Home Office Furniture Ideas

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A lot of us tend to collect individual items of furniture as we go along. We spot a nice side table that would fit in with our decor or see a need for a dining table when we outgrow the one we have! Sometimes we are in the fortunate position of buying a set of furniture at once, like a bedroom set or, as maybe the case just now you are looking for home office furniture ideas.

As with purchasing any type of furniture a lot will depend on your main requirements, these tend to be cost, functionality and size. A big room will suit a bigger furniture set, obviously, and there’s nothing worse than having an over sized desk in a room that’s too small for it. There’s also no point in buying bookcases for the whole wall unless you have books or objects to fill the space (unless of course you’re planning on a spending spree!). The cost factor is equally obvious in so much as you should have a budget and you should try to stick to it. Remember to factor in “hidden” costs such as delivery and, if flat packed style furniture the cost of assembly, unless you’re doing it yourself of course (some people, including myself, just love putting flat pack furniture together, others despise it!).

Style of course will be a factor, no point in getting the right sized furniture at the right price for it to be hideous, or not to fit in with your personal aesthetics!

There are many places who will be able to design and install office furniture for you. These, of course, all come at a price! the sky is the limit when it comes to cost as you could spend a small fortune on getting your home office right.

What are the main styles though for a home office? To give you some inspiration I’ve detailed a few layouts that may work for you………….

Against the Wall

desk against wall

Simple and straightforward the standard desk against the wall option is easy for a number of reasons. Firstly, it frees up a lot of the floor space for instance if your room being used as an office is dual-purpose. If it’s a spare bedroom then a sofa bed can easily be taken out for those guests without too much moving about. It is also a good idea for hiding all those cables which come along with a home office – power cables/ internet etc. Having the desk against the wall also increases the options when it comes to placement. With four walls to choose from in a room (normally) you should find at least one that is suitable in any room. Just watch the placement so that it’s not opposite a window where glare may interfere with the screen! I have an article HERE where I pick a few desks which may be suitable for this type of setup.

That’s Me in the Corner………………

corner desk

Putting the desk into the corner, or having an L shaped desk is perfect for making the most of a space and maximizes desk space while keeping the foot print small. This is an ideal set up for dual-purpose home office spaces. It creates an area in itself which can then be separated from the rest of the space by careful placement of a bookshelf at one end. Some L Shaped desks even come with their own built in. If space dictates that you use an existing room for your home office then a simple folding room divider would be ideal to section off the “office” during the day and then folded away in the evening opening up the space again. I have written an article on a selection of corner desks HERE which you may find useful for choosing the right one for your space.

Utilizing “Dead” Spaceunder stairs

Not everyone has the luxury of having a spare room or a free space that they can convert into a home office. The thought here is to utilize existing space that is not being used to place the home office. The picture above is a great example of clever use of the space under the stairs to put a home office set up which doesn’t encroach into the main home area. Another area that could be used is a corridor. A desk placed in a wide enough corridor doesn’t take up too much space and could easily be sued for the home office. I have seen a lot of examples where the desk folds up against the wall as well so taking up less space where possible. With the use of a laptop it becomes a lot easier to do, whereas the older desk computers would have taken up too much space (especially the monitor). One of the additional benefits of having a desk in the corridor is that it makes an ideal homework spot for children, and much easier to be kept an eye on when they are doing it too!

Standing Room Only

standing desk

Standing Desks seem to becoming more and more popular and as well as being perfect for increasing blood flow it can also be ideal for the smaller home as an alternative to the traditional office desk. A tall “bistro” style desk could easily be placed in a kitchen and used as a work desk during the day and for serving a meal at night. The higher desk would also allow for more storage underneath and perfect for those who enjoy standing to work. The modern style would fit in well in studio apartments. A tidy desk is crucial for this style though so being able to clear the desk each evening and then start afresh each morning might not be possible.

Owning The Space

perpendicular desk

If you are fortunate enough to be able to dedicate a room to your home office then even better. Having the desk perpendicular to the wall certainly creates a space in itself and gives you more room to dedicate to storage and files and such like. It also good for those who crave a little privacy with the screen facing you rather than against a wall with everyone able to see what you are (or are not) doing! with the desk remaining at one end it does make it easier for cabling too. This works well too, for those who require the room to be dual functional. With so many people homeschooling it is good to be able to work and keep an eye on the children who could be working away at a desk in the same room.

For the ultimate power statement, placing the desk in the centre of the room and “owning” the space really works best. As well as creating much more wall space it creates a much more formal “traditional” office environment. Perfect for a permanent work from home set-up or for those of us who have face to face meetings with clients. It is not ideal for those trailing cables if you have to use a computer and lights etc.

So, there we go, just a few ideas on the subject of how to best utilize the space you have to create the home office with furniture. If you have any of your own ideas or have your ideal set up, I would love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below, get in touch and lest start a conversation about what different styles work, and which ones don’t.

Take care,

Dave

Simple wfh

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