Just about everyone has to bring work home with them at some time, whether that be a stack of paperwork or saved on a laptop. If you’re not an office worker then perhaps you need a dedicated spot to sort the household bills and correspondence. Even the kids need a area to sit and concentrate on homework or do computer research. Whatever your needs, the chances are that you need a home office – whether that looks like a complete room, a nook or a pull-out shelf, that’s up to you. Here are 50 modern home office ideas to help you decide, and inspire the design of your study space decor.
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Two IKEA drawer units form the centre supports of this double desk arrangement, making good use of the space that would otherwise be eaten up by two more trestle legs. | Designer: Avenue Design Studio.
A dining table is a typical spot for ploughing through extra paperwork, kids homework or firing up the laptop, but when dinner time rolls around it can be inconvenient for everyone. Instead, consider setting up a dedicated area nearby so that you can jump straight back into it once family time is through. | Visualizer: Thu Quynh Nguyen.
If you’d rather not be faced with work when you’re in relaxation mode, a computer bureau is an ideal fold a way solution. When closed it will unobtrusively blend in with the rest of the living room/dining room/bedroom furniture. Choose a desk chair like this Muuto Cover Chair, so that when not in use at the desk it will look attractive as an accent piece. | Source: Muuto.
A good dose of botanical influence works terrifically with white and woodtone too. Introduce a healthy collection of indoor plants to your desk area, they can even improve the air quality. | Designer: I Spy DIY.
If you have an untameable abundance of papers and equipment its best to be realistic and plan for it rather than kid yourself that you’re going to manage a minimalist workspace. Choose a set of neat magazine files to group like-with-like papers in a jiffy. Utilise small boxes and baskets for irregular shaped bits and bobs. Invest in more than one set of desk drawers, but in a matching design for a cohesive look. Bright colours work well as they bring light hearted cheer to organised chaos. | Visualizer: aTng 糖.
Home music studios need plenty of bench space to hold extra equipment. A shallow runaround worktop is an ideal solution where space is limited. Pull-out surfaces can hold a keyboard or other peripherals. If music is your thing, do check out our post on: cool headphone stands as well. | Designer: Alina Gulianytska.
Adding the right window treatment is important for practicality as well as aesthetics. Situating your desk in a place with plenty of natural light will help you feel awake, but ensure windows won’t cause reflections on your computer screen as this could strain your eyes. | Designer: Angelina T.
Home office decorating isn’t reserved for closed off rooms, even an alcove can be completely boxed out in different decor to make a stand alone study. These cabinets are all grey in contrast to the white room decor in which its situated. Even a thin threshold of flooring has been changed to grey tile to mark a definitive change of purpose, along with a sliver of wall detailed in grey. | Architect: Studio Wills + Architects.
The About A Chair by Hay sits in front of a selection of bespoke home office organization units. One tall unit has a concealed storage space behind a door in the front and open shelving to the side that is accessible from the desk. A set of drawers on castors can be pulled out and moved to a more convenient spot for access, or to be used as an extra worktop. | Designer: Shmidt Studio.
Small yellow accents go a long way in this white and yellow decor scheme. Coated shelf brackets and a coordinated pendant light fixture is all that’s needed to add decorative flair. The base of the Eames molded plastic chair ties in with a few aqua highlights. | Photographer: Russel Smith.
The best home office designs provide smooth form and function. This desk has been imagined as a volume that descends from the ceiling and climbs down the side of cabinets before bridging the gap and diving into the floor. Indoor plants breathe life into a soothing neutral colour palette, and cool geometric accents bring the decor bang on trend. | Visualizer: Design Me Too.
Even the smallest alcove or nook can make an ideal place to set up shop. All you need is a set of wall shelves with the base shelf wide enough to situate a laptop on, and high enough to rest your legs comfortably beneath. Add a desk lamp and a smart home office chair, et voila! | Visualizer: Blackhaus Studio.
Exposed brick makes up the backdrop to this industrial home decor. Wooden shelves placed at various levels add homey touches to the raw wall. The industrial style table is paired with an Eames armchair. | Visualizer: Denis Karandiuk.
It can be hard to squeeze a formal work area into a living space, but many of us could utilise the wasted floor area under our stairs. You may have to clear out a hoard of old coats but clearing the clutter to set up an area like this would be so worth it. | Architect: Olha Wood.
Two individual spaces have been created in this unusual home office layout. It is divided by a centrally situated asymmetrical desk that mirrors a unique cutaway window. The window slices through wall and ceiling as through the building itself has been cracked in two. The wireless Apple keyboards look pretty in any sort of setup. But if you are looking to mix it up a bit and are looking for keyboards that specifically match your decor, check out our post: 30 Cool Computer Keyboards To Help You Match Your Workspace To Your Decor. | Designer: Skylab.
Symmetry is maintained by placing two matching floor lamps at either side of this modern home office design, which is raised up on a platform in front of a stunning picture window. | Visualizer: Jan Morek & Jana Simonidesova.
A retractable wall gives the option of being open to the home or completely closed off when workload demands more quiet. More of this cool sliding glass wall home office implementation can be seen here. | Designer: Fertility Design.
A small home office may benefit from having fitted furniture, with a made-to-measure desk and units. This fitted desk sweeps over the top of a unique trash can , which is available here, to join with a matching cupboard and bookshelves. A few stylish monochrome prints decorate the free wall space around the window, and a designer table lamp adorns the worktop. | Designer: LUI design+associates.
This tall partition wall cuts off visual distractions but still allows the room to flow into the next area thanks to open walkways at each side of it. The Eames Group Management Chair functions as the computer chair and can move swiftly on castors between the integrated wall shelving unit and the desk. | Designer: Tom Robbrecht.
A low partition wall makes this space feel like a separate room without cutting it off from the rest of the living area completely. The gorgeous modern swivel chair you see here is the About A Chair by Hay. | Designer: Nordico.
A desk can be situated just about anywhere. Behind a sofa is an ideal spot since the length of a sofa matches the span of a desk. Decorative shelving installed behind the sofa can also work double time as office storage. | Visualizer: DucTayone.
A large table in this home office setup acts as a double sided desk for two users. This is particularly suitable if you’d like a dual home office space that doubles as a dining room, because by just adding a few more chairs you’ve got an ideal family eating area. Just make sure you have plenty of space nearby to properly clear away all work things before dinner. | Designer: Shang Yan Design & Guan Pin.