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Smart, Modern Home Office Design Ideas

by Zach Williams

More people are working from home than ever before. With this trend comes the need for home office designs that are as functional and productive as commercial office designs are. Many people start their working from home journey at a table or desk in a public space, but after a while, it makes sense to set up an office that’s more conducive to a working environment. There are a lot of ways that you can go about designing an office space. Modern home offices are generally streamlined to help you make the most of your time there. These ideas will help you get started on creating your own beautiful, functional home office!

Smart Lighting


Light is one of the most important parts of any working area. You need to be have enough light to allow you to see, whether you’re looking at a computer screen or a craft table, without straining or squinting.

Because your office is indoors, it’s also important that your lighting design include full spectrum light, which has been linked to better productivity and energy performance over the course of the day. Smart lighting fixtures can help you make the best use of any natural light you may already have in the room, as well as provide you with the necessary additional lighting you need.

Smart fixtures turn on automatically when they sense movement in the room. They can also be programmed to turn on and off at specific times of day, as well as to dim or brighten accordingly. This means that you never have to worry about whether you have adequate light, or about using too much electricity within your office. Just program the lights to your specifications and let go of one more thing to worry about so you can focus better on your work.

Custom Work Table

Obviously, you need to have some type of desk at which to perform your work, but the idea of the single, large desk is becoming outdated in both home and commercial offices alike. Large desks take up unnecessary space in the room. They also tend to have limited seating areas, so while the surface of the desk may be large, you’re usually confined to using one specific area of it directly in front of you.

Investing in a custom work table makes more sense for the modern office. Design your table to fit within the space you have. It can wrap around a corner to give you two distinct work surfaces, for example, or give you a large work area with storage on the ends, rather than just below the top.

Keep the desk itself streamlined and simple; a sturdy top on hairpin legs is sufficient as long as the proportions are correct. You can also ensure that the desk is at the correct height for optimum comfort, allowing you to work for longer and be more efficient at once.

Anti-Fatigue Flooring


If you stand a lot for your work, or you use a standing desk, consider putting in anti-fatigue flooring of some kind in your home office. One material that works well and gives you a clean, updated look for your office is cork.

Cork is a natural material made from the bark of a tree, which regrows quickly, making cork a sustainable, green flooring choice as well. The material is soft and resilient underfoot, so you can stand on it longer without fatigue. Cork floor tiles come in a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns, any of which will work beautifully in a modern office set up. Pair a dark brown cork floor with a lighter bamboo wood desk for an eco-friendly and contemporary office appearance.

Built-In Cubbies

It’s important not to overlook the walls in your home office, and how important they can be to organization and style in the room. Instead of cluttering up the floor of your office with bookcases, filing cabinets, and other storage solutions, hang these on the walls instead with built-in cubbies and shelves.

Cubbies make the most sense from an office standpoint because you can fit so many different options within them. For example, fit doors onto some for storing paper and printer supplies. Others can have a hanging file systems installed for important papers, and you can have custom bins made that slide in and out for holding pens, craft supplies, coffee pods, or anything else you use in your day.

Cubbies are also sleek and contemporary looking when compared to old-fashioned shelves which show everything on them. A cubby system fitted with frosted glass doors, for example, would help the room look larger and brighter as well, making the most of the entire space.

Make the Most of Your Home Office


Home offices can be just as functional as a commercial office as long as you take the time to set it up properly. Invest in this space without custom workstations and storage to better meet your needs, and enjoy working from home more than you ever thought possible.

Looking to remodel your home office? Contact Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) Builders & Remodelers online or give us a call at 214-281-8800 today to get started!

Posted on: December 14, 2016
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