How to Design the Perfect Home Office: A Comprehensive Breakdown

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26 Jul 2018

Whether you work from home once a week or full time, a home office can make a difference in your productivity. The idea is to have a space that's both comfortable and functional. Plus, it's beneficial to have a dedicated space rather than a laptop placed on the kitchen counter.


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Home office design: What to consider


Before you begin the process of designing a home office, there are some important questions to ask yourself to determine how the room will be used:


  • What tone do you want to set?
  • What type of work will you be doing?
  • Will you have colleagues or clients coming to visit?
  • Will you need storage for materials and/or paperwork?
  • What time of day will you be working?


If you need absolute quiet then it’ll be important to work in a closed-off area of your home. If you don’t have the space for an office, you may choose to section off part of another room.


You should also think about the type of environment that's required for you to work well. Maybe you prefer a bright, creative space with a cork-board collage of photos and artwork. On the other hand, you might work better in a calming, monochromatic environment with clean lines and little distraction.


No matter what sort of vibe you want your home office to have, it’s equally important to have the right furniture, decor, and storage for efficiency with your own personal touch.


Key pieces you need to design a home office  


Now that you've considered the tone of your home office and how it will function, it's time to start thinking about what you need.


A desk


The best desk for you will depend on your budget, style, and the dimensions of the room. The Willow Street Laptop Desk features a simple design that can fit easily into any office space. For more storage space, you may opt for something like Preston Desk. If you prefer not to sit all day, the Stance Lift Desk features different height settings so you can stretch your legs while working.


An office chair


The office chair you choose should comfortable. After all, you're sitting for hours on end and need something that's going to support your body. This is especially true if you have neck or back issues.


For an in-depth guide on how to choose an ergonomic office chair, read more here.


File storage


Not only does storage keep your office free from clutter, but it helps you stay organized. The Sequel 20 Mobile File Cabinet is a great starting option if you don't need a lot of storage. If you need a multi-purpose storage option with space for a printer, check out the Centro MultiFunction Cabinet



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Centro MultiFunction Cabinet




A bookcase in your home office may come in handy. It can be used both for extra storage and as a place to keep inspirational or often referenced books.




Sometimes it's the final touches that bring a room's design to life, including your home office. Just because it's an office doesn't mean it needs to be a sterile environment. Be sure to accessorize and add color in the same way you would with any other room in your home.


Things like an area rug, window treatments, plants, and artwork help bring your space to life.



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Will the office act as a multipurpose space? Read: How to Design a Home Office that Doubles as a Guest Room




Although often considered as an afterthought, lighting has a huge effect on your mood and how you work. If the room has natural light, use that to your advantage.


There should also be multiple sources of light in your home office. In other words, don't just rely on an overhead light or recessed lighting. Add in a desk lamp, a table or floor lamp, task lighting, or wall sconces. This will this give the room a well-rounded feeling and ensure you have enough lighting to get your work done.


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How much will it cost?


At this point, you're probably wondering how much all of this will cost. Naturally, it will depend on multiple factors: What's your budget? What do you need to purchase to fill out your home office?


If you already have the room set up and you're just looking for a desk, prices range between $800 and $2,000, plus any additional decorations. If you're designing an entire home office from scratch, it could cost anywhere between $8,000 and $15,000 depending on your budget and needs.


Final thoughts


When designed well, a home office should be an efficient and comfortable space that supports your work style. Consider how you work, what mood you want to create, and any personal touches you want to include while ensuring there's enough storage to keep your space organized.


Designing your home office should be stress-free. Whether you're starting from scratch or just looking for a desk, our Design Consultants can help you at any stage of the design process!


Curious about our Interior Design process? Read: The Interior Design Process for Buying Furniture: From Start to Finish


Wondering how color can affect mood? Read: How to Choose the Perfect Color Palette for Your Home Decor


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