Sample Home Office Layouts

  • 01 of 05

    My Home Office

    My Home Office
    My Home Office. Cath McIntyre

    This first example is my own home office. What I've tried to present in the image is that my home office is part of a larger room. I share space in our Great Room. My home office was planned and designed as part of the process of building the entire room. Part of that planning involved where the window would be in relation to my desk and of course where electrical outlets and telephone jacks would be situated.

    When deciding on the location of outlets and phone jacks, the decision was made to have the outlet my computer would be plugged into having its own circuit in the electrical panel. I also allowed for the installation of enough outlets for all the equipment I had and what I may have in the future. That way I don't overload any one outlet.

    I do like my current home office but I am always considering other ideas as well and some of these ideas are here for you to view.

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  • 02 of 05

    Home Office with a View

    Sample Bay Window Home Office
    Sample Bay Window Home Office. Cath McIntyre

    This home office idea is one I had after seeing some photos of a new home that was being built. Most people start picturing their living room furniture in a room like this but not me. I always seem to start thinking how a space would work for a home office.

    When considering this style of room with a large window, it's important to remember that you don't want to have your home office equipment visible to anyone passing by, so it is important to have curtains or blinds on your windows. The curtains or blinds also help control the light in your home office and natural light is always beneficial.

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  • 03 of 05

    Sharing Space with a Bedroom

    Sample Home Office in a Bedroom
    Sample Home Office in a Bedroom. Cath McIntyre

    I admit I do bring my laptop into my bedroom and do some work there. Not an ideal work area as it really isn't one. I do often consider if I had space in a bedroom how it could be used as a home office as well. An element that helps me visualize it working is using a large screen or divider (perhaps one of those re-purposed doors which hold photos) to divide the sleeping space from the working space.

    You can also use closets in the bedroom for storage or even to have your home office in, so that when your work is done, you can close the doors to it.

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  • 04 of 05

    Dining Room and a Home Office

    Home Office in a Dining Room
    Home Office in a Dining Room. Cath McIntyre

    Another popular room to create a home office in is the dining room. You may be lucky enough to take over the entire room and then you have total freedom to how you layout your office furnishings. For many of us, we still need that space for a place to eat or for children to do homework. Creating a shared workspace may require considering smaller sized furniture for your home office. You don't want a desk that overwhelms the room. You will also be more likely to feel crowded and it could be harder to stay motivated to work in your home office.

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  • 05 of 05

    Unique Room Shapes

    Home Office in a T-Shaped Room
    Home Office in a T-Shaped Room. Cath McIntyre

    The room or space you have available for your home office may not be a perfect square or rectangular shape. You may find that the best space for your home office will be in a room that has more than 4 walls. This can present challenges depending on how space is laid out and the locations of electrical outlets and phone jacks. In a T-shaped room, if the base of the T-shape is large enough, that can be an excellent area for storage of files or reference books. You may have to consider another style of a desk or perhaps use a combination of two different styles to provide you with adequate work surfaces.