Home Office Design Ideas

A home office has many uses and isn’t a mere luxury anymore. You might work from home, or bring work home, or you might just need a place to go through bills, mail or store important paperwork. Kids can use a home office to do their homework, or quietly play a game online. Browse the photos on Houzz for home office ideas and inspiration, and strike up a conversation with the architect or designer or your favourite picks. For more home office ideas, check out the Stories section.

How much office storage do I need?


To ensure your home office or study room isn’t buried under a deluge of paperwork, books and supplies, incorporate plenty of shelves, cabinets and drawers. Floating or built-in shelves with cubbies can stock books and magazine holders; or for a more traditional look, make room for a large bookcase that fits in with the decor of your home. Invest in a filing cabinet to store paperwork, and opt for a lockable filing cabinet if you have sensitive documents. A tray organiser can store incoming mail and will help prioritise bills.

The type of desk you choose is also key to keeping things organised. Look for desks with deep drawers and plenty of surface space, and add tray organisers to the drawers to keep track of staples like pens, pencils, highlighters and sticky tape. If you want a streamlined look, find a way to conceal any computer cables or wires, too. One solution is to install a false back on your desk, if it doesn’t already have one.

How do I choose an office desk and chair?


If you spend long hours hunched over your work desk at home, invest in ergonomic office chairs with wheels for better back health and comfort. Consider optimal lumbar support with flexibility in adjusting handles and back angle. Most rolling office chairs come upholstered, typically in leather, but that’s no reason why you can’t have one custom-made to suit your home decor.

When picking out your work desk, be sure to consider its overall function. If you work from home and hold meetings, pick an oversized, sturdy desk that is double-sided (can be accessed from both sides). You’ll want it to look professional, so opt for dark timbers over high-shine finishes. It’s also a good idea to create a separate study desk for the kids, so homework doesn’t go missing among your files. If your home office is for the whole family a two-person desk or built-in long work bench are more suitable. Where space is tight, look for a retractable computer desk, or utilise an awkward corner with a corner desk.

What home office decor will encourage productivity?


Use your walls for to-do lists: hang a pegboard and paint it in your favourite colour or be adventurous with chalkboard paint and whiteboard panels. Bulletin boards that keep the whole family in order are an extra feature that always come in handy. Use your stationery and office accessories – think pencil cups, paper trays and magazine holders – to add colour and pattern, and desk lamps, clocks, maps and calendars to personalise the space. Above all else, aim for ease of use.
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary study room in Gold Coast - Tweed with beige walls, medium hardwood floors, a built-in desk and brown floor.

Interior Design by Donna Guyler Design
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary study room in Gold Coast - Tweed with beige walls, medium hardwood floors, a built-in desk and brown floor.
Kitchen bench with overhanging storage - webuser_469461494

Scandinavian home office in Sydney with white walls, a built-in desk and black floor.

Justin Alexander
Scandinavian home office in Sydney with white walls, a built-in desk and black floor.
Great idea hidden cupboards and shelf - jane_shirriff

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This is an example of a contemporary study room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a built-in desk and brown floor.

This is an example of a contemporary study room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a built-in desk and brown floor.
The little corner shelf - on the window side - smtwomey

This is an example of a small beach style study room in Sunshine Coast with white walls, no fireplace, a built-in desk and grey floor.

This is an example of a small beach style study room in Sunshine Coast with white walls, no fireplace, a built-in desk and grey floor.

Photo of a small transitional home office with blue walls, carpet and a freestanding desk.

Attic Study with pitched ceiling
Photo of a small transitional home office with blue walls, carpet and a freestanding desk.
how small yet big it looks - joshkrzykowski420

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, a built-in desk and black floor.

Rachel Lewis Photographer
Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, a built-in desk and black floor.
Desk and shelving for study - gazmellie

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary study room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet and a built-in desk.

Floor to ceiling compact home office with a rotating desk for optional work space in front of window. Floating shelves and storage above desk. Storage cupboards, file drawer and general drawers below. Recessed LED strip lighting with cable management throughout. Left wall size: 2.2m wide x 2.5m high x 0.4m deep Back wall size: 2.9m wide x 2.5m high x 0.7m deep Window desk size: 1.2m wide x 0.7m high x 0.6m deep Materials: American oak veneer with 30% clear satin lacquer finish. 5mm solid American oak to front edge of desktop. Laminex Parchment Natural Finish 202.
Cupboard and shelving for kitchen wall above sink - fayeandsteve

Photo of a contemporary study room in Sydney with white walls, light hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and beige floor.

Photo of a contemporary study room in Sydney with white walls, light hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and beige floor.
这个可以是,二号住宅的书房 - roy_huang28

Inspiration for a transitional home office in Perth.

Design and Styling By Colourcube Interiors Photography by Gathering Light
Inspiration for a transitional home office in Perth.
Love the study book in the kitchen - webuser_429889820

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Inspiration for a contemporary study room in Sunshine Coast with white walls, carpet, a built-in desk and black floor.

Phil Neilsen
Inspiration for a contemporary study room in Sunshine Coast with white walls, carpet, a built-in desk and black floor.
Timber screening - rchesterton

Inspiration for a contemporary home office in Melbourne.

Inspiration for a contemporary home office in Melbourne.
This is a nice industrial/contemporary study space. - barringtonhomes

Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style study room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, grey floor and a built-in desk.

Inspiration for a mid-sized beach style study room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, grey floor and a built-in desk.
Love the combo of overhead cupboards with open shelving - leanne_clune

Contemporary study room in Perth with white walls, light hardwood floors and a built-in desk.

Carla Atley
Contemporary study room in Perth with white walls, light hardwood floors and a built-in desk.
Good office book for kids rooms - john_cairns16

Inspiration for a mid-sized modern study room in Melbourne with concrete floors, a built-in desk and beige walls.

Tatjana Plitt
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern study room in Melbourne with concrete floors, a built-in desk and beige walls.
built in desk in study space. dont like all the wood... - anna_o_mahony9

Photo of a transitional study room in Perth with white walls, dark hardwood floors, no fireplace and a built-in desk.

Dmax Photography
Photo of a transitional study room in Perth with white walls, dark hardwood floors, no fireplace and a built-in desk.
Clifford place desk worked quite well - corner desk idea? - lloyd_delyth

Design ideas for a contemporary study room in Perth with grey walls, light hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.

Design ideas for a contemporary study room in Perth with grey walls, light hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.
Option: dark rug colour + bright dining table : emphasis and session the big area - hong_trang86

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Traditional study room in Melbourne with beige walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and brown floor.

Traditional study room in Melbourne with beige walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and brown floor.
not the best but striking - garima_gupta42

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Sydney.

Justin Alexander
Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Sydney.
Office space with some storage cupboards, doesnt have to be huge - georgesden