How to Create an Inspiring Home Office Space

01 March 2019
Life and the City

With the start of a new month, you may be looking to make space for productivity and fresh inspiration. After all, the year is still young, so there's lots of time to work on those goals that you may have set for yourself recently!

A home office is one of those things that so many of us would benefit from, but often can’t seem to find the square footage for. The good news is that whether you have just one small corner of your den to work with, or an entire designated room, you can carve out a workspace that’s all your own just about anywhere you can place a desk.

Perhaps you already have a home office space but can't seem to get any work done there, in which case it may be time to reconsider what would make it a more productive space for you!

Take a look at our guide to creating an inspiring home office space, and check out our home office gallery below to get your creative juices flowing! 


First, consider the purpose of your office space 


Before choosing a spot to set up, it’s important to ask yourself what you’ll need to accomplish in your office area. Will you need a lot of room for organizing and storing files? Or will you simply need a spot to park your laptop? Knowing this will help you determine how much space to budget for.


  


Choose your space + lighting


Ideally, natural light would be key, so look for an open space near a window first. If that isn’t an option for you, a lamp or sconce that projects warm, soft light is a good alternative for your desk. If your workspace is small, you may also consider purchasing a floor lamp or a lamp that hangs from the wall to save desk space. Additionally, make sure there is an outlet close by so that you can plug in your lamp or charge your computer as needed.

  

  

Choose your desk furniture


If you don’t yet have a desk, measure the area you’re working with before going shopping. When you set out to find the perfect one, remember that your desk doesn’t have to be pricey. Consider searching your local antique market or yard sales around town to find one you can polish up before heading to a furniture store. Even simple, modern desks are easy to find and not too expensive.

Your chair is another important piece of the equation. If you plan to be sitting at your desk for long periods of time, opt for something comfortable and practical. If you prize form over function, choose the chair that speaks to you and simply pad it with a pillow when you find yourself camped out for long periods of time. Before committing to a chair, consider measuring under your desk to make sure you will have plenty of legroom.


  

 

Consider how you'll stay organized


When buying office supplies and accent pieces, consider giving everything a designated spot. If you have a larger desk, look for desktop organization such as magazine holders or file folders. For a smaller desk, you may have to get a little more creative with wall or floor space. If you have available wall space, installing shelves, cork squares, wall pouches, or a metal wall grid allows for more open desk space. If you don’t have much desk or wall space, you could find a filing cabinet or basket that fits under your desk to store office supplies.


   

 

A metal wall grid is perfect for keeping notes, reminders and other supplies hanging right where you can see them, without taking up precious desk space.

Here's how to create a metal wall grid for your own space:

  • Purchase a metal grid from an office supply store (they are usually metal or black, but you can spray paint if you'd like to add some color to your space).
  • If you've spray painted it, allow it to dry, then cut it down with wire cutters to fit the size of the wall space you have to work with.
  • Fasten it to your wall using two standard nails and the clips that came with it.
  • If you plan to hang heavier items on it, you may consider using anchors as well. 

Consider what inspires you


One of the most important parts of creating your own office is adding your personality and style into the space. What inspires and motivates you most? Think of colors, books, quotes, art prints, your favorite scented candle or even a plant or two. Create a moodboard with tears from your favorite magazines, all pinned on a cork board. Even personal mementos like photos or cards help make the space yours. Consider adding a rug under your desk to help your workspace feel cozy.


  

  

If you’re planning a new home office space, we’d love to know what you're thinking of including and how you’re getting inspired this year — get in touch with us!


Need some home office inspiration? Check out our gallery below! 


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