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Home Office Setup Quick Tips to Improve Your Workspace + Office Reveal!

20 office design ideas for the best home office setup to increase your productivity when working from home.

We’ve been in home office transformation mode for the last couple of weeks, and we finally get to share the reveal after all of our hard work!

Can you even recognize this room anymore?!

home office setup with IKEA Billy bookcase shelving
home office before

Robert and I packed this room full of functional furniture, storage, and intentional office decor to make this the best home office setup we possibly could for our pastor Dave, his wife Ellen, and his family so they could use it effectively as a study and school room.

It needed to serve a lot of needs.

Office Needs

  • Home Office Space – This room needed a dedicated space for Dave to study, plan, and write
  • Schooling & Storage Space – This office needed a desk for their kids to do their homework with access to a computer and for Ellen to plan teaching lessons.
  • Guest Room Space – When guests stay over, this office sometimes needs to serve as a single sleeping area, so it needed room for a futon or pull-out convertible chair.
  • Meeting Space – Dave sometimes holds meetings or counseling sessions in this room so comfortable, flexible seating is helpful.

20 Quick Tips to Create the Best Work From Home Office Setup

If you work from home or just need some home office setup ideas to make your space work the best for you, here are all of the tips you need to improve your workspace.

black home office desk in front of a window with shelves

1. Choose a Space Saving Desk

Whenever possible, choose a desk that can convert to different uses.

Look into desk options with a pull-out tabletop for extra work space whenever needed. Opt for a desk that converts into a standing setup, if you often sit for long periods of time. Or buy a desk with plenty of drawers for maximum storage room in a small space.

We used this IKEA MALM desk with a pull-out panel for creating an extra work surface whenever needed.

2. Clear Out Clutter

Make a “home” for everything. Write down a list with all of the office supplies you use and items you need to store. Then, plan where you will place all of those items in your office when not in use. Buy storage containers according to those needs.

For Dave’s desk, we included a leather desk pad to establish a dedicated writing surface. And we strategically placed wooden storage boxes and baskets on the shelves to keep other supplies organized and within reach but out of sight.

black office desk in front of window with desk pad, desk lamp, vase of branches, and shelving

3. Add Good Lighting

Take advantage of natural light by keeping window treatments to a minimum. Allowing natural light into an office space is proven to improve productivity, according to Harvard Business Review.

We added these white window shades to keep the sunshine completely accessible.

Include a desk lamp for task lighting, but avoid blue-hued bulbs like fluorescent lights. Warm-hued light bulbs in the 3000-2700K range is best.

4. Paint the Walls a Light Neutral Color

A “dark and moody” office can make you feel tired. And a brightly colored office can cause feelings of anxiousness. Try a neutral, soft paint color like like a gray/blue to help you feel energized and calm.

We used the color Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray (and we used our trick to paint the trim and walls the same color to help the room seem larger).

IKEA MICKE corner desk in a home office with globe and lamp for homeschooling

5. Invest in Comfortable Upholstered Desk Chairs

Upholstered dining armchairs can make excellent desk chairs when you have to sit at a desk for hours daily. Look into ergonomic desk chair options too.

6. Take Advantage of Unused Space

Utilize an otherwise useless corner of a room with a corner desk, corner shelf, or corner cabinet for optimum storage.

As a dedicated desk for Ellen to make lesson plans as a teacher and for their kids to do homework, we added this IKEA MICKE corner desk with extra shelving for storing their school books.

7. Tame the Cords

We love using desks that have channels for running cords out of sight. Opt for a wireless mouse when using a computer or add a monitor stand to reduce the cord tangle.

We added this rolling printer stand underneath the corner desk to keep the printer accessible without causing an eyesore.

corner desk in a school room for homeschooling and office supply organizer, desk lamp, globe, and upholstered desk chair

8. Take Advantage of Vertical Storage

We love using IKEA built-in shelving or IKEA cabinets for office storage in a small area so that no space is wasted when housing books, files, and supplies.

I like to place decor accents on unused shelves. Then, as books or papers need to be added, decor can be moved to make room for necessary storage. We added IKEA Oxberg doors to these Billy bookcases to hide any unsightly clutter behind solid door panels.

white IKEA built-in shelves with oxberg doors for book storage

9. Set Up a Reading Area

If you have the space, set up a comfortable armchair or sofa to make a cozy reading area or to utilize for meetings, if needed.

10. Add Statement Making Art

Take advantage of windowless walls in a home office by hanging a large piece of art. It mimics the look of a window while making the room appear larger.

We added this plug-in picture light above this landscape art to double as reading light and make the art seem extra “important”.

faux leather futon in a home office with landscape art and picture light

11. Make the Home Office Multi-Purpose

Create a home office setup that serves as a multi-purpose room for hosting guests to take full advantage of it in various living situations. Opt for a futon, sleeper sofa, or convertible chair if you have room.

faux leather futon folded out into a bed in a home office

12. Add a Bluetooth Speaker

If you like to stream podcasts or music while you work, include a bluetooth speaker in the room. We added this Bluetooth speaker that looks totally convincing as a real vintage radio!

13. Use a Plant or Two

Liven up a boring home office with a few plants. Real ones are best for oxygen production but artificial plants can still do the job to wake up a tired space.

Walmart faux leather futon reading nook with IKEA built-in office shelving

14. Include a Coffee Maker

If you plan to host meetings in your home office, keep a coffee maker right in the room to welcome guests (or if you need a mid-day caffeine jolt yourself from time to time).

We setup a coffee station using this demilune table to take advantage of this small corner.

home office coffee station with wall mounted TV and futon

15. Mount a TV

If you need an extra large screen to prevent eye strain, use screen mirroring on a Smart TV to see your computer or mobile screen in a larger format. We used a swivel mount so the screen can be seen anywhere in the room.

home office coffee bar table and wall mounted TV with a futon for guests

16. Use Cord Covers When Possible

We love disguising lamp cords and electronic cords with these cord covers. Paint them the same color as the wall to blend them in.

We use cord covers to disguise unsightly cords in our living room too.

home office lounge area with faux leather futon, throw pillows, and rug
home office gallery wall before

It’s hard to believe this is the same wall, isn’t it?

17. Include a Cozy Rug

It’s a great way to add a punch of color and pattern to an office space while creating the feeling of warmth and comfort.

18. Light a Candle

Working beside the flicker of a candle flame sets the tone for a stress-free space.

19. Run a Diffuser

Use a combination of lavender and peppermint essential oils in a diffuser to help you feel calm yet clear-headed and energized.

I think this home office makeover deserves one more before and after, don’t you think? 😉

black IKEA desk in front of window in a home office setup with upholstered desk chair
home office before

20. Set Up “Zones”

When planning a home office setup, think about your design in “zones”. Each wall in the room should serve a functional purpose such as storage, desk work, lounge space, or utility space. We did the same in this office.

home office setup with IKEA built in shelves, rug, desks, and futon

You can see all of the sources we used in this home office space below.

Home Office Sources

home office with French doors and built in IKEA shelves

I feel so honored that Dave and Ellen entrusted us with this office space in their home, and we hope it provides so much peace and clarity in their family.

We can’t wait to see how God will use this space as a refuge to create a ripple effect throughout our community.


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  1. I would be interested in seeing a similar upgrade with things that would likely be in a home office for those displaced to home or who choose to work from home. Maybe a room that includes items like super-wide monitors (or multiple monitors), computers, laptops, tablets, printers, etc.

  2. Yes, you certainly made use of everything inch of this room and did it so beautiful. You really set up the shelves so pretty but useful. That futon couch doesn’t look like a bed at all. You really thought of everything.

  3. This room really packs a lot of functions in! And you did it without sacrificing style. Beautifully done. When I move down there you can come and do my house.

  4. This office turned out so beautifully! Love how this space can also serve so many functions!