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Home Office Design Inspiration

Modern home office designs to help inspire your home office.

August 25, 2020

Whether you work from home or have a dedicated space for things you love doing such as crafting, reading, or writing, your home office should inspire the flow of creativity and allow you to get down to business. But oftentimes, this is not the case.

In fact, home offices can be the most neglected spaces in our homes - messy, uninspiring areas that drive us to work anywhere but in the actual office, like the sofa, kitchen table, or bed (guilty!). Check out the gallery above for some of our favorite home office setups, and here are a few home office design tips to help inspire yours:

1. Functionality first.

Aesthetics are great and it's important to love where you work, but - a well-designed office space should always keep functionality top of mind. Consider your workflow - what comes in, where will it stay while being worked on, and where does it go when complete? Do you have customers visiting throughout the day? Asking yourself questions like this will help in deciding what is needed to make your space support your daily work.

2. Determine the aesthetic.

This is the fun part! The great part about working from home is that YOU can decide how you want your home office to look and feel. Do you want a dark, moody office, or do you want something light and airy? Think of a few personal things that inspire you or keep you going throughout the day. This could be art, photos, memorabilia, or something else. Whatever it is, determine what elements you want to incorporate in your home office space and consider adding in a variety of different colors, patterns, and textures. Whether it be painting the walls, incorporating a few accent pieces, or simply adding in a few plants, incorporating a splash of color into your home office will help get your work motor humming.

3. Invest in a good, ergonomic office chair.

Office chairs that are classified as ergonomic typically have an adjustable seat height, seat depth, and great lumbar support. You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime. Your neck and back will thank you later, trust us. Check out our Ergonomics Center for more information on the proper ergonomic setup, and view our ergonomic in-stock chairs here.

4. Find a desk that speaks to you.

Height adjustable desks help keep you active throughout the workday by allowing for movement and increasing blood flow throughout your body, in turn helping you stay more alert and productive. However, for some, a seated desk may be preferred. Whatever the case, select a desk that is wide enough for your computer and working needs. Many desks also offer desk power and cable management solutions to keep your space from being cluttered by unwanted cables and cords. You can view our in-stock desks and tables here.

5. Storage is key.

A good storage system is key for keeping your office in order. But, oftentimes storage is often overlooked when designing a home office and can really affect your productivity. Before purchasing an office storage system, do an inventory check. Consider the amount and sizes of the items that you need to store. Your storage system should be big enough to fit everything you have in mind. Be sure to include enough shelving, filing cabinets, or credenzas for your storage needs. Locate your filing system nearby so you can easily access the materials you need and keep them close at hand.

6. Let there be light.

If possible, position your desk near a window. Not only will it provide you with something nice to look at, but natural light has been shown to provide several benefits boosting productivity and overall mood. If your home office is in a windowless space, consider adding a nice desk lamp. A proper desk lamp is like a trusty sidekick partner. They can be functional, provide an added accent aesthetic, or provide ambient lighting to a workspace. These are even more helpful when working into the late hours of the evening when its dark outside.

7. Add some functional accessories.

Now is the time to finish your home office with a few fun accessories! Adding in things like a coaster for your mug, tape, a stapler, sticky-note holder, or some desk organizers will help add the finishing touches to your space. Accessories that bring joy to your day and also help you get your work done are the best kind!

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