organize your space. We find loose papers are the number one culprit of disorganization, so consider using a notebook or investing in an organizer to keep things neat. Filing cabinets, baskets, and desk organizers are also great ways to help keep your space tidy!

working from home7. Add a Personal Touch

Invest in creating a space that you enjoy spending time in. This could mean hanging family photos or art that inspires you, adding decorative accents to personalize the space, or even adding a plant into the mix for a dose of relaxing vibes.

8. Structure Your Day

Get ready like you’re about to head into the office. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on clothes that aren’t your pajamas… This will put you in a working mindset and ensure your all-set for video calls! Try to take regular breaks throughout the day and even build in a fake “commute” to help you mentally transition between your workday and leisure time.

working from home9. Face-Time is Important

Social contact outside of work is a must! This might look like phone calls with your family, video chat “happy hours” with friends, or making time for family dinners and date night.

10. Give Yourself Compassion

This is a difficult time filled with a lot of stress and anxiety for many of us. Remember to give yourself compassion and recognize that you’re doing your best to get through this difficult moment. Take advantage of the many resources available to help cope with anxiety, keep yourself grounded by using this time to learn a new skill, and stay connected with your community. Most importantly, remember that we’re all in this together!

 

We here at Modsy want to be a source of inspiration and positivity during these difficult and unsettling times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email (hello@modsy.com) or on social media to let us know what kind of content you’d like to see from us. 

And, as always, if you want expert guidance on making your home a comforting and functional space, our designers are ready to help. Simply start your project and we can begin designing your home 100% virtually. Stay safe and healthy!

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

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

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

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

office layoutThe Standard Desk-Against-the-Wall Layout

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

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

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

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office layoutDesk Space in an Under-Stair Nook

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

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

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office layoutL-Shaped Desk Office Layout

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

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

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

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office layoutHome Office in a Pass-Through Space

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

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

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office layoutThe Perpendicular Desk Layout

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

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

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

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office layoutThe Executive Suite Office Layout

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

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

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office layoutDual Work and Play Office Layout

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

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

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

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office layoutBistro Home Office Set-Up

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

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

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

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

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

modern office1. Modern Rustic Office

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

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

2. Bright and Cheery Office

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

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

mid-century modern home office3. Modern and Bold Office

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

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

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4. Home Office For Two

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

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

5. The Work + Lounge Office Space

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

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6. Eclectic and Modern Workspace

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

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

7. Simple Styling Office Nook

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

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

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My Modsy Story: Creating the Perfect Home Office in a Brand New “Forever Home”

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When she started working from home, Sarah was ready for a home office that she loved. See how she brought the space of her dreams to life.

Homeowner: Sarah O, Accountant

Location: Canandaigua, NY

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Refined Rustic

The Backstory

My husband and I were moving from a 2 bedroom condo in Boston, MA to a 4 bedroom home in Canandaigua NY. We brought a few pieces from our old space to the new one, but overall the house was a blank canvas and we had lots of empty space to fill.

We also knew we wanted to make this our “forever home,” so we were ready to invest in the design and wanted to get it just right. To top it off, I was starting a new role that meant I’d be working remotely and I wanted to make sure I had a home office setup that I loved.

Sarah’s space before

The Design Dilemma

Knowing that I’d be working from home a majority of the time, I wanted an office where I could stay focused and relaxed. I’ve never had my own office before and I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start!

I knew I wanted it to be something feminine but also not over the top. Since I was without a clear idea, I wanted to envision some different possibilities for the space before investing in furniture and getting it set up. But I’m such a visual person, all I could see was empty space and I couldn’t visualize any ideas for the room.

home office modsyThe Modsy Moment

I saw an ad for Modsy online and it sounded like the perfect solution to my problem! I read a few reviews and looked at pictures of how the process worked so I was very excited to get started.

It seemed like Modsy offered the ideal solution where I could see how everything would come together in a design without spending a fortune and having to deal with returns while I made up my mind.

home office modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Sarah

I LOVED my first set of designs. They gave me totally new ideas for my office that I never would have thought of before. I really struggled with what would fit in the room, where to put things, and which elements would make the best use of the space.

I never would have thought of an open bookcase, but our designer, Rebecca, suggested it and it is the perfect solution. She answered my countless questions and was so attentive in listening to my feedback in order to create my dream room! She was also super helpful in finding pieces that worked for my budget and that I absolutely love.

I ended up keeping the exact layout and I purchased most of the items she suggested. My office looks pretty much exactly like my final Modsy design! The process of ordering furniture through Modsy was very seamless and the products arrived really quickly. It was so convenient to be able to do it all online – and the prices were affordable too.home office modsy

home office modsyThe Real Results

My office feels amazing. It’s exactly what I wanted and I absolutely love going into my own work space every morning. It is so tranquil and organized, I have tons of storage to keep everything in its place so it doesn’t get cluttered.

Rebecca also helped me pick out the new paint color. With that and all the other pieces in the room the space has the perfect feminine touch I was looking for. Overall, Modsy helped me tap into my design style and feel confident that I was buying all the right things for my home office. Thanks Modsy!

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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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7 Design Hacks for When Your Bedroom is also Your Home Office

bedroom office designWouldn’t it be nice if your morning commute consisted of simply waking up and walking a few steps across the room? With the work-from-home trend on the rise, that dream is becoming a reality for many people! And whether you’re working full-time from home, need a place to study, or just want a dedicated space that isn’t your sofa to answer emails, a home office is a great solution to limit distractions and get your brain into work-mode.

Unfortunately, not everyone has an extra room they can dedicate to a home office. But, with a little creativity, you can create an office space in your bedroom! Surprising as that may sound, your bedroom can be that peaceful spot you need, away from the distractions of the main living area. Ready to get to work? Here are 7 ways to create a bedroom that also doubles as a comfortable and stylish office.

bedroom office designMaster Bedroom Office Design

If you have a spacious master bedroom, consider incorporating a full desk set-up for your workday. You can make use of an open wall or, even better, a wall with windows because who doesn’t love working with a view?

But don’t let your workspace cramp your bedroom style. Make sure you have enough space to walk around and pick furniture that won’t be an eyesore. Look for a chair that tucks under the desk to create more space when you’re not working. And a desk with plenty of storage to tuck away supplies will help you strike the perfect work-life balance, visually.

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bedroom office designSmall Bedroom With a Desk Space

If you’ve got only a small bedroom to work with, try swapping out your nightstand for a desk. This gives you all the functionality of both a desk and nightstand in one and it also means you have one less furniture piece to purchase! If you go for this set-up, be sure to place your reading lamp on the inside edge of the desk to keep it accessible for both working and reading in bed.

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bedroom office designHome Office With a Sofa Bed

Guest rooms are great, but they can feel like a waste of space the other 350 days of the year when you don’t have visitors. If this sounds familiar, make your guest room work year-round as your home office!

You can either go the route of a full-sized bed with a desk set-up, or – if you plan to use this office on the regular – try designing a space with a sofa bed to create a fully-functional office that can quickly convert to a guest room when needed.

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bedroom office designOffice With a Daybed

If you have a room that’s super tight on space, consider an office with a daybed. Without a full-size bed, you can incorporate a larger desk, a bookshelf, and a comfortable chair without feeling too cramped. The daybed has a smaller footprint and offers a place to relax during working hours and the flexibility of a sleeping space for the occasional couch-surfing guest.

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bedroom office designBookcase With a Desk

If you think you absolutely don’t have room for a workspace, think again! This design sneaks an office space into even the smallest bedrooms or living rooms, and it can even fit into an entryway or pass-through space. What is this magical solution? A wall-mounted bookcase!

Many bookcase models come with an option that features a desk in place of lower shelves. This makes for a handy workspace that won’t take up extra floor space. This is also a great way to combine functional storage with a workspace. Now all you need it to find a comfortable chair (or steal one from your dining room table) and voila! Your very own home office.

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bedroom office designWorkstation in a Kid’s Room

Kids rooms can quickly get cluttered up with all kinds of stuff – but there’s no arguing that your budding scholar needs a proper workspace, too! If your kiddo doesn’t need a huge desk, you can try tucking a simple and sleek option into the corner. Even take a cue from small spaces and make it double as a nightstand. This way, they have a designated place to tackle homework or get creative with some arts and crafts.

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bedroom office designDesk Under a Loft Bed

Got a teenager who wants their space to feel grown-up and trendy? This cool, loft bedroom office design might do the trick. The empty space below the top bunk is the perfect spot for a cozy desk set-up that will also save floor space. This is also a great way to extend the life of the bunk bed you just bought a few years ago!

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Rustic home office ideas

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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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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