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Nine practical tips for creating an office space to suit you and your home

Whether it’s an alcove under the stairs or a dedicated floor, your home workspace should reflect your style and make working as easy and enjoyable as possible. So ditch the dining table and create an office that’s private, comfortable and inspiring.

Choose calm shades

A simple colour palette will create a serene environment for working in. The cool shades here along with the natural wooden desk prevent the space from becoming chaotic, even if things get busy. There appears to be plenty of natural light in this room, which is boosted by the bright walls. In the evening, the angled desk lamp will allow for close working and reduce eye strain.

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Prepare for double duty

If you’re tight on space, design your guest room to double up as an office. Maximise the surface area of the room by opting for a sofa bed. This will also provide a relaxing spot for when you need to take a break from the office chair. To welcome overnight visitors, simply add a mirror on a stand in place of your laptop. Pay attention to window dressings to ensure both privacy and light control.

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Put a room at the top

In a busy household, locating your home office in a converted loft could be a great way to find some focus and peace. Velux windows should encourage blue-sky thinking, but ensure you have built-in blinds to control glare on sunny days. Here, the smart carpet softens any noise of the chair moving around the floor, but you could choose a short-pile rug instead.

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Wow your clients

If you have clients visiting your home, it’s a good idea to make the office space look professional and attractive. Instead of tucking your desk away, you could perhaps give up a room that you might otherwise use for something else. If you can’t do this, or if the space is quite small you can still make it a place to show off to clients. Keep it uncluttered and include some accessories and lighting to give it a welcoming feel. Choose chairs that are comfortable and elegant, and aim to create a relaxed environment.

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Make the most of space beneath the stairs

An effective use of space is to create a practical work area under your stairs. A carpenter or built-in furniture company could help you to maximise the area and design something to fit perfectly. A professional might also find a way to store a printer, a shredder and office supplies tidily and out of sight. Here, simple shelves sit around a lower section that protrudes to form a work surface. The space is streamlined, beautiful and functional.

Design a room with a view

If you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful view of the sea, countryside or your garden, make the most of it: a lovely vista could be inspiring in a workspace. This desk is perfectly placed to let in natural light and allow the occupant to enjoy the garden. It’s a versatile design, as the two desk areas give the option of either looking out to the exterior, or moving away towards the wall when it’s colder outside.

Think vertically

In this pretty cottage, a wall-mounted  desk creates a well-defined work zone without taking up floor space. With a set-up like this, you could even avoid cluttering the floor with an office chair by just moving a spare dining chair over when needed. The wall has taken the load for storage and lighting, too, with a bookcase and a directional overhead light for working late into the night.

Soften the edges

The attractive dark woodwork in this office is softened by the organic shape of the desk, as well as the glass top, which gives off a soft reflection. The solid back panel on the desk reduces visual clutter, hiding trailing wires in style. If you work from home full time, it might be worth investing in a bespoke office space like this. If it’s done well,  it could also add value to your home.


Be crystal clear

Transparent furniture performs a clever visual trick that makes a small space look less cluttered. The clear desk and chair here help to maximise light and give minimal visual impact. The space is kept even more streamlined with the addition of a neat, built-in storage unit.

Helen Winter, Houzz Contributor

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