How to Create the Perfect Home Office Space

Planning on working from home forever? Ok, fine. Maybe you’ll go into the office a few times a week if you absolutely must. Either way—when you need to work from home, you need to have the space to do it. And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have your own home office, or at least a few office furniture pieces to help keep you organized. Here are some of our top home office ideas.

Create a Dedicated Space

This might seem obvious for those of you who have a dedicated room that you can transform into a home office. But for those of you that don’t, you’re probably thinking—not possible. Don’t get disheartened yet, though. A few home office furniture pieces can help make your home office space a reality, even without an extra room. One tip though? Try to create divide. We’ll go into this in a bit. Let’s start with the basics, which apply to everyone.

Start with the Basics

A window can go a long way. If there’s a spot you can claim that faces a window, start there. Now envision your chair. Chair first? Yes. Because maybe you aren’t a sit straight, elbows at the desk kind of person. Maybe you prefer to lounge a little. Or maybe you prefer to stand. Decide for yourself what makes you feel comfortable. Then move on to your desk.

 

When you think of working from home and office furniture in general, you might picture the big executive desk with a ton of built-in drawers. If you’ve got the space and that makes sense to you, go for it (hey, we all like to feel a little important sometimes). But don’t feel like you need a ton of bulky home office furniture to have a successful home office setup. A small desk could work just as well, or even a table. The key here is to create consistency. How?

Create an Organization System (That Serves You)

This is super important for those of you who don’t have a dedicated room for a home office, but it still counts for everyone else out there, too. The trick here though is to organize your space around the habits you already know you have (be honest!).

 

Do you lose a lot of pens? Make yourself a pen cup with a bountiful supply of pens. Not the type to organize your papers? Keep at least a couple of bins that at the very least, you can stuff your papers to at the end of the day. You might organize them a little—like urgent vs. not so urgent, by deadlines, or by days of the week. Have at least one bin though and make yourself put any loose ends in there at the end of the day. It helps to have a trash and recycling bin, too. Or get a paper shredder if you go through lots of important documents.

 

Feel free to cater to your quirks, too. If you like gum, make a variety of gum accessible at hand. Or keep a large water bottle nearby so you don’t always have to run to the fridge (don’t worry, those extra trips to the bathroom will satisfy your “get fit” watch).

 

Organizing is good if you’re sharing the space, too. And you can use things like cubbies as room dividers. This may require a little setup and breakdown every time, and that’s not always ideal. But if you make this as simple as possible, it will be less of a chore and make it easier to keep track of different activities without things getting lost or overwhelming.

 

Don’t Forget the Essentials

If you do the last step right, you might feel yourself starting to get a little excited about your working-from-home situation (awesome). But don’t forget the essentials. Like a strong internet connection and enough suitable outlets so you can charge all your devices in one place. If you need extra connectors to make sure your devices can communicate, get that on order stat. And consider any other tech-related stuff that is either essential or might just make your life easier.

 

Working from home doesn’t have to be draining. And you don’t need to have a dedicated office to feel like you have dedicated home office space. Start with a few home office furniture essentials and build it up from there. Just remember that your home office space is for you and it should be designed around your needs —not what other people think an office should look like.

 

  

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Published 9.1.2021

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