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How to Design Your Home Office: 10 Interior Design Ideas for Home Offices to Make You Look Forward to Working From Home

With more than 3.7 million people working from home at least half of the time – and even more telecommuting now that many employers are having employees work from home during the coronavirus pandemic – designing the perfect home office is more important than ever. Just as your clothing should reflect your personal style, your home office also should reflect your style. It should showcase your personality, ambition and be a comfortable space for you to work in. An inviting atmosphere may even boost productivity and make you look forward to work! Here are some design ideas for your home office that will help surround you with success:

Desks

More often than not, the desk is the focal point of a home office – and where you'll spend most of your time.

  • Standard Desks: From writing desks and computer desks with no drawers to office desks with built in file cabinets, there’s a desk out there to fit any style and your personal home-office needs. Consider where you want to put the desk before shopping, as this can help determine which style will work best for your design. A corner desk? A free-standing desk pulled out from the wall? A desk that backs up to the wall?
  • Standing Desks: When it comes to health, it's said that sitting is the new smoking, so many people are opting for standing desks. A standing desk allows you to stand up while you work. While the health benefits of standing desks are still being debated, if this style of desk is for you, there are plenty of options available for your home office – even desks that double as a treadmill!
  • Conference Tables: If a desk isn’t your thing or if you have a large space, a conference table can impress clients that may visit and make your office look stunning. From smooth, glossy tables to real-wood rustic, the options are endless to match or complement your overall design.

Office Chairs

A good day in your home office starts with comfort, which is why selecting the perfect office chair tops the shopping list. An office chair should offer support for good posture and brighten your room, not detract from it.

  • Racing Office Chairs: High-quality racing chairs are stylish and create a vibrant workspace. With high backs, arm rests and swivel wheels for easy maneuvering, racing desk chairs can help increase productivity and overall comfort. FurnitureBox specializes in ergonomic racing chairs with styles that offer something for everyone. Choose a style and color that complements your overall design and desk choice.
  • Ergonomic Chairs: If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, you may want to lean toward an ergonomic-style office chair. The right ergonomic chair should offer lumbar support, neck support, have adjustable arm rests, tilt mechanisms and other features that put your comfort first and foremost. The health benefits alone – reducing musculosketetal symptoms, posture support, increased circulation and even mental benefits – make an ergonomic chair a good investment.

Accent Furniture

  • Media Center: A media center can hold a TV or other needed electronics and even decorative accents to add that personal touch to your home office.
  • Shelving Units/Bookcases: Coming in all shapes and sizes, a shelving unit is one of the easiest ways to add some style and functionality to a home office. Fill it with books, use it to hold office supplies or to display personal collections or items that will make your home office yours and one of a kind.
  • Sofa: Taking work breaks can help keep you productive during the work day. Consider adding a sofa to your home office where you can read, sip a cup of tea or just put your feet up for a minute and relax.

The Extras

As mentioned, your home office should reflect your personal style. Adding items that you collect, enjoy looking at or that you just love will make your home office scream this is me.

  • Houseplants: Besides looking beautiful and adding color and interest, there are health benefits from houseplants in your home office. Violets, a peace lily, succulents, air plants, spider plants, ivy, snake plants, orchids, ferns and even an indoor herb garden work well for the home office.
  • Wall Art: Shop for paintings or photographs that fit your style and that you enjoy looking at every day. Better yet, why not take your own photos, enlarge and frame them or try your hand at acrylic or oil painting and create something really one of a kind. Look for painting tutorials on YouTube. If you don't want to hang anything on the wall, consider painting an accent wall to create interest.
  • Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your quality of life. So what better place to add some aromatherapy elements than in your home office? Put an essential oil diffuser on a bookcase or lay a bunch of dried lavender on your desk. And while it doesn't add smell, a Himalayan salt lamp is said to pull allergens, toxins and pollutants out of the air for a cleaner environment – plus they're pretty to look at.

Have fun designing your home office and making it a place where you look forward to going to work. 

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
What a timely article with really helpful tips. I work from home a lot and so have a pretty decent office setup. But you just gave me a bunch of new ideas. And wow, I need one of those fabulous racing office chairs for sure! Mine is totally outdated. Also, with the coronavirus epidemic, my husband is now also working from home, so we will need to incorporate more of these ideas. He prefers a standing desk, so we'll need to invest in one for home. Thank you for the suggestions!
Tribe
I love working from home and my space needs some new touches. Great ideas here!
Cassiday
Plants and aromatherapy, wouldn’t have thought of that. 🌺
Dieter Schmitz
Working from Home is the new norm, so thanks for these great practical tips!!
turismoconperros
Fantastic article, I have been working at home for more than 10 years, and the best thing of all, is to have my dogs at my feet

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