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Office space

The home office

This room is primarily task-orientated so its design will be governed by practical considerations, but once these basic needs are met, go wild - if you have to work at home, you may as well be happy in your environment!


Drawing up a room plan will draw your attention to the issues to take into account when designing a study, these are:

  • Windows - screen glare can be an issue with computers.
  • Door - you may need to face the door, or you'll find it distracting.
  • Sockets - power, phone and TV points will govern the placement of the furniture.

Design hints

  • Avoid office furniture - while the keyboard area and chair may need ergonomic design, adapting the shelving inside a wardrobe creates alternative storage. Baskets or wine racks could also replace in-trays.
  • Comfort zone - studies often double as guest bedrooms so a futon or sofa-bed may be incorporated anyway, but consider adding seating to this area even if it is not required as a change of perspective can aid concentration.
  • Wall art - a memo board may be required, but with the addition of photos or art prints it's inspiring as well as functional.
  • Lighting - good task lighting is vital in a study.

Striking a balance between domesticity and function in a home office is the root of successful study design.


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