When I became a freelancer, I didn’t understand the value of dedicated office space. I figured that anywhere you can prop a laptop and use your phone qualifies as a home office- wrong. A home office is much more than that for a telecommuter or at-home worker: at times, it is the only way that working from home is possible! Think about your day-to-day needs when it comes to working at home and carve out your own dedicated office space.
Consider these 25 office layouts and floor plan ideas for your home:
Cooperative Meeting Space
This floor plan features an open-air feel that is conducive to meetings and group ‘thinks’, the keystone of teamwork. The seating against the wall and the casual way that chairs surround the desk or workstation make it clear that whoever works from this office is busy and rarely sitting in front of their computer. There is ample room to move around, which also is great for assessing, shipping, or organizing inventory or products, too.
Cozy Corner Office
This cozy corner office space is all about providing you with the setup and solace needed to succeed. The workstation in the corner is expansive and offers plenty of room for spreading out and digging in. There is seating along the wall, but less floor space and room for groups; rather this is an ideal place to get things done. There is a sense of privacy that comes from the positioning of the door, though in the Feng Shui theory, you should never sit at your desk with your back to the door!
Smaller Space Solution
This cozy configuration allows you to turn even a small or odd-shaped space into a functional and productive workspace. The side-chairs free up more room than a sofa, and the facing work surfaces are more compact and streamlined than a traditional desk. This is a great space to collaborate and the use of the room’s corners creates more floor space and flow, cleverly adding a sense of openness to an otherwise smaller, perhaps cramped area.
Take one for the Team
This office layout is crafted for the team, and to get things done! There are different sectors within the space that allow for separate functions, yet solidarity among those you are working with. Don’t have the need for a team? The way that this workspace is positioned, you have segregated areas to work on different tasks. This would be an ideal home office for a crafter, artisan, or producer.
A Grand Entrance
Want to feel like a big wheel at the helm of your ship? This office layout accommodates this- and more. The clear view of the door and ample work surfaces allow for a perfect partnership- this office has room for you and a first mate! This configuration allows for a clear view of the entire space, while also allowing you a peek out the door, which may be helpful for work-from-home parents or multitaskers.
This office plan allows you to have sweeping space surrounding your chair, making use of corners for additional storage and seating. This opens up floor space in front of the door, also in the corner, giving you room to greet and engage guests or clients, as needed. The focal point in this room is the corner workstation unit, which gives you the perfect opportunity to show off a vintage desk or cool office furnishings.
Plenty of Room for Productivity
The configuration demonstrated here allows for maximum seating, perfect for team meetings or small groups. The position of the desk allows for the facade of privacy when someone enters the space- or if there are others working in the room at the same time. If you have a window with a view, the position of the seating area makes for a great place to meet with clients or engage with family.
Large and Lofty
The position of the door and the corner seating unit make this office space seem large and lofty. The sectional seating has retro flair, which you can complement with the right modern-meets-vintage furnishings. The simple workspace near the door is efficient and makes good use of space, though you are still sitting with your back to the door which is not ideal. If you don’t have a window over your workspace, add a mirror to make the cubicle seem larger and to give you a peek when someone enters the room.
Home Away from Home
This configuration and design emphasize the ‘home’ in-home office; the comfy seating area would be a great place to meet with colleagues or to retire with family after a long day. Tucking the desk and workstation in the corner makes it accessible and semi-private from the rest of the room, yet still very accessible to other areas of the office. Bring in some plants, colorful pillows, and your office feels more like home than other schemes or layouts.
Optimal Office at Home
This layout is a dream home office with optimal features, like a workstation for four and aesthetically appealing seating areas for clients or families. The simple configuration is traditional, and this would appear very regal and well-thought-out when replicated in the home. This is a space where things get done, congruent with productivity. Pocket-doors provide privacy and a semblance of segregation from the rest of the house.
Flexibility and Fun at Work
Depending on what you do, you may want flexibility in your home office. That is, not everyone needs the traditional desk set-up and this configuration is empathetic to that. From the dual workstation to the built-in counter with seats and corner surface space, this office is ideal for those that want to spread out and get things done. This format works well in uniquely shaped rooms or spaces that may seem difficult to configure; creativity makes this a very convenient and work-friendly office idea.
Have a Seat
When you swing open the door to this office space, you won’t believe you are at home. This has the feel of an actual waiting area with private meeting space behind it- which could make it a lot easier to get things done and keep interruptions to a minimum. The desk faces the door which provides a sense of control and makes it easier to manage who comes and goes. The entry flows to sofa seating which brings a comfortable and casual vibe to your workspace.
This office configuration puts you in a position of power with a dual control-style workstation, flanked by ample surface area for whatever needs to get done. A simple seating area separate from ‘control central’ makes the room have dimension and space that seems larger than it actually is. Windows contribute to this aura, and lots of open floor space gives the room an unhurried, relaxing vibe.
His, Hers, Theirs
If you regularly share your workspace with someone else, this configuration and plan may be the perfect compromise. Two separate but equal work areas sit back-to-back, allowing the door to be unobstructed and affording each unit equitable privacy. A rather expansive common area unites the space, providing a comfortable and stylish middle-ground for both of you. Windows on exterior walls provide natural light that adds to the feeling of space.
Copy This austere and sophisticated office design is ideal for those that work from home and occasionally have colleagues join them. The circular workstation creates an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation- perfect for productivity among peers. The simple sofa for seating is flanked by additional surfaces that may prove useful during meetings or meals. There is a clubhouse-feel to this unique office that makes you automatically at-ease.
This pretty space really is a designer’s dream, with furnishings that are opulent and regal yet still completely functional. The star of the show is the pair of coordinative wing-back chairs that evoke a feeling of vintage class and elegance; the desk in the corner is discreet and stately. Add a funky or fun desk chair for a touch of whimsy in this lovely office.
Come on In
This layout beckons visitors and pulls you in, with simple lines and a great sense of flow. From the desk facing the door, there is a feeling of calm control. Seating to the right is tucked behind the door, offering respite away from where work is getting done. A wraparound counter behind the desk provides ample surface space without being crowded or cluttered. The office is inviting, but also professional.
Very Versatile Vibe
This office space is versatile enough for whatever you do, with expansive work surfaces and multi-person workstations. Comfy chairs on casters roll from site to site, creating flow and leaving the room uncluttered by a lot of extra furniture. The walls anchor miles of surface space for spreading out materials and getting down to work. A wing-back chair in the corner provides a feature that could be a focal point of the space when chosen in a fun texture or unique print.
The way the two distinct areas of this home office layout are positioned, it is perfect for collaborating. The seating space and the workstations are separate but flow into one another seamlessly. This would do in both large or small spaces, though there is an inherent feeling of intimacy in this particular layout. The facing workstations provide versatility when not in use, and simplify the looks of an office that two people could easily work in together.
A Wonderful Welcome
The way the door opens in this configuration creates a warm and wonderful welcome to your office space. There is casual, homey seating to the right, and then the eye travels to the work area, off to the left, which is open and anchored by the wall. This provides a feeling of stability and makes the room seem larger. Keep a corner untethered by furnishings and add a plant or small tree for an eco-friendly focal point.
An Airy Aura
The positioning of a full, lush plant in front of the door creates an airy atmosphere for this home office layout. Behind the plant is the end of the workstation that wraps around two entire walls, providing surface space for miles! The Murphy table and chairs provide the perfect space for two, as needed, without cramping, crowding, or taking away from potential space in the office.
All Systems Go
This particular office design resembles a control room and all systems go; this is the ideal way to engage several individuals at the same time, without chaos or confusion. Surface space along a wall faces a wall with two empty corners- except for maybe a plant- to create the illusion of openness; it works! From team meetings to group projects, this configuration is convenient to work together but individually in the same space.
Step into Style
The doors to this home office open to a grand, stylish sight; to the right is a sofa, flanked by coordinating chairs and ample surface spaces to complete whatever you are working on. To the left is a wraparound wall unit that accommodates two people, side by side, comfortably. The middle of the office is left open and creates a flow and openness that is aesthetically-pleasing.
To Each Their Own
Here is the solution to a home office that will work for a whole team; this home office design creates four separate but mirror image workstations. The middle of the room is left open, and the door swings into space, creating the allure and impression of a lot of room. Each individual unit has ample space and surface area for whatever you do- and when not in use, these workstations are discreetly tucked along the wall, out of the way.
Hanging at Home
Who wouldn’t want to hang out in this home office? The layout gives it a cool, airy vibe that is both comfortable and inspiring. Plenty of free space near the door gives you room to breathe and unwind after a long day or when you are facing an important task. The workstation easily accommodates two, and is compact along the wall, out of the way. A chill seating area and work surface provide a great spot to brainstorm, meet with colleagues, or hang out.