Five Simple Design Ideas to Help a Home Office Shine

Whether running a business, managing the family’s finances, or conquering homework, today’s home offices have become an integral part of how families live in their homes. To help meet the needs and desires of home owners, NAHB member and award-winning interior designer Lita Dirks shares five simple design ideas to help a home office shine.

Perfecting Desk Position

It’s important to take time to think about the positioning of the office desk. Views of the entrance make whoever’s sitting at the desk feel secure, while also signifying that they are in a position of authority. Along with views of the entrance, a window-facing desk promotes productivity and boosts energy as the homeowner is exposed to the many benefits of natural light.

Chester Way, photo courtesy of Parkwood Homes

Ensuring Function and Flexibility

Embracing the ability to multi-task is key in a home office. Showcasing the space’s flexibility will resonate with a wider array of potential buyers. A Murphy bed or pull out desk are inventive, effective solutions that satisfy various functions such as hosting guests, answering emails, or creating space for crafting. A thoughtfully designed and creative office will cater to all.

Considering Placement in Plan  

Work is often quiet and contemplative. It follows then that a silent, simple spot would be beneficial. Locating the home office next to the great room or kitchen may lead to steady distraction. As a result, considerate placement of the space is essential for potential buyers.

Avoiding Missed Space

A home office does not necessarily need to be an additional room. If the budget or layout isn’t accommodating to create a separate space, small nooks and crannies can become productive places. A desk can be designed to work underneath staircase space. Or, a bedroom niche can become command central with drawers and bins to keep filing on the fly a breeze.

Including Plenty of Storage

As the average size of homes decrease, the need for thoughtful storage is even more important. Organization in a home office clears out the clutter and creates a clean, crisp space that homeowners feel comfortable inviting clients into. Providing plenty of storage will be key.

Post courtesy of Sue Ridgeway, Director of Marketing at Lita Dirks & Co., an interior design and merchandising firm based in Greenwood Village, Colo.

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