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 home office in Melbourne with a library, white walls, carpet, no fireplace and beige floor.

Wall to wall storage and shelving unit with rolling library ladder. Thick top with large recess below as a simple design feature. Adjustable shelves throughout. Ladder with hanging hooks for upright storage. Size: 4.1m wide x 2.7m high x 0.4m deep Materials: Crown cut American Oak veneer stained to walnut colour with 30% clear satin lacquer finish. Back panel above bench top in American Oak veneer painted Dulux Luck. Back panel behind shelves painted to match wall colour with 30% gloss finish. Ladder Material: Ladder, fascia and rail in solid Victorian Ash stained to match cabinet walnut colour. Metal fittings powder coated black.
Love the ladder addition to this bookshelf - jo_kheir

Large contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, a freestanding desk and grey floor.

Large contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, a freestanding desk and grey floor.
Desks in shed not bolted in so can change room - tmcashman

Design ideas for a contemporary study room in Melbourne with grey walls, carpet, a freestanding desk and grey floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary study room in Melbourne with grey walls, carpet, a freestanding desk and grey floor.
Colours - irene_williamson

Traditional home office in Melbourne with blue walls, carpet, a freestanding desk and grey floor.

Hannah Caldwell
Traditional home office in Melbourne with blue walls, carpet, a freestanding desk and grey floor.
Nice home office - kpideasbook

This is an example of a contemporary home office in Melbourne with a library, black walls, concrete floors and grey floor.

Designer - Fiona Lynch Featuring Inlite - Delta Light Spy Clips. Photography - Sharyn Cairns
This is an example of a contemporary home office in Melbourne with a library, black walls, concrete floors and grey floor.
Like floor to ceiling bookcase and ladder - vanessa_waddell

Mid-sized scandinavian study room in Melbourne with a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround, a freestanding desk, white walls and dark hardwood floors.

View within the study showing the addition of contemporary bookshelves. photography: Tatjana Plitt
Mid-sized scandinavian study room in Melbourne with a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround, a freestanding desk, white walls and dark hardwood floors.
Like the way the bookshelves in office utilise space above heaters - kayjwa

Mid-sized eclectic home office in Melbourne with a built-in desk.

The basis of the design of this space was the vintage table lamp. Its such a beautiful green and it works really well with pink. Pink are the colours of Leeder Interiors which was a nice coincidence.
Long and thinner in width ... - webuser_520539451

Photo of a transitional study room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and beige floor.

Suzi Appel Photography
Photo of a transitional study room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and beige floor.
Open shelving. Great for plants. In that corner. - erin_bennett23

This is an example of a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and brown floor.

This is an example of a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and brown floor.
Simple black desk, creeping plant off shelves - webuser_371163750

Modern home office in Melbourne with brown walls, a built-in desk and white floor.

Modern home office in Melbourne with brown walls, a built-in desk and white floor.
layout, palette, flooring, materials, lighting, chairs - jessica_scott65

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.
Study area, natural timber look - melanie_ho81

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

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

This is an example of a small traditional study room in Perth with light hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.

Sam Perejuan Photographics
This is an example of a small traditional study room in Perth with light hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.
The built-in bookcase around the door looks great and saves space - jeanineperth

Inspiration for a traditional home office in Brisbane with a library, medium hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.

Hannah Puechmarin
Inspiration for a traditional home office in Brisbane with a library, medium hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.
style, size, quality of shelves/cupboards. Ladder - lisanasis

Contemporary home office in Melbourne with grey walls, a freestanding desk and beige floor.

Quest Home Office at Aurora Estate, 9-11 Barham Way, Wollert.
Contemporary home office in Melbourne with grey walls, a freestanding desk and beige floor.
Creat lovely round - rachael_cheung

Contemporary study room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet and a freestanding desk.

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Contemporary study room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet and a freestanding desk.
Not the colour just the design for office - zf_karam

Inspiration for a contemporary study room in Sydney with white walls and a built-in desk.

Inspiration for a contemporary study room in Sydney with white walls and a built-in desk.
Awesome option to allow upstairs to be closed off or let light/ sun in - gavenmangano

Contemporary study room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and black floor.

On Display Photogrpahy
Contemporary study room in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and black floor.