Creating A Functional Home Office

Well friends... it looks like we're all going to be hunkering down and working from home much longer than any of us anticipated! For many of us, that means creating a home office. Having a designated space to work, no matter how small your home, is important for not only productivity but peace of mind (I say this as I'm writing this blog post from my bed so I am CLEARLY going to need to take some of my advice this week!). I pulled together some home office ideas for you guys to cover a wide range of small spaces (and budgets) so we can all stay productive and maintain some semblance of normalcy (and sanity!) during these unprecedented times.


I also asked my husband, Daniel, who has worked at home as a freelancer for the past 3 years what his tips are for staying productive while working from home and what he loves about his home office (you're welcome babe!) :


Daniel's Productivity Tips:

-Try to get up at the same time every day to maintain a routine

-Listen to your natural rhythm - working from home means if 9-5 doesn't work for you, you can change up your hours to optimize for productivity and focus (if you can - realize some of us have to be "on" during working hours)

-Be diligent about taking breaks

-Have a designated place for work. Don't bring work into the bedroom (he yells at me for this!)


Daniel's Home Office Tips:

-Create a space that is both comfortable and ergonomic for you. That could mean a comfortable chair, a monitor, desk & computer screen at optimal height, etc

-Plants, art, photos from great trips and meaningful talismans are all great ways to instill a bit of creativity and inspiration into your daily work routine

-Try to find a place to work with natural light - you're not in an office so take advantage!




So you've got some space...


Lucky you! Identify a room or area in your home where you can set up your own workspace. Find a desk and seating that feel ergonomic for your needs, display art that inspires you, some daily inspiration (I love these linen pin boards from Pottery Barn!), a little greenery and some good lighting. Here's a little home office eye candy to get you inspired.


A bohemian home office design by Interior Designer Christina Higham of Sun Soul Style Interiors

Designed by Sun Soul Style Interiors. Photography by Julia Sperling.



Bohemian Boho Small Space Home Office

Home of Jessica de Ruiter.



Eclectic home office design

Designed by Betsy Burnham. Photography by Laura Hull. Via One Kings Lane



Neutral modern home office

Designed by Alison Davin. Photography by Lisa Romerein. Via Chairish



Glam home office design by Interior Designer Christina Higham of Sun Soul Style Interiors

Designed by Sun Soul Style Interiors. Photography by Vivian Johnson



Modern neutral home office design

Home of Daniel Romualdez. Photography by Roger Davies via Architectural Digest



The Goods


Dims Eave Desk

Dims Eave Desk , $795



Target Loring Writing Desk

Target Loring Writing Desk $119

Blu Dot Stash Desk

Blu Dot Stash Desk $499


West Elm Industrial Desk

West Elm Industrial Modular Desk Set $1399


Cane Desk

Pottery Barn Dolores Cane Desk $1299

West Elm Parsons Desk

West Elm Parsons Desk With Drawers $399


CB2 Drommen Desk

CB2 Drommen Whitewashed Desk $599

Fully Jarvis Standing Desk

Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk starting at $449



Rust Swivel Velvet Desk Chair

Pottery Barn Masterson Velvet Swivel Desk Chair $969



West Elm Leather Swivel Desk Chair

West Elm Leather Upholstered Swivel Desk Chair $899



Cesca Cane Arm Chair Desk Chair

Overstock Breuer Chair Company Cesca Cane Arm Chair $240

Black leather swivel desk chair

All Modern Ochlocknee Vinyl Task Chair $69



green mid century arm chair

Article SVELTI Chair $69



West Elm linear wood table lamp

West Elm Linear Wood Table Lamp $179



Type 75 Anglepoise Desk Lamp Yellow Ochre

DWR Type 75 Task Lamp $245



Target Dean Task Lamp Brass Lamp

Target Dean LED Task Lamp $29.99


Urban Outfitters Angelo Rattan Table Lamp

Urban Outfitters Angelo Rattan Table Lamp $89




Cedar and Moss Conifer Single Table Lamp

Cedar and Moss Conifer Single Table Lamp $329




If you live in a small space, think about pieces that are multifunctional.


Extra storage is the name of the game when living in a smaller home. Pieces that incorporate a desk AND some extra storage are a win-win.


Bohemian modern home office design

Designed by Katie Hodges Design. Photography by Amy Bartlam via My Domaine.



Mid Century home office design secretary desk

Via SFgirlbybay



Farmhouse interior design home office

Via Anissa Zajac of House Seven Design + Build



Mid Century modern small space home office design by Christina Higham Sun Soul Style Interiors

Designed by Sun Soul Style Interiors. Photography by Carol Vaziri.




The Goods

West Elm Ladder Leaning Desk

West Elm Ladder Shelf Storage Leaning Wall Desk


West Elm Mid Century Mini Secretary Desk

West Elm Mid Century Mini Secretary


Target Loring Secretary Desk Storage Desk

Target Loring Secretary Desk



If you're short on square footage, think about using the space beside your bed for a small desk rather than a nightstand.



Modern small space home office design

Via Pinterest



Modern boho bohemian apartment small space office design

Via Ezz Wilson





The Goods

CB2 Peekaboo Console

CB2 Peekaboo Console $379



West Elm Mid Century Mini Desk

West Elm Mid Century Mini Desk $399




Urban Outfitters Marte Vanity Cane Desk

Urban Outfitters Marte Vanity $329

IKEA KNOTTEN Standing Desk

IKEA KNOTTEN Standing Desk $159



Have some vacant wall space? Try a wall mounted solution.


Small space home office wall mounted desk

Via Pinterest



Small space home office design wall mounted desk

Via Papernstitch Blog



Small space home office design wall mounted shelves desk

Via Mobel Pobel




The Goods


Floating wall mounted desk

All Modern Open Storage Floating Desk


Urban Outfitters Murray Wall Mounted Desk

Urban Outfitters Murray Wall Mounted Desk (love the attached pin board!) $299

Blu Dot Wonderwall Wall Mounted Desk

Blu Dot Wonderwall Wall Mounted Desk



If all you've got is a coffee table...


I'd suggest getting a pouf or ottoman with some dense fill so you can at least sit at your coffee table at an ergonomic height for your wrists. Better yet, stack a floor chair on top of the ottoman for back support!



The Goods



Bohemian Moroccan White Leather Pouf Ottoman

Urban Outfitters Leather Moroccan Pouf $269


IKEA ALSEDA Ottoman $29.99


Target Adjustable Five - Position Multi Angle Floor Chair $68.94




Get The Look : Home Office

Small space modern neutral home office design

//THE GOODS// 1. Lulu and Georgia Stripe Break Rug starting at $98 // West Elm Leather Upholstered Swivel Desk Chair $899 (similar here) // West Elm Industrial Storage Mini Desk $499 // Target Valencia Task Lamp $32 // 5. Pottery Barn Linen Pinboard $149 // 6. Lumens Brass Pencil Cup $35 // 7. West Elm Bishop Planter $129


Small space apartment home office design bohemian modern


// THE GOODS // 1. Vintage Kilim Rug $258 // 2. West Elm Holland Dining Chair $299 // 3. West Elm Ribbed Glass Table Lamp $159 // 4. CB2 Stairway White Desk $399 // 5. Mcgee & Co Gilded Knot Object $60 // 6. Hypesheriff Matisse Geometric Print starting at $41 // West Elm Totem Vase $34



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