As many Americans are now confined to our homes in part to social distancing & quarantine, most are finding a new normal for their work days. More than any other time, home offices hold a tremendous value. Instead of using the dining room table as your office, having a dedicated work space is critical to your productivity- and sanity! I’ve gathered 10 best home office ideas to give you inspiration- whether you’re converting a dining room or creating a nook in your bedroom.
10 Best Home Office Ideas
1.Add A Bold Accent Color by House on Longwood Lane
Kourtni transformed builder-grade built-in cabinets into a stunning & functional accent wall. With the use of the perfect shade of green, her space is warm & beautiful. And her shelfie styling is definitely on point!
2.Make A Dedicated Office Space In The Guest Bedroom by Girl, Just DIY
You may not have a room dedicated solely for a home office, but Girl, Just DIY got creative with her guest bedroom by creating a Murphy bed to maximize space and dedicating a corner of the room for her office & sewing station.
3.Transform A Windowless Room Into The Perfect Home Office by Up To Date Interiors
From a dark, awkward space with no natural light, Up To Date Interiors got creative by adding doors, a skylight, and cheery wallpaper. Now a dedicated office with privacy & high-impact design. If wallpaper scares you, try peel-n-stick wallpaper.
4.Turn A Blank Wall Into A Work Space by Within The Grove
Even if you don’t have a room to utilize as a home office, you can make a blank wall a suitable work space! Within The Grove shows how to create a focal point with a faux brick wall & how to create a desk out of filing cabinets. If you’re looking to white wash a real brick wall, I have an easy tutorial here.
5.Convert a Dining Room Into An Office For $100 by R&R At Home
Most dining rooms are rarely used spaces, so many people considering converting them to a more usable space like an office. If converting a room sounds daunting- and expensive- R&R At Home transformed her dining room into a fully functional home office for $100!
6.Build A Custom Desk For A Nook In Your Home by Charleston Crafted
If you have a random nook in your home that isn’t serving a purpose, make it an office space. By building a custom desk to fit the space, you can maximize the space and create a custom office area. Charleston Crafted shows how they built a desk to fit an alcove in their home, and it now serves as their home office.
7. Turn A Hallway Into A Home Office by The Eclectic Haven
If you’re thinking there isn’t an alcove, a spare room, or even a dining room you can convert into a home office, don’t worry. The Eclectic Haven shows how all you need is a hallway, and you can create a home office! In one of the most creative transformations & uses of space, an under-utilized hallway became a stunning & cozy home office.
8. Splurge On Stunning Lighting by Erin Lloyd
Whether you’re working with an existing blank space or converting a room, there’s one area where you should splurge on the design- the lighting. By swapping out builder-grade lights with dramatic light fixtures offers a sense of design & style to a space. Peruse chandelier & sconce options to offer high impact to your space- like Erin Lloyd did in her office renovation project.
9. Utilize Awkward Space At the Bottom Of A Stairwell As a Home Office Spot by Love Create Celebrate
Whether it’s a landing or the bottom of a staircase, there are typically areas around a staircase that offer no functional purpose…unless you’re Love Create Celebrate. The previous “dead space” was transformed into a functional home office with a DIY desk and leftover materials!
10.Add Drama On The Ceiling by Clark + Aldine
From a design standpoint, one of the most overlooked areas in a room is the ceiling. Don’t settle for just ceiling white paint. The ceiling is a great opportunity to further the design and add some unique character. Clark + Aldine utilized the ceiling in their office to add some moody & dramatic wallpaper. Ceilings don’t have to be boring!
As we all settle into this new normal of working from home, go beyond the dining room table! No matter your space, get creative in finding a dedicated work space. This will help with your productivity & organization! I hope these home office ideas will inspire you to create your own dedicated space!
Other Tips For Working From Home:
- ROUTINE. The most critical part of working from home is sticking to a routine. Wake up at the same time as you did when you went to the office, stick to your work schedule!
- BREAKS. Take regular small interval breaks. Whether it’s to do a mini-yoga session, drink a cup of coffee, or sit outside. You need those breaks!
- ACTIVE. Stay active. On your lunch break, go for a walk around the block. Meditate. Run on the treadmill for 15 minutes.
- KEEP THE TV OFF. When the TV is on, it’s easy to slip into the habit of working from your couch with all of those distractions.
- MUSIC ON. Keep your music rolling softly in the background.
- CANDLE BURNING. It’s important to keep your environment calming, so light your favorite candle at the beginning of the day!
Do you have your own work-from-home tips? Share them in the comments below!