9 ways to design your workspace at home

Is your home office in need of a makeover? Check out our guide for some inspiration.

Striking the balance of work and play in your home has become more important than ever with increasing numbers of people freelancing or working from home.

Sussing out how to set up a productive and creative workspace for homes that are short on space can be a tricky thing, but we’ve collected some of our favourite ideas here. Read on for our functional and cohesive tips for styling up your workspace at home.

1. Finding The Right Spot

Stylish home office with wooden desk and black shelves
Lindsay Salazar for Architectural Digest

Do you work best in a quiet area or do you fancy being in the thick of the action? Deciding on where to work from will affect your furniture pieces as well as accessorising; for instance, if you often expect clients to pop by, a separate room with more seats might be in order.

2. Plan ahead

Home office with with framed images and bare brick walls
The Coveteur

A good way to stick with your chosen aesthetic is to plan in advance. Log into Pinterest or browse for suitable furniture and decor based on your workflow. Ultimately, your space should work for you instead of the other way around.

3. Organise around your desk (and space)

Well-organised tray of home office essentials
Domino, Pinterest

Similar to the kitchen, an office should be kept neat while having easy access to your most important tools. Have a well-stocked tray on hand with all your essentials within reach, or introduce boxes or baskets beneath your desk.

4. Personalise part of the office

Home office with large feature wall
Brit + co

A customised section ups the practicality while encouraging you to work better and more efficiently. This nifty idea above serves as an interesting feature wall, but a large pin board would do just fine.

5. Picking the right essentials

Comfy home office with stylish chair and white desk
Andrea Chong on Instagram

Comfort is a huge factor when it comes to your living space, and for the home office, it’s no different. An ultra-stylish chair isn’t good at all (especially on your posture) if it doesn’t offer the right support.

6. Give existing pieces a new life

Home office with white desk and chair and light pink walls
Furniture Choice - Dining Tables and Chairs

Revamp your home without buying new furniture by re-purposing cabinets or storage pieces to work in your favour. Styling your favourite dining table as a working desk is one way of keeping your furniture around, with a new purpose.

7. It’s all in the walls

Living room with working desk wall panels
Huh.

Aside from hanging artwork and being used for practical shelving, walls also make an excellent space-saver. Wall tables are a great solution in establishing a cosy working spot without taking up too much room.

8. Get furniture that multitasks

Double duty home office with storage bench
Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo

Sometimes, less is more. For smaller homes, a home office may double as a guest room or even the living space. Having an ottoman sofa also works both as a comfortable seat as well as a convenient, out-of-sight storage option.

9. Partition off the office

Home office with wall partition
Archello

An additional bonus: a wall partition is a creative way of sectioning off your workspace – a perfect approach that doesn’t entirely hide the office but invites it to be a part of the home.

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