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2021’s Most Popular Home Office Tips

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An office space has always been a top priority for many home owners. Especially for many people now, working from home has become to the new norm. Making these spaces practical for managing schedules, checking emails, and catching up on work is now more important than ever.

If you find yourself stuck and need a little inspiration for your own home office, check out the following ideas we found on Houzz’s most-saved office photos so far in 2021.

The more the merrier

Home office space is precious, and sometimes hard to come by. So, doubling up with another member of the household is often a necessity. And as a plus, it makes it easy to share office equipment and supplies.

At this Vermont lake house, the designers at Cultivation Design Build dubbed this special space “The Study Hut.” A long built-in desktop wraps the corner, leaving room for three people to work in a quiet cozy cabin-like space. Casement windows let in natural light and fresh air.

Tip: If you like an uncluttered desktop or don’t have space for a task lamp, consider sconces.

No space, no problem

Everyone wants a home office, but not everyone always has the space for an open office floor plan. No worries! If you happen to have a spare closet hiding out in a guest bedroom or maybe even tucked away in the hallway, you’re covered. Many people’s work spaces are becoming increasingly compact due to the mobility of laptops, meaning you don’t necessarily need a traditional at-home office.

You’ll want to start by taking off the doors to make it feel more open and not as claustrophobic. There really isn’t a need for a big bulky desk, so opt for a more petite style along with drawer sets from IKEA and you’re set.

Tip: Putting wallpaper inside your cloffice will create the feeling of a separate room, even if it isn’t technically a different room.

Take advantage of wasted space

A slim worktop and shelves takes advantage of this tight corner in a London home by Studio Fabbri. The built-in shelving and desktop in this office corner are composed of light natural wood, and plants add life to the space. The design team also renovated sustainably by reusing the old flooring as the wall cladding and choosing a renewable cork for the flooring.

Make it multi-functional

This home office in Charlotte, North Carolina, serves as a workspace, comfy den and library. In addition to the ergonomic office desk chair, there are comfortable armchairs and a sofa to provide alternative spaces for working.

This handsome home office by Laura Kehoe Design also doubles as a cozy library. Dark blue bookshelves with glass doors and brass light fixtures elevate the look. And a gallery wall of golf-related art provides an attractive background for Zoom meetings. 

Tip: The right chair is well worth an investment. Office chairs have come a long way in recent years, don’t fret. There are plenty of good-looking options out there that provide comfort and style.

Don’t forget:

Microbreaks are short breaks that help maintain energy levels throughout the workday and ward off fatigue. And to avoid strain on your eyes, doctors recommend following the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes, at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. 

That’s why it can be a good idea to position your workstation in front of or near a window! Hope you turn to some of these tips in your next home office renovation!

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