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Bringing Your Work Home: Creating a Functional and Beautiful Home Office Space

January 14, 2024
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With so many of us bringing our work home, creating  a home workspace that’s both beautiful and functional  is essential. Whether you work hybrid, remotely, or simply want a place to get work done after hours, a home office should be designed to suit your lifestyle, tastes, and needs. Regardless of whether you require a quiet space to focus, create, or host virtual meetings or a spot that’s situated close to the rest of the family, designing a space that works for you is as individual as you are.  

Designing a home work space that’s both comfortable and functional can not only help you feel productive, but it can remove the stress factor of working in cubicles, conference rooms, and under fluorescent lighting.Purpose Before you get started, it’s key to think about the purpose of your home office. If you plan to work in your home office on a daily basis, creating a dedicated space with a different look and ambiance  from the rest of your home may help you to stay focused. Being able to walk away and close the door behind you when the work day is done can help keep your work and personal life in balance. 

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Designing a multi-purpose room that's used as a part-time home office and part-time living area, on the other hand,  should be decorated to match the rest of your home—especially if it's part of an open plan layout. Location Once you’ve determined how the space will be used, the next factor to think about is where your home office ought to be located, keeping your working style, nature of your work, and the needs of the people you live with in mind. 

If your work is solitary and requires quiet and privacy, a garage, garden, or basement conversion;  an unused bedroom;  or a loft space are all viable options. If you don’t have the space for a dedicated room but still require a private area that remains an office 24/7, consider utilizing an unused  storage closet or an under-the-stairs nook that’s away from the noise and everyday goings-on of the rest of the house. 

If you run a small business from home and have small children to keep an eye on, on the other hand, a work station near the kitchen or playroom might be a good solution. Finally, if you live in an apartment and simply don't have the space elsewhere,  a well-planned corner of a bedroom or kitchen can do the trick.Whether it’s a dedicated room, a dual-purpose space, or a small study nook we’ve put together some inspirational ideas, tips, and ideas to help get you started.

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What You Need in a Home Office  

When designing a home office ask yourself these questions to establish what you need in your space.

  1. How much storage do you need?
  2. Do you require access to a library of books?
  3. Must your area be left untouched by other people in the house? 
  4. Do you often need to access physical files?  
  5. What office supplies do you need? This includes everything from pens and pencils to date books, wall calendars, and art supplies. 
  6. What tech do you need? 
  7. Will you be requiring a laptop or a desktop monitor (or several)  to do your work? 
  8. Will you need access to a fax machine? Printer? Landline phone?
  9. How much desktop space do you require? As with the previous question, will you need a large desktop area to accomodate your devices?
  10. How many charging stations will you require? 
  11. Do you need additional light sources? 
  12. Will you need any noise canceling devices or room dividers?
  13. What type of desk chair will you need?
  14. How much desk storage do you need?
  15. What ambiance do you want to surround yourself with while you work? 
  16. Do you prefer a soothing, minimalist space with few distractions or are you motivated by bright colors and cheerful decor? 
  17. Will you be holding online meetings and need a clutter-free wall behind your desk?
  18. Will you need any additional seating for visitors? 
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Select Your Desk With Care 

Choosing the best desk for your home office will involve considering how much space you have available as well as how much space you’ll need to accomplish your tasks at hand.  Be sure that the desk you select is the ideal height. A desk (or table) that is too low will cause slouching and may lead to neck and back pain and interfere  with proper posture. 

Small Space Alternatives 

Floating Desk: If you have limited space, a wall-mounted or floating desk is a great alternative. 

Mobile Laptop Desk: If you require working from a variety of areas in your home, whether it be to remain close to small children or to escape the bustling activity of family life, a mobile laptop desk is a perfect option for you.  

A utility cart or a tea trolley not only provide mobility, but the shelves beneath provide a built-in storage area. 

L-shaped / Corner Desk : If you have limited space, an L-shaped desk could be a wise solution. Keep in mind that while a corner desk will take up less real estate in a room and allow you to split the work station into two, the shape will dictate where you can sit and the space in the corner is likely wasted. You will also likely be facing a wall, which works for some people, but not everyone.  

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Active Alternatives 

From standing desks to treadmill desks, there are a multitude of options available to help you break free from the monotony of sitting in a chair all day. Not only can these alternatives improve your physical health by promoting movement and better posture, but they can also increase your mental focus and overall well-being.

Standing Desks: Standing desks are a great way to improve posture and increase productivity! If you’re tired of sitting all day, a standing desk could be the answer.Standing desks come in many different styles and sizes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your wants and needs. Plus, they’re easy to adjust, so you can switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. One of the biggest benefits of standing desks is that they promote better posture. When you sit for long periods of time, it’s easy to slouch or hunch over, which can cause back pain and other issues. Standing desks encourage you to stand up straight, which can help alleviate these problems.

Treadmill, Elliptical, and Bike Desks: You can easily mix work and exercise with innovative desk alternatives that allow you to move your body and stay productive at the same time. One such option is the standing desk bike, which combines a stationary bike with a standing desk. This allows you to pedal while you work, burning calories and increasing blood flow to your brain. Studies have shown that using a standing desk bike can improve focus, mood, and even creativity.

Another option is the under-desk elliptical, which is a compact machine that fits under your desk and allows you to pedal with your feet while you work. This is a great way to get in some low-impact exercise throughout the day, especially if you have a sedentary job. By incorporating these innovative alternatives into your work routine, you can break up the monotony of sitting all day while also improving your physical health and mental well-being. 

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Don’t Skimp on a Chair

The desk chair is one of the most important tools in your home office, l right up there with a great computer and fast wifi connection.  Just as a painter relies on quality brushes to perform their job efficiently and effectively, as an office worker, you need a quality chair to create the best “product,”  regardless if it's a blog post, website design, or a YouTube video. Afterall, if you have to stop working every half hour because you’re in pain from poor posture or lumbar support,  you’re losing valuable time, money, and hindering your overall performance. 

If you’re working with a limited budget, the desk chair is not the place to cut corners. In fact, a second hand table can work wonders as a desk, but when it comes to seating,  invest in the best chair you can afford. The benefits of a quality desk chair extend far beyond the beauty and comfort it provides. If you work from home or spend a majority of your week in an office, odds are, you’ll be spending a majority of your time sitting in an office chair. Though you can’t control the chair an employer provides in most cases, the best part of working from home is that you can set your own priorities, and your health should be at the tip of the list — even before your paycheck.  

Whether you're creating written content, sending emails, attending virtual meetings, or brainstorming, your desk chair plays a crucial role in your productivity, overall comfort, and well-being.Investing in a quality desk chair is not just a decor decision—it can have a profound impact on your health, professional success, and quality of life. 

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5 Reasons to Invest in a Quality Desk Chair 

Health: One of the most compelling reasons to invest in a quality desk chair is its impact on your health. Prolonged periods of sitting in an improper chair can lead to various health issues including back and neck pain, poor circulation, and conditions like obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Productivity: Comfortable seating encourages you to work for longer periods without needing frequent breaks. A comfortable and ergonomic desk chair can boost your productivity by minimizing distractions that come with pain and discomfort, allowing you to concentrate on your tasks. 

Customizable: One of the key advantages of investing in a quality desk chair is the ability to customize it to your specific needs. Ergonomic chairs often come with a range of adjustable features including seat height, armrests, lumbar support, seat depth and tilt, and head and foot rests. 

Longevity: Because they are constructed using durable materials and high-quality components that can withstand daily use for years, quality desk chairs can last a lifetime. While the initial investment may be higher,  you'll save money in the long run by not having to replace your chair frequently or having to stop working throughout the day to compensate for a painful seating experience.

Reflects Professionalism:  Your desk chair is not just a functional piece of furniture, it reflects your professional work ethic and personal style.  Whether you choose a new, sleek,  and modern chair or opt for a quality pre-loved traditional piece, investing in a high quality chair not only enhances your productivity— it can also boost your confidence. 

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Reduce Clutter  

Though a messy office once connoted a busy one, clutter can be quite distracting in a home office setting. But office storage doesn’t have to be metal filing cabinets anymore. Since most of your work is stored digitally, you likely require less files and minimal paperwork. Opt for storage using non-office alternative pieces like IKEA bookshelves, pine dressers, and antique armoires which hide office supplies while looking beautiful and keep you well-organized. 

Thinking outside the box using non-traditional pieces can be substantially less expensive than old-fashioned typical office furniture that you buy at stores like Staples and OfficeMax, which usually come with a higher price tag because companies assume the business is footing the bill.  Search platforms like OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, and Craig’s List or shop your local thrift shops or even your parent’s attic for furniture finds that can be purposed as home office storage.

Get Lighting Right  

When planning the lighting for your home office design, remember to allow natural light in the room to blend in with your artificial lighting. Having natural light is always preferable, but sometimes the glare from the sun can make viewing your computer screen impossible. 

When designing your home office, think carefully about your choice of window treatments. Shutters will allow you to control the amount of light coming into your home office throughout the day. Blinds block glare but still allow natural light to break through. Blackout curtains not only ensure privacy, and regulate temperature, but they're also highly effective for eliminating  glare.  

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Trending Home Office Styles for 2024

Scandi-Minimalism: Cool and minimalist designs take on a cozy, cushy feel with grays being swapped for earthy neutrals, mid-toned woods, and creamy whites in scandi-inspired design style.

Brutalism: A brutally stark look, described as a combination of industrial, mid-century modern, and architectural minimalism, Brutalism is capturing the attention of both the interior design and fashion worlds. 

Warm Minimalism: Minimalism, which has held a top spot on the list of popular interior design trends for a few years now for its clean, simple aesthetic,  is marked by straight lines, open spaces, and toned-down color palettes dominated by whites, grays, and blacks. While many people appreciate this design style for its calming effect, it can also make a space feel cold and uninviting.  Warm minimalism combines the paired-down attributes of minimalism with warm, earthy tones and cozy, organic textures. instantly warming a space so it is comforting and inviting with the added sense of simplicity. 


Scottlandcore: Moody, dramatic, cozy, and rustic, Scotlandcore, on the opposing end of the spectrum from brutalism, adds a little bit of clutter and a lot of moodiness,  treasures, and vintage accessories.

Seventies Revival: A demand for funkier office furniture during the pandemic nourished an appetite for all things retro like darker woods, lacquered surfaces, shaggy rugs, and low-to-the-ground furniture. Seventies revival is the migration of vintage and mid-century modern designs, appearing generously throughout the world of interior design. 

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Decorating with Pre-Loved Furniture Finds 

In 2020, there was a  seismic shift in the way we work, with many people leaving their offices and expecting to be working from home for just a few weeks. As this once temporary situation started to become more permanent, the demand for new office furniture soared, causing many who had to bring their work home to turn to stacks of books piled on dining tables, kitchen islands, and ping pong tables to create their impromptu work stations. 

Fast forward to 2024, and the way we work has trickled down to the way we live, as more and more of us are bringing our work home permanently. Recognizing the importance of reimaging what we already have and reclaiming what others have previously-loved instead of buying new and filling the landfills with old, used furniture has become one of the most popular and sustainable solutions in the interior design space.You no longer have to spend a fortune to design a great space for working at home. You can find all of the used furniture you need for your home office without breaking the bank. 

Quality classic pieces  that pass the test of time are a wiser investment than purchasing less-expensive, poorly made new pieces because they’re made to last through all the stages of your life, bringing a piece of you no matter where you go. 

Whether you’re designing a “cloffice”(closet/office)  inside a spare closet or you have an entire room to spare,  a few reclaimed finds and a bit of imagination are all it takes to turn any spot into a space that works. Many of the top interior design trends for 2024 are expected to go from the functional to phenomenal, turning awkward nooks and empty walls into home offices that check every box, while saving money (and the planet) by shopping secondhand.  

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How to Repurpose Used Furniture

Finding used furniture is the first step in setting up your home office, but many times the pieces you find don’t match your style or decor. The good news is that it’s easy to give new life to repurposed furniture.. 

Here are a few tips you can use: 

Easy change with hardware: Using mismatched or juxtapositioned antique hardware to upcycle a piece of furniture is a simple way to create an elevated vibe. 

Color correction: Stripping wooden furniture, and using stain or paint to change its look. is one of the simplest ways to transform a piece of used furniture so that it matches your personal style. Add pops of color like a monochromatic mix of brights and pastels or paint an interesting pattern to make a piece your own.

Fabric refinement: Replacing the fabric on cushions can give a used chair or sofa a second chance at life so it looks fresh, new, and unlike anything you’d find in a new furniture store.

Changes underfoot: Rugs are an essential part of every room, including a work space. Instantly add a bit of drama to a work area by adding a patterned rug that warms to space and adds an element of comfort, making even the toughest work days seem much softer to bear. 

Make a statement: It’s out with the filler pieces and in with the conversation starters in 2024. Sculptural furniture is on the forefront, allowing even a tiny side table to make a big statement.Get personal: Adding artwork or personal photographs to your walls is one of the best ways you can express your own personality in your workspace.  

Bring the outdoors in: Plants not only naturally filter the air in your home office, where you will be spending a lot of time, but they also help to  minimize stress and boost creativity.

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Take Away

Working from home allows you to decorate your workstation in a way that best suits your personality and caters to your tastes and needs. Be it a soothing palette, a room filled with your own artwork, ambient lighting, or cozy cushions and textures, decorating a home office allows you to bring a piece of you into your work environment, making it a place that inspires ingenuity, sparks creativity, and arouses productivity.