Contrary to popular belief, a great home office doesn’t necessarily require an entire room with soundproof walls and a deadbolt on the door (you know, to keep the kids out while you’re working). In fact, if you want to design a simple home office, you can work with just a bare corner in your living room and something comfy to sit on.
We’ll show you 6 tips to help you design a simple home office without knocking down walls or doing a complete renovation.
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6 Tips to Design a Simple Home Office
If you want a simple home office that doesn’t take months of planning and a laundry list of renovations, you can put any of these smart tips to use. From the placement of your desk to the visibility of your cords, here are 6 ways to make sure your office looks simple, organized, and clean.
Use natural light from a window
If you set up your desk in front of a sunny window, you’ll have natural light to work by and the view will recharge you each time you look up. If you add some plants to your office area, you’ll get the added benefit of breathing fresher air.
Exposure to sunlight and fresh air have been shown to benefit your productivity and health in several ways.
Real Simple suggests adding a tall bookcase to the wall nearest the window, adding a lot of storage space and making the area seem larger.
Use the wall
We mentioned adding a tall bookcase to your simple home office because it takes advantage of vertical space, something many people fail to do when they design a home office. You can use the wall to create extra space in your office. Ideas include:
- Attach metal cups labeled with their contents to the wall in front of your desk. You can add ribbon, fabric, paint, etc. if you’d like.
- Install a shelf or two to keep your things organized and prevent yourself from making piles of papers all over your desk or cluttering the space with picture frames or knick knacks.
- Hang a dry erase board, bulletin board, or chalk board. Use it to keep track of your things to do for the day, important reminders, tallies, etc.
Match your home’s vibe
If the rest of your house is full of warm colors and wood, you don’t want to design an office that focuses on shiny metal and angular silhouettes. Let your home office blend into the surroundings by bringing in some decor or furniture from other parts of your home and finding new furniture that is visually complementary.
Have furniture do double duty
If your space is small, you want to make sure every piece of furniture is functional and worth the space it takes up. Don’t waste space on artsy pieces that look great but have no real purpose in your work space.
Use the rest of your home to focus on form; in your home office, focus on function.
Use a bold color that makes you happy
You don’t have to be into interior design to have a color preference. Pick up some paint swatches or browse color shades online. Look for a color that catches your eye and visually appeals to you more than others. If you don’t have a dedicated room for your home office, paint the wall closest to your desk in your chosen color.
Alternatively, incorporate the color with throw pillows, colored binders, or painted furniture.
Hide the cords
No matter how you decorate or design your simple home office, it will look better if cords are neatly hidden (but still easily accessible). You should first unplug, straighten, and untangle all the cords, then gather them and guide them through the hole or grommet near the back of your desk.
You can cover the cords with fabric to put them completely out of sight, and there are baskets and cord holders available that can help you keep them organized under your desk.