How To Set Up Your Home Office Space
Gone are the days of commuting and working in a cubicle or office in a high-rise building. We’ve been ushered into an era in which a hop, skip, and jump from the kitchen to your laptop constitutes a commute – and a corner of your room of choice is the new corner office. Perhaps you’ve been working from home these past few months but haven’t taken the time to establish an effective home office setup. The good news is this: It’s easier than you may think to create a working space. Here are a few tips and tricks to follow so that you can create a dedicated home office and increase your productivity.
“If your living room sofa has long doubled as your work from home space, I can help you set up a dedicated home office. It’s easier than you may think – and it just might increase your productivity.” — Alejandro, Design Expert, DWR West Hollywood Store
Choose the right room for your home office
Productivity often hinges on the absence of distractions (e.g., a spouse, children, roommates, or pets), so the best home office working environment is one that occupies a separate space in your house or apartment. This likely rules out the kitchen counter or the living room sofa. If possible, find a space that’s infrequently used to establish your work from home setup. Consider a guest room, dining room, study, basement, or even a closet.
A guest room can easily be converted so that it doubles as both an office and a place for guests to stay. If you have a dining room that’s used only on occasion, consider adding a secretary desk to the dining area. Incorporate a practical workspace, like a table desk and ergonomic chair, into your home’s study or library. Perhaps you have a finished basement? With proper lighting and furnishings that add warmth, a basement can also serve as an effective office. A large closet will even do the trick. Over the course of the past few months, many people have turned their closets into home offices or podcast studios. Yours, too, could be repurposed for working from home.
Home Office Desks
A desk is the most important (and, probably, most obvious) necessity for a home office. There are a few styles from which to choose.
If your office space is part of your living room, dining room, or guest room, it’s often best to choose a desk and chair that coincide with the room’s interiors. Consider desk sets to maintain a cohesive aesthetic. On the other hand, if you’re outfitting a separate area (a closet, perhaps?), take advantage of the opportunity to get creative with furnishings and decor that reflect your personal aesthetic.
Design a home office space for two
Are you working from home with a spouse, partner, or roommate? Don’t worry, designing a shared home office for two is feasible. As with any office, organization is key. If you need a home office desk for two, choose a table desk that can seat people on either side. This way, neither person is distracted by the other’s computer screen. If you have ample room, create a dual office desk by arranging two matching pieces in an “L” formation.
To maintain a cohesive aesthetic, opt for two chairs that either match or share the same aesthetic. Remember, streamlined pieces will fit better in small spaces. For storage, select sleek boxes and trays, but play with colors to add personality to each person’s workspace.