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

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

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

Sharing Is Caring

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

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Wide Open Spaces

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

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

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Small Space, Big Style

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

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

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Modern Modalities

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

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

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(Leg) Room For Two

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

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

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What Dreams Are Made Of

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

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

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Everyday I’m Side-Hustling

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

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

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Room To Grow

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

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

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A Coordinated Effort

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

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

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Stunning Symmetry

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Right Desk

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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A Comfortable Desk Chair

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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Filing Cabinet

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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Open Bookcases

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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Analogue Clock

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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Small Organization Solutions

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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Task Lighting

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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A Soothing Color Palette

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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Inspirational Art

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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A Place To Take Breaks

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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Plenty of Plants

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

It’s a “must-have” because…

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

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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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12 Modern Home Office Design Ideas

Raise your hand if you’ve been unexpectedly working from home for weeks! While some people were probably prepared with beautiful home offices, many of us don’t have offices at home and are in need of some impromptu home office design ideas.

But just because we’re pulling together home office designs on the fly doesn’t mean they have to look makeshift or thrown together! With a little thought, you can make your home office both beautiful and functional. And, with all the time at home, it’s extra important to make your home office as functional as possible so life runs more smoothly. To help, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite modern home office design ideas of the month to get you inspired.

modern home office designA Workspace For Two

We love this refined mid-century modern home office design, with its natural light, neutral color palette, and pops of black. This is a great home office design for when you and a partner or roommate have to share a workspace. This interior has two desks, but since they’re across the room from each other, there’s plenty of separation for individual focus.

The open layout adds airiness and calm to this office, while the daybed and c-table offer a corner to lounge and rest when you need a break—or just give you a change of pace if you want to work away from your desk for a bit! (The daybed also lets this office space double as a guest bedroom, one of our favorite design ideas!) Adding a bookcase to office designs also offers storage space for work files and whatever else you need to keep close at hand. And adding a few plants to your office can help create a sense of calm in the midst of busy workdays!

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modern home office designMoody + Modern Office Design

Traditional and industrial elements combine in this moody modern home office. The dark color palette is a bold move—but perhaps it’s just the intensity you need to get a lot of work done! We love the look of monochromatic greys with metallic touches.

This modern office features different zones, which we really love for getting the most function out of the square footage. There’s the formal study area, with a large desk and modern office chair for when you need to focus or log onto a video call. But there’s also the sofa for when you’re casually working and want to put your feet up. And the bench in front of the window creates a nice makeshift seat for reading or taking calls. The bookcases help frame the window zone, and add storage to display decorative objects.

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modern home office designA Working Office Nook

Sometimes, you have to work with what you’ve got. And in the case of this small home office design, we turned a nook into a modern home office space. But just because your home office is small doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style, as this mid-century modern nook is proof of. This compact workspace looks nice in an open living space while also giving your office supplies a dedicated space. All in all, it’s one of our favorite living room home office ideas!

We love that this compact but functional desk adds storage above your workspace, making use of vertical space. And though visually it feels like a big piece, when it’s tucked in the corner it really doesn’t take up much square footage. Pairing the desk with a bench adds extra seating for children who want to be nearby or if you need to get away from your screen for a few minutes. It also adds a flexible, moveable seating option for whatever room this workspace is tucked in!

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modern home office designModern Home Office Blues

Many people, when they think of mid-century modern interior design, think neutrals. But we love the idea of a modern pop of light blue to add a breezy, fun feeling to an otherwise neutral office design. Plus, with the use of blue, the white elements shine even more.

We love that this modern desk has loads of built-in storage to keep clutter at bay and help you stay organized. Pairing your desk with a wall-mounted bookcase adds additional storage for your office supplies. Stash a few baskets on your shelves to keep cords and other electronics organized! But you don’t have to stop at practicality. Layering in a rug anchors the office space and adds an element of softness—plus a fun pattern that ties in with the wall color. And the mirror, while unexpected in an office, helps open up the space by reflecting light and creates intentionality in what might otherwise be an unused corner of your modern home office design.

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Bold Home Office Focus

This modern and minimal home office design makes a huge visual impact despite its small size. The statement artworks behind the desk create a focal point in the room and really sets the tone for the design. And, since they’re so large, you don’t have to add more decor to the space.

The modern glass, L-shaped desk is streamlined and helps make this small office feel larger. And floating it away from the wall gives an executive air to the design. Meanwhile, the poufs add a soft touch to the hard edges in this room. They also create a casual and versatile seating option for when you have people pop into your home office!

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Mid-Century Avocado Office

The pops of green add a lively and retro touch to the mid-century modern design of this home office. The minimal and modern desk is both sleek and practical, and the wall-mounted bookcase gives you some extra storage and display space.

Meanwhile, the iconic egg-style chair gives you a space to read and rest within your home office and makes perfect use of the corner of this room. For an added artistic element, consider propping art on your desk and leaning it against the wall—one of our favorite unexpected interior design ideas!

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modern home office designModern And Muted Home Office

This eclectic and modern home office has some seriously chill vibes. The monochromatic color scheme in olive green feels natural but adds a serene effect—perfect for keeping you on task.

And we love this rustic modern desk, with its unexpected combination of live-edge wood top and ultra-modern angular legs. Pairing it with the plush green velvet office chair adds to the eclectic and monochrome looks in a way that’s still refined. But the arched bookshelf, in a similar finish to the desk, adds an element of cohesiveness. Overall, this is a good office layout idea for inspiring productivity.

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Bright And Compact Home Office

Even if you don’t have room for a full-on home office, you can still create a chic space to designate for work. This minimal and mid-century modern style workspace is a perfect example. The neutral color scheme, with pops of brass and black for contrast, keep this space feeling clean and modern.

For small home office designs, we love opting for a bar-height desk, so you can stash a filing cabinet or other storage beneath the desk. Adding some shelves above the desk gives you a little extra room to personalize the design. And going for a floor lamp rather than a desk lamp allows you to have task lighting while keeping the desk surface free of clutter—a must-have for small home offices!

Need more home office storage ideas? Add a few baskets on the floor to give you even more stashable storage! Overall, this set-up feels casual and youthful, but still very chic. It’s great for small apartments or homes without an extra room to dedicate as an office. And, with its small footprint, it could even be tucked in or near an entryway, like it is in this space!

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modern home office designA Modern Greyscale Home Office

Strong geometric lines and a monochromatic color scheme create a dramatic minimal modern home office. We love how the rich ebony wall color allows the white and chrome desk to pop, creating beautiful contrast. And, since this approach is pretty stark, we highly recommend adding in greenery for some texture and pops of green.

Stylistically, the furniture is very streamlined, with bold angles and clean lines—giving this home office a very minimal aesthetic. But the mix of storage and decorative objects warms it up and gives the space a more personal touch.

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modern home office designGlammed-Up Mid-Century Modern Home Office

This mid-century modern home office has a touch of eclectic glam—and we absolutely love it. Glam and modern styles make a perfect pair with this desk—note the wood top and golden sawhorse legs. A sheepskin rug and gallery wall lend a hint of eclectic to this office idea, plus a little pattern and character.

Meanwhile, the layout of this home workspace gives the place a more formal air—with the floating desk and multi-functional cabinet. And, while white walls can feel stark, the warm wood tones of the furniture warm up the office design with ease. This is the perfect set-up for a pass-through space in your home!

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modern home office designModern Home Office Collaboration

Need room for two? This mid-century modern home office has you covered. This communal desk acts as a table, and putting a chair on either side allows for creative collaboration or just two workspaces for the price of one! But it’s also not so large that it would seem absurd to use it as a solo desk when needed.

A trio of wall-mounted bookcases adds lots of storage to this office. While you can utilize all of the shelves for books and decor, we like the idea of lining the bottom shelves with baskets for stashable storage that helps hide clutter! This is the perfect approach for a shared home office space when you only have room for one desk. It’s also one of our favorite office ideas for a place to work on homework with kids!

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Small Space, Big Style

Just because you don’t have a ton of room for a home office doesn’t mean you have to skimp on desk space. This mid-century inspired office has some lovely modern touches—but it’s the oversized desk that we really love. It offers so much space to work, perfect for those who need to spread out. And it also makes for a great after-hours craft table!

This is a good set-up for home office designs with slanted ceilings. Using wall-mounted shelves makes use of the one wall that is taller, giving you space to store books and decorative objects. Leaning art on your desk is perfect for when walls are too short for art while adding a pop of color and personality to your space. And tucking a petite file cabinet beneath the desk makes use of the huge under-desk space while helping keep you organized!

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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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Home Office Design: 8 Ideas for Home Offices that Meet Your Style Needs

office designWith the gig economy, freelancing, and remote work on the rise, more and more people in the world are making sure they have room for an office space at home! It’s a great way to give yourself a comfortable and productive space to do business when you don’t have to travel to an office. If you are planning to set up a home office space, you might be wondering what kind of office design is best for you. Everyone has different needs for their work or business, so it’s important to consider a few key elements as you’re creating your office design.

First of all, a home office has to work for you and your needs—but no one ever said it has to be sterile and boring! In fact, a dull atmosphere might even stifle your creativity and productivity. Your office design should reflect your tastes and personal style—it should be a place where you feel relaxed, energized, balanced and happy. We are strong believers that creating a stylish and beautiful home office can do wonders for your well-being.

A great home office design will also enhance your productivity. You want to make the most of your work space, whether you’re using it to run a business, do occasional freelance work, or simply take care of bills and general household management. Your office design should be functional and conducive to your particular needs and workflow—it’s all about creating a space that serves you, whether you are running a company, setting up a studio, or doing creative work.

Don’t let a cluttered, boring or stuffy office design stifle your productivity and inspiration! The right balance of style, seating, and function in your office design can shape your mood and your attitude about work—so have fun with it! If you need a little inspo, check out these 8 home office designs that we’re considering the best of the month!

office designThe Look: Less is More Chic

This is one of our fave office designs for those who want to make a statement with their space.  We’re super into the perfect mix of curated art and eye-catching glam. It’s a high-drama look with pops of gold, lots of contrast and eclectic accessories that show off your personal tastes. This is an office design that’s not afraid to take risks—just look at all that monochrome power clashing and the curvy, white desk chair.

Eclectic room accessories are essential to this look—the variety of shapes lead the eye around the room just like a curated gallery space. And we can’t stop gushing over these fabulous marble walls! The nearly-invisible desk floating in the center is the key to pulling off this office design—but it also means your desk has zero storage space. Fear not—the display shelves can be mix-use or you can add stylish baskets and boxes to keep your office space organized with extra storage.

The stark black and white color palette perfectly contrasts with the soft marble finish. High-contrast office design like this gives off an air of refined taste and pops of gold glam add just the right amount of bling. Adding a dynamic piece of wall art as a backdrop in your home office is a killer power-move. (Bonus: it also works as a strong background for video-conferencing).

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The Look: Rustic Warmth

This office design feels cozy and rustic with all the natural wood, woven textures, and its neutral, earthy color palette. Mixing in the clean, contemporary lines of the desk, club chair, and leather pouf give the space a more tailored aesthetic. The dark wood perfectly complements the leather pouf to add balance and the brass lamp draws the eclectic mix of decor together.

Earthy, rustic elements help ground this office design while the blue-gray striped rug, accent wall, and pillow add cool tones to your world of work. And we love the convertible office layout because the space can feel slightly enclosed or you can blend it into the living area simply by turning the armchair around for additional seating—it’s an ideal office design for living-work spaces. 

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The Look: Industrial Minimalist

This dramatic look is one of our favorite office designs for maximum productivity. The furniture is pure minimalist so you don’t have to deal with any clutter while you scheme up your next business plan. And the bold but earthy color scheme is a perfect backdrop for the sharp edges and industrial vibes.

Bold colors and shapes set the stage for this work space! There’s nothing subtle about the mix of dark green, black, and natural wood accents with pops of gold to top it off. With a wall color this dark, keep the room accessories to a minimum to keep the office design from feeling too heavy. Visual tricks like the slender chair and the linework of the industrial wall art help lighten the black desk and the pale, abstract rug pattern softens the look.

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The Look: Traditionally Chic

This traditionally chic office design proves that workspaces don’t have to feel the least bit stuffy and sterile. The rug, mirror, room accessories, and dresser have a super traditional look while the desk, chair and lamp are skew more contemporary and a bit glam with pops of brass.

Traditional looks pair well with the outside world, and the lovely fresh flowers bring vibrant pops of life and color to this office design. The purple accent wall adds depth to the space and balances out the soft, mauve curtains. Instead of a stiff desk chair, we opted for this upholstered option with an extra mod form and a rolling gold base.

We picked a white desk that can function as both work area and morning prep space. The dresser does double duty as a coffee station for easy work breaks—great for a studio apartment with a tiny kitchen! The pastel color palette feels traditionally feminine and inviting and the brass accents tie classic and mod pieces together.

This office design would work perfectly in a bedroom—it can double as a work space and makeup station without crowding the room with excess furniture.

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The Look: Contemporary Minimalist

We love the organic vibes of this contemporary minimalist office design! It features tons of minimal furniture shapes, woven textures and boho vibes and it feels a little bit like a balmy, serene day at the beach.

This look is all about keeping cool, concise and compact so the furniture doesn’t overpower your small space (it would be a great idea for a studio!). The neutral and bright blue color palette is instantly inviting and works well with the mix of boho and minimalism. Using a smart, functional parsons-style desk is perfect for a college student! It’s not too bulky and the open space underneath leaves plenty of room for a closed shelf of drawers or another piece of utility furniture. Studying doesn’t feel so bad in a clean, inviting and enlivening office design like this!

If office designs need one thing, it’s definitely extra storage of all kinds. Top priority items can go on open shelves where they get attention. Woven baskets are great for crafting goods and other office supplies, and you can easily  file away documents below the desk.

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The Look: Rustic Traveler

We love the unexpected charm of this totally laid back and lovely office design! It features an awesome range of pure boho woven materials all throughout the room and the neutral and pink color palette creates a totally unique look for a workspace.

Every office design benefits from lots of natural light and placing the desk against the window means you get to enjoy a sunny work area all day—not to mention the beautiful view! Warm oranges and yellows warm up this office design and you’ll want to curl right up in the cozy hanging seating, which is sure to be a hit with company (especially kids).

Spindle desks like this crisp, white one are super on-trend in office design—and we love how seamlessly it blends into the soft, earthy palette. Hanging lighting over the desk is the perfect finishing touch—it adds a touch of drama!

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office designThe Look: Industrial Collector

This awesomely utilitarian home office might be on the small side but it doesn’t skimp on style! Industrial elements are perfect for creating functional workspaces and mod touches elevate the look. The eclectic mix of industrial, contemporary, and mid-century modern style is a great choice for a highly-visible office setup in a main living area like this.

We love the reclaimed wood and silver hardware on the elegant mid-century modern writing desk. The chair has the signature mid-century form, too, in a cool, distressed grey leather. The cool grey and black color scheme contrasts with the light wood floors and bring extra warmth to the look and pops of copper add a little refinement.

This is a great way to fit a work area into the living room without overcrowding the space. Plus, you can easily turn the desk into an impromptu bar for an easy cocktail party at a moment’s notice! We also love the adjustable or “Swing-arm” lamps—you can aim light where you need it, daytime or evening.

This office design is perfect if you have a room with an open floor plan or for parents who need to work but also watch the kids play in an open space.

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10 Ways to Make a Home Office in Your Living Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

home office in living room3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

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

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

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

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

home office in living room5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

modern office1. Modern Rustic Office

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

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

2. Bright and Cheery Office

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

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

mid-century modern home office3. Modern and Bold Office

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

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

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4. Home Office For Two

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

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

5. The Work + Lounge Office Space

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

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6. Eclectic and Modern Workspace

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

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

7. Simple Styling Office Nook

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

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

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for this Industrial Modern Home Office

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of creating two very different home office layouts to put this small space to work.

The Space: A small, square home office

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a fully functional and stylish home office layout in a very small space.

Whether you work from home full-time or just need a smart, stylish space to get work done on occasion, it’s important to have a home office layout design that meets all your workspace needs!

It’s easy to turn a small space into an optimum productivity zone, but what that actually looks like can be very different for different people. Your office design really depends on what your needs are and how you plan to use the space. We cooked up 2 layouts to give you 2 examples of very different ways to design this small home office space. Check it out and see which one works for you.

Layout Idea #1: The Executive Suite Home Office

Our first office layout is sharp, sleek, and cool—perfect for maximum productivity. The room has a minimal sleek design with a neutral color palette to keep it fresh, bright, and airy. Pops of contrast throughout help keep it from feeling bland, like the dark shelves, chair, and lamp. And the wood credenza and chair help warm everything up.

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Floating Desk. Floating the desk in the center of the room is a total power move! Be your own CEO when you’re working from home—your desk doesn’t have to be pushed against the wall. The open flow in your office layout is great if you meet with clients/need a more conversational layout. Plus, it leaves even more wall space for extra storage.

Lots of storage. The credenza and bookcase offer lots of storage, which is crucial for an office layout. Nothing puts a damper on productivity like clutter! We like a mix of closed and open storage so you can display significant items and tuck the rest out of sight.

Extra seating. We tucked in a bench against the wall for extra seating that isn’t obtrusive—just pull it into the room when you have guests. A pouf is also a great way to have a little backup seating on hand, and it also doubles as a footrest.

Will this home office layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Like a clean, minimalist design that looks sleek, serious and professional.
  • Need plenty of extra seating for entertaining clients or guests.
  • Want lots of storage to make sure the office is always clutter-free.
  • Love the powerful perch of a floating desk and a full 360-degree view of the room.

 

Layout Idea #2: The Cozy Productivity Zone

Office layout design #2 is all about creating an inviting space for creativity and concentration. The design is industrial and minimal but leans toward the cozy and cool side. It features a high contrast palette composed of an even mix of neutral tones and various blues. This is definitely a space for getting in the zone and accomplishing things. It stays stylish with industrial light fixtures, sleek furniture, and pops of comfort throughout.

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The key elements:

Desk against the wall. The desk up against the wall serves as a dedicated, productive workspace with zero distractions. This is a great office layout if you work on a monitor and have lots of cords. We included a gallery wall above the desk to offer some inspiration while you work—and you can also enjoy the view out the window.

Reading nook. A cozy reading nook is a great idea for a home office! When you need to step away from the computer, kick back in the chair, have a coffee, and read while you recharge. The pouf makes a great footrest and can also double as an extra seat.

Cozy design. This room has a super cozy design that’s ready to help you get down to business. The dark accent wall adds an enveloping feeling so your mind doesn’t wander. And it also ties in the dark frames of the windows. We added in layered textiles, like the curtains and rug, along with woven textures like the basket, pouf, and pillow, for ultimate cozy warmth. And you can’t go wrong with plants! They make you happy, freshen the air and add color to your space.

Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Prefer a dedicated workspace to get in the zone with no distractions.
  • Work on a monitor or have a lot of computer/electronic cords.
  • Want a space that helps hone your focus.
  • Love a cool, contrasting color palette and a cozy and serene space
  • Need a space like a reading nook for relaxing and recharging away from your desk.

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