I am coming up on one full year working from a home office. It’s been amazing.
My space can have whatever I want or don’t want – there aren’t any rules. (Yay, candles & family photos!)
I do not have to use headphones to listen to music or podcasts. (Bring on all the weird ambient jams!)
I can have the lighting level at whatever I need. (Soft, warm, golden light…)
IT CAN BE WHATEVER TEMPERATURE I, AND ONLY I, WANT.
And did you know the money you spend on your home office can be tax-deductible? It’s true!
Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to carve out a space of your own. First, I’ll highlight each of the pieces needed. Then, I’ll show you how to mix all those pieces together.
And since I don’t know a single person who isn’t on a budget for a project like this, I’ve selected all of the pieces below from either IKEA, Target, or WalMart. However, all items shown below are subject to availability. So if you see something you love I wouldn’t wait to buy it!
Hear me out. A desk is a uni-tasker, which is almost always a bad way to spend your money.
Using a dining table, however, can stretch your investment as it can be re-used in many other ways. A table is also much easier to re-sell, should your style ever change.
Additionally, while looking for a desk for my office last year, I found that traditional standing desks are SO UGLY, while also being VERY EXPENSIVE. But I found that a bar table is the perfect height for standing for most people. And happily, there are so many more attractive, affordable options for bar tables than for desks.
While I am advising you to break the ‘rules’ when it comes to a desk, I do in most cases recommend buying an actual desk chair. A desk chair will last longer and will make you more comfortable. You won’t have to be concerned with a sore neck or a numb leg because desk chairs are more ergonomically adjustable. It might cost you more, but it’s a small price to pay to keep your body in shape.
To make the dining table plus office chair combo comfortable, you’ll need to find an office chair with a seat height 8-10″ lower than the top of your table. If your table is 30″ high, then you need a chair or stool with a seat that is 20-22″ high. A standing-height table is usually around 42″ high. So this means you’ll want a chair or stool with a seat that is 32-34″ high.
You have to make sure whatever you choose works for your body, so get the tape measure out and check before you buy! Ergonomics are important!
Here are 6 options for table and chair combos for your home office:
Just a little bit – we’re not going for a corporate office here. Simply a dedicated place to put those files that you don’t look at all the time, and a place to pin notes and to-do lists where you can see them. A small cabinet is also the perfect place to set up your printer if you have one.
I have also found over the past year that if I don’t have a physical pinboard to put reminders and plans on that I walk past every day, I simply don’t get those things done. Yes, I know, it IS just like Trello, but it’s IRL! Turns out, not everything is better online.
Here are 6 options for two-drawer file cabinets and good looking pin board combos for your home office:
Balancing scale in any space is so important because your mind will know when a room doesn’t feel right, even if you can’t put your finger on why. An easy way to make your space feel cozy and “right” is by adding a taller element like a bookcase.
I like the visual interest that a bookcase can bring, especially the when bookcase is interesting on its own. It’s the perfect place to add some more decorative items – even, shockingly enough, books. In addition, using some closed storage boxes for the office bits and bobs can keep you organized while also looking stylish.
Here are 6 bookcase and storage box combos to make your home office feel balanced:
Is this maybe the most important step? Having the music playing OUT LOUD, and surrounding yourself with the lighting you want may go the furthest to making your space satisfying. I know it does for me. Lights and music are the first things I turn on in the morning, and the last to shut off at night.
Here are 6 ‘desk’ lamps and BlueTooth speakers to bring your home office to life:
This is the beauty of your OWN office – it can reflect YOU! And contrary to popular corporate office belief, you can still get work done sitting in a comfy chair with your feet up. With some storage thrown in for good measure. And again, these are pieces that can work anywhere in your home should your situation change in the future.
Here are 6 armchair and storage ottoman combos to bring comfort and personality to your home office:
So now that you’ve seen all the pieces, let’s review each of the 6 sets pulled together into a board for each:
And finally, my home office:
I truly hope this helps you figure out how to make your home office work for you. And as always, if you ever need help figuring it all out, LET ME KNOW! I’m here to help!
How to create a home office on your own terms with ideas and sources to get it done.