How to Create the Perfect Home Office

Many of us don’t have the room in our homes to create a separate home office or have a dedicated study and so it's important to be really clever with how you use your space. Here are my top tips for creating the perfect home office.

When I relaunched my new look blog at the beginning of the year I asked readers to let me know what kinds of posts or topics they’d like to see me cover. Both Penny from Alexander Residence and Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary asked for tips and ideas on how to create a great home office and so I’d like to tackle this subject and give you some suggestions for creating the perfect office, study or desk area in your home.

Small Spaces:

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 office built into a small cupboard. The fold down table is big enough to hold a laptop and when you’re done for the day just fold it all away and close the door.

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.

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 desk area. In this next image, courtesy of Design Sponge on Pinterest, see how the wood from the shelving is continued with the same look in the chair and the desk drawer fronts. There’s plenty of desktop storage in the shape of the white jars, and again that theme is continued in the decor and storage on the shelving. It’s subtle but the scheme is there even though the whole looks seems quite eclectic.

 

Organisation:

I love the way this very small space has been converted into a highly organised desk area. There’s not enough worktop space so the owner has very cleverly made fantastic use of the wall space. If you look closely you’ll see the functional chalkboard and magnetic squares yet mixed with the pretty blue shades of paper they blend beautifully into the background. Your eye is more drawn to the powder blue theme running through the whole scheme. Gorgeous. Wouldn’t you love to work in this space? I know I would.

 

Seating:

Now in many of the pictures I’ve used in this post you’ll notice the chairs are gorgeous but mostly they’re not adjustable. For me, that’s a downside. 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 desk chairs are just plain boring! So I went on the hunt for something beautiful and pretty, but practical too, and this is what I found.Β  For me, this desk area has everything. Great storage, a noticeboard, shelving, a daily organisation system on the wall, and that gorgeous adjustable chair. Simple but effective.

 

A Dedicated Space:

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.Β  I love the order in this room. Everything has a place and as long as you routinely file and tidy as you go, it could stay like this!

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?

 

 

28 Comments

  1. 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
      Author
      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. 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
      Author
      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. 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
      Author
      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
      Author
      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. January 22, 2013 / 6:02 pm

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

  6. 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
      Author
      January 22, 2013 / 6:06 pm

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

  7. 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
      Author
      January 23, 2013 / 12:47 pm

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

  8. January 23, 2013 / 10:35 am

    Love this jen! Some great ideas!

    • Jen
      Author
      January 23, 2013 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks Sonia, so glad you like it!

  9. 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™‚

  10. 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.

  11. 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™‚

  12. September 15, 2016 / 4:20 pm

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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