The modern office of the remote worker, digital nomad, or flexible employee is not a cubicle or even a wood-paneled corner office, it's wherever they happen to be working that day. For many hybrid employees, those who alternate between working remotely and working from an office, they are often on the move and carry the essentials between a home office and a co-working space.
For the 68% of employees around the world who work remotely at least once a month, it's important to have a dedicated space to concentrate, work efficiently, and be creative without too many distractions from home. We've compiled a list of unique home office spaces for those who work from home or telecommute to inspire your home workspace.
Before we dive into examples, for those considering creating a space within their home to work remotely or take video conferencing calls from home, let's go through the essentials for any home office.
Here are the basics of what you'll need to work from home in a professional way:
Making the adjustment to working from home if you've previously worked in an office environment can be a big change. It takes self-control, motivation, and strategy to succeed in working independently and creating your own schedule. Environment plays a major role in those who are able to easily make the transition to telecommuting.
Sam Mallikarjunan, CRO of Flock, says, "Have a place you go specifically to work. It could be a certain table, chair, local coffee shop -- some place that's consistently your 'work space.' It helps you get into the right frame of mind."
Creating a routine and having a home office can be a good way to enter work mode when you need to and go back to your personal life when you leave that space. When you're setting up your home office, make sure you're choosing a room or part of your house that's quiet, free of distractions, and distinct enough from the rest of your home so you can truly feel like you're off the clock when you stop working for the day.
Klaus Sonnenleiter, CEO of PrintedArt, suggests using virtual desktops and cloud-based document storage so that you can work from anywhere, anytime. Tools like Google Business Suite and Dropbox help to keep files organized and allow for team collaboration from any location if you're not in your home office.
Working remotely doesn't have to mean sacrificing face to face interactions. Owl Labs' VP of Marketing Rebecca Corliss says, "Use video conferencing platforms to interact with teammates throughout the day. Video meetings rather than phone conference calls can make a big difference in including remote teammates in the conversation."
Let's explore some innovative and attainable home offices to help you get inspired to revamp your space at home.
This home office efficiently uses a small amount of space beneath a staircase to incorporate a storage area, desk and workspace, and even plants. By adding built-in shelves and a small desk chair, this creative area includes everything needed to work from home in about 18 square feet of space.
The population of executives working from home is growing. Home offices can reflect prestige and exude leadership, providing a stately backdrop for video conferencing calls and meetings. The home office featured here subtly incorporates ample storage in hidden cabinets and shelving.
Many couples or roommates are choosing to take advantage of the "gig economy" and freelance trend. This shared workspace at home is like a co-working space in the confines of a study or den. With clearly defined areas, both individuals can focus and stay organized while maintaining remote work-life balance.
This cozy, shared, at-home co-working space is perfect for those who collaborate or host meetings from their home office. With a beautifully decorated space, a creative freelancer or small business could hold client meetings right from their home.
This home office repurposes a wardrobe into a clever home office space. In homes with less space that may need to close up shop when not active, a "hideaway" office is a great choice. When the workday is done, you can close up the wardrobe and go back to home or family mode. This can also help to physically separate work and life.
Visual learners are more likely to work from home for increased productivity and better focus. What better way to work how you want than to set up a space that lets you be creative from home? Try a giant wall calendar or chalkboard wall to get the creative juices flowing.
Source: Pottery Barn
For the minimalist digital nomad, try a hideaway desk that allows you to quickly jump from work mode to home mode in no time at all. This convenient desk area will never gather clutter and help you take video calls or be productive in a distraction-free environment.
If you have the luxury of having an extra room in your home, try a combination guest bedroom and home office. The shared space works perfectly as they will likely not overlap very often. Use a daybed or pull out couch for an office that truly feels like one when guests aren't over.
Source: Design The Furniture
Chalkboard walls are as easy as a new coat of paint. Try decking out your home office space for working from home with chalkboard paint or spaces for visual projects and inspiration. Here's how to add chalkboard paint to any home office or wall.
Source: Kelly Elko
Did you know that plants can improve productivity and job satisfaction by 15% and increase happiness? They also help to add oxygen to the air in your home! Try starting with plants that don't require much light or water, like succulents, peace lilies, or these easy and beautiful plants to care for in your home office.
For those lucky enough to live in temperate environments, a home office can be indoors or outdoors. If you are considering an outdoor home office like this creative, floral space, make sure you have WiFi that extends outdoors, or a router that can stretch your signal.
Source: Funky Junk Interiors
Try finding an unused space and thinking outside the box to repurpose it into a personal, inspirational area for you to work from home, take a break from the usual coffee shop you work from, or get into a deep focus away from the office. This home office space uses a loft/attic area and incorporates a desk, couch, and bookshelves as well as art materials.
Source: Fresh Home
Today's work-from-anywhere culture allows for some creative solutions for those that want to live on the move. Hitch this mobile office right onto your method of transportation, and you'll have dedicated office space anywhere you want!
Source: Tiny House Talk
Turn your old garden shed into an oasis of productivity! With a simple re-design, you can turn your underutilized backyard into a unique workspace. Keeping your work in a separate area from your home keeps you focused and reduces the urge to flip on the TV.
Source: Studio Shed
When building your dedicated home office space, it's essential to build a space that supports your health. Standing desks are a good way to reduce the time you spend sitting. You'll keep yourself more alert for work with this desk. Studies have shown that standing while working burns more calories than sitting, keeping your health on track.
With the perfect office setup decided, you're going to need to know how to organize it all. The right combination of tools will help your workspace shine!
As today's world shifts to digital, your files should jump to digital as well. Paper filing systems become cluttered and difficult to search through. Cloud storage software like Dropbox or an external hard drive is the perfect solution to keep all of your digital files available anywhere you have an internet connection, and easily searchable. Invest in a scanner that can convert physical documents to digital files. With these tools, you'll cut the clutter and keep yourself focused instead of tearing your office apart for a document.
One big productivity killer is the sudden urge to clean your space instead of working. Keeping your desk as clear as possible will keep you productive. A clear desk with only your monitor and keyboard will keep you focused and less likely to break into a sporadic cleaning session.
Although files should be digital, sometimes you need physical storage. With printers, binders and the occasional house plant, your desk can become cluttered if you don't invest in storage. The best storage is a cabinet or drawer that can fit under your work surface and give your room more space. Use shelving and organizing trays to hold pens, sticky notes, and other office materials that can accumulate.
Here's the common scenario - you only have two outlets and a lot of devices to charge. Your laptop, desktop monitor, phone, and desk clock all need space to charge. You end up cycling through outlets and have to sacrifice power for one item to charge another. Cut the hassle and improve your effectiveness at work by organizing your cables.
Invest in a power strip to plug into your outlet for maximum coverage. Cable organizing boxes and clips will keep your cords locked in so you won't end up rolling over them in your chair. Your room will also look extra chic, with no messy cords spilling out from behind your desk.
Home offices come in many setups, sizes, and budgets. Creating any kind of dedicated environment for remote work will help you to achieve remote work-life balance and a distraction-free environment when working from home.
To learn more, read our flowchart to decide if you should work from home today.