While *before*, a home office might not have been a necessity on our list of home must-haves, they’ve *now* become something of a necessity for many of us (team These Three Rooms included!). Whether yours is at the kitchen table, kitchen island, spare bedroom or you’ve found a nook on the landing, under the stairs or in a cosy corner, figuring out layout and finding space for your essentials are key.
A recent study done by lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, shows that the demand for a home office has increased from 8% to 27% since lockdown began back in March. Thoughts of building a home extension are also more present then ever to accommodate our ever-changing needs, and spare bedrooms have had an upgrade with desks, extra storage and suitable tech.
If you are like me, and your dining table has turned into a home office during the day or your bedroom’s dressing table is now part of your office setup, here’s some serious inspiration to take the look (and function) to the next level. Comfy chair and proper lighting are a must…
Maximise the space you have available with a clever kitchen design like Rotpunkt‘s Zerox Kitchen in new Lava super matt finish, priced from £12,500, which will integrate a dining area that you can double as a home office.
Is your kitchen island part of your dining area? Then, set up your office there – the perks of setting up in the kitchen include easy access to snacks and unlimited cups of tea. Neolith surface in Zaha Stone and Estatuario.
We are all for multi-functional layouts, so including a home office in your kitchen’s design is a great way to make the most of your space. Bramham Kitchen is priced from £15,000, Daval.
Kitchen island, dining spot and home office? Yes, please! Benchmarx Soho light grey kitchen, shown with Woodstone laminate worktop around sink and Herregards Oak table. Prices start from £1,626 (inc. VAT) for an eight-cupboard kitchen, excluding worktops and appliances.
Turn your kitchen island into the perfect home office spot – bring your laptop, agenda and lots of coffee and get comfortable on a stylish bar stool like the gorgeous teal Heather bar stool, £109, from Cult Furniture.
Upgrade your dining table with new chairs and add compact side tables for extra space. The Kendo Chair by Lucidi Pevere in Porcelain, priced approx. £447.19, and the Hide Pedestal by Karoline Fesser, priced approx. £321.72, both available at Hem.
Incorporate a home office in your kitchen through a seamless design. When you close the doors, the home office area blends in with the rest of the kitchen. Photography: Paul Craig
Create a separate nook in your kitchen for a home office. The Tranquillity Kitchen – a bespoke design by Mowlem & Co, successfully separates the work space while providing lots of storage.
Conceal your home office with pocket doors, which tuck away when open. Photography: Nick Smith
Voilà – you have a home office during the day and a luxurious design after you clock out. Photography: Nick Smith
The great thing about a home office is that it doesn’t require a lot of space. So, an office area built in your bedroom’s furniture, which includes a compact desk, a couple shelves and a a stool that doubles as storage, can do the trick. Bespoke home office design, priced from £800, for similar, Kelling Designs.
If you’ve converted your loft into a bedroom, bespoke furniture will make the most of your space. Think of the design you would love to go for and integrate a desk for your home office needs. Neville Johnson Skyloft, priced from £3000.
The Brunel console table from Heals, priced £499, with a mix of Scandinavian and Industrial styles, can also be used as a home office. Add the Brunel stool, priced £99, to tie the look together.
Crown Imperial is dedicated to meeting modern life needs, including a workspace area. The contemporary Textura Fleetwood Rialto black bedroom starts from £500.
Choose a round, glossy desk for a glamorous look. Interior Designer: Accouter for Chelsea Waterfront Photographer: Cunningham Captures
For your bedroom’s working corner, go for a classic design like the S1200 Desk, priced from £1,620 and the S 64 N Chair, priced from £1,005, both from Thonet, available at Chaplins.
Squeeze a compact desk in your bedroom and place it under the window to make use of the space. Add a comfortable chair like the Margot office chair in Blush Pink Velvet and Copper, £199, from Made. Plus, you’ll have lots of light and plenty of fresh air to get your productivity going.
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