How to Create the Perfect Home Office

What’s the best home office setup to allow you to create the perfect home office? Many people ask ‘how can I work from home’? (Updated 2022)

The answer is always going to depend on what kind of home you have, whether you have any spare rooms, or what kind of work you need to do from your home. In recent years, we’ve seen a big change in our work from home habits, many of us forced to embrace it for long periods of time when we weren’t used to it.

Others of us who had worked from home for many years suddenly found ourselves sharing our precious creative spaces with partners, house mates and children. We had to become masters of juggling and our work from home areas had to function even harder than they’d done before. 

If you want to create your first home office area, or update the space you already have, these following tips will help you decide the best layout and furniture you’ll need. 

How to create the perfect home office:-

Let’s check out some beautiful examples of home offices for your work environment.

Use Small Spaces:

Image: Shelved

Many of us don’t have the room in our homes to create a separate home office or have a dedicated study. If, like me, you work from the dining room or maybe the playroom, of even your living room, it’s important to create a clever, functional workspace.

If you don’t have much space at all for a desk or writing table then you need to spend time planning on how to best use the space you do have. Check out this amazing study area built into an alcove – perhaps in a bedroom. 

There are lots of ways you can make use of a small space and create plenty of storage too with specific or modular office furniture. 


You really don’t have to have tonnes of space to create the perfect working office at home. But you do have think carefully about how to get the most from your space that suits your work life.

Essential items for a clever home office:

  • Good lighting
  • Desktop storage
  • Decent seating
  • Noticeboard
  • Shelving
  • An ordered filing system

Now if you’re creating your desk area in another room in your home, think about how it will blend in with the rest of the decor. Look at the colours and style of the room and really try to continue that theme into your office setup.


Make an Inspiring Home Office:

a bright rug with open doors to the garden and lots of plants with desk and chair in the perfect home office setupImage: Sonya Winner

We all want to work somewhere inspiring. Somewhere that fires our imagination and creativity. 

For me that means adding in plants and a fabulous view. I want to be able to look outside and see nature. 

I want to feel nature in my surroundings too – that helps me stay focused and motivates me to spend more time at my desk. Something my business thanks me for!

We all know how easy it is to get distracted when working at home – from the tv to chores, to playing with pets and so much more. 

Creating a comfortable, inspiring space that we enjoy spending time in will help overall productivity.

Perfect Home Office Organisation:

a white shelving desk system with wooden chair for a small home office

I love the way this very small space has been converted into a highly organised desk area.

It has everything you need, fro your desk area, neatly free of clutter, to a shelving system that can hold important folders and paperwork so a notice board to keep the most important items at eye level. 

There are so many functional desk options available now that you don’t need a huge amount of space to create your work from home area. Just a little creativity and imagination (plus some furniture rearranging) and you can make the most of a tiny corner for your new home office. 

Seating for the Perfect Home Office:

green desk chair and black slimline desk in the perfect home officeImage: Cult Furniture

If your desk chair isn’t adjustable, it’s time to rethink your home office seating.

As someone who struggles with back issues I can’t stress strongly enough how important it is to have an adjustable desk chair, particularly if you’re working from home everyday.

The problem is, many adjustable desk chairs are just plain boring! So I went on the hunt for something beautiful and pretty, but practical too.

Many retailers now understand that we want our desk seating to be attractive as well as functional, so there are many designs and styles to choose from. Find one that suits you, and your home decor. 

If you’re creating a desk area in an existing room – a dining room for example – tie in the style of your chair and desk with the rest of the interiors. 

The Right Kind of Desk:

There’s been much said of standing desks in recent years. I have one in my own home office and it certainly helps to ensure I move more, prevents back ache and gives me flexibility in my posture. Not everyone wants or needs one though.

When choosing your desk think about whether you want multiple monitors, whether you need space for a printer and what kind of desk lighting you’re going to need. 

You want to ease eye strain when working for long hours from home so make sure you choose the right kind of desk lamp.

Measure out the space you have to ensure your desk will fit and look at somewhere like Ikea if you want to create your own design with different legs and desktop.


Home Office Storage:

Image: Sonya Winner

If you are lucky enough to have a room dedicated to your office or workspace, then my biggest tip here is to keep it clutter free. Storage and more storage is definitely the way to go.

The more space we have the more we tend to spread out and use it! An organised storage system, and the commitment to it each day, means we can leave the office tidy and streamlined ready for the following day.

Arriving at your calm and clutter free desk first thing in the morning will be motivating and inspiring, whether you’re studying for online PMHNP programs, working on a report for your business, or writing a best-selling novel.

If your space is unusually shaped then invest in having bespoke shelving systems created by a joiner. You’ll be thankful of how they use the best of the available space. 

Under Stairs Home Office:

Image: Sharps
Homes need to work hard for us, and that applies to finding spaces to create the perfect home office. You don’t always need a dedicated room from which to work. If you can position a desk, chair and a little storage in any space in your home, you have yourself a study area. 
It’s worth remembering you’re going to need power points and good light, but many landing and under the stairs areas can be converted into dedicated work from home spaces. 

The Garden Home Office:

It’s the ultimate goal for those of us that have been working from home for many years – the garden office!
I would love to take myself off every morning, meandering through the garden down to my dedicated little space for work. I’d have a cute coffee machine, some comfortable chairs, a relaxing, clutter free work environment and some plants and art to keep me inspired. 
It would be all mine. No distractions. No husband loudly chatting on zoom calls. The cat would wander by every now and again, and my productivity would be sky high. 
Can you imagine a work from home garden retreat too?

If you would like more inspiration for your home office then do take a look at my Pinterest board for further ideas.

What do you think? Does your workspace need an overhaul or are you happy with your desk?



Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Emma
    January 21, 2013 / 2:13 pm

    Love this post!! Thank you! I’m currently trying to buy a desk/chair right now but just cant decide, think I’m going to lean towards whichever desk may give me more storage options! πŸ™‚

    • Jen
      January 21, 2013 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks Emma! I’m the same, and hunting around for a cool desk and chair. It’s hard to get the right balance between practical and functional as well as one that looks good. (and doesn’t cost the earth!)

  2. Julie
    January 21, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    I so agree with you on your comments regarding form vs function for office chairs. I spent a relative fortune on mine and it’s been worth every penny as I sit in it for hours on end! Fab post.

    • Jen
      January 21, 2013 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much Julie. The chair is something to invest in isn’t it. I just can’t seem to find anything I like at the moment, and I’d need to sit in it before buying to make sure it was suitable.

  3. Alexander Residence
    January 21, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Oh these are so inspiring! I have made a start on the storage and I’m going to think a bit more about how the room as a whole works, as well as my corner in it.

    • Jen
      January 21, 2013 / 10:13 pm

      They are aren’t they! Glad you like some of the tips, I don’t think you have to make big changes to make a difference πŸ˜‰

  4. Toddling Mad
    January 22, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    This is something that I need to work on – currently I have no space to work in. I sit on the sofa with a bag of notebooks and stuff that I get out every evening and that is it. Finding somewhere and a space that I can work from would be perfect.

    • Jen
      January 22, 2013 / 6:05 pm

      I let you into a secret, I sit on the sofa too! I desperately need a lovely workspace like some of these… I’m on the case!

  5. Danielle Adams (
    January 22, 2013 / 6:02 pm

    Love this!!! I am bookmarking it for Friday when RatedPeople come to help me plan my study!! xxx

    • Jen
      January 22, 2013 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks Danielle. Wow someone else coming in to plan the study sounds fabulous! Good luck, would love to see how it goes πŸ™‚

  6. Rebecca
    January 22, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    I have a corner of the living room at the moment. This post has inspired me to get decorating…

    • Jen
      January 22, 2013 / 6:06 pm

      Brilliant, glad it’s offered a little inspiration. I really need to get sorted too.

  7. Mary Catherine
    January 22, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I am in the middle of making a dedicated “office” in a small part of my place. This post will help immensely! πŸ™‚

    • Jen
      January 23, 2013 / 12:47 pm

      Glad to be of service! And good luck with your dedicated space.

  8. Sonia
    January 23, 2013 / 10:35 am

    Love this jen! Some great ideas!

    • Jen
      January 23, 2013 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks Sonia, so glad you like it!

  9. Amanda
    January 24, 2013 / 8:11 am

    Oh some really lovely ideas to keep organised. I have the first yellow chair, and I must admit, though it looks beautiful, it’s not great if you have a bad back. Love the different idea for notice boards, definitely going to use that in my home office area. I definitely need a routine, to file everything away, and the end of the day! Great post Jen, thank you πŸ™‚

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  11. Steve
    February 25, 2013 / 1:50 am

    I love my working area at home to have a window that I can see other things for a while and sip some milk while working too. This is the perfect time for me to work. Bored with just facing the wall.

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  16. sophie
    April 6, 2016 / 4:02 am

    After dreaming about your home office, I saw this post about how to create teh perfect home office. I guess it is a sign : I need to do something about my own space. I am a bit tight on budget for the moment ( saving for next holidays and a new beauty device haha) but I guess I will spend more on my chair as it is not really adjustable. I want to find the perfect balance between confort and aesthetics. ok next goal for may : hunt for a new chair πŸ™‚

  17. Ruth Johnson
    September 15, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Informative article on how to create a great home office. Thanks for the great share.

  18. Lucy
    November 7, 2016 / 1:40 am

    What a great post. I am trying to get a decent home office set up at the moment but can’t quite get the lighting I am after. Natural light is great and very important in my opinion. Thanks for the useful tips.

  19. Nathan Watkins
    March 14, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    The adjustable chair comment made me laugh, about 5 minutes prior to reading this I sat on my non-adjustable chair and though the exact same thing. I need the freedom to wheel around my desk otherwise It leads me to standing up and wandering more often.

  20. Harvey Lee
    February 26, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Great Post! Thank you so much for sharing this useful post with us. I am thinking of making a perfect office in a small part of my home. This post will help immensely and gave some great ideas. Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

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