If you’re thinking about a larger office the home office floor plans page is for you.
I once had a desk which faced a window, only the window sill was just above eye level. That way there was no glare on my computer screen as as my eyes had to raise to see the view I had tree tops and a church spire for a view, rather than the road.
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All the questions below need to be answered for each home office layout.
Shelves are crucial for office storage. If the office door is placed slightly in from all of the walls, this leaves maximum space for storage.
This is the most important question from which all the other answers will flow and it needs to be answered for each person that needs an office, even if the office space might be in the same room.
Getting a bit bigger but still under the legal room size of 70sqft here’s an 8 x 8ft (2.44 x 2.44cm) office.
For most of us a home office is somewhere to work at a desk, probably with a computer and printer and file a bit of paperwork (eventually!). If you want to be able to read then having a comfortable chair or sofa with a reading lamp in your home office can be a welcome addition.
On the other end of the scale, if you’re working a demanding full time desk job from home it could be the place you spend the most time when you’re at home. If this is you, spend the time you need to get your home office layout right.
Let’s have a think about all the activities that need to be considered for the design of your home office layout.
Here’s a 6 x 6ft (1.83 x 1.83m) office with a corner desk featuring drawers at each of the far corners from the chair and shelving above the desk.
If you’re doing general household administration such as school paperwork, paying the bills and surfing the internet a bit then you might be spending a few hours a week in your home office. This might require only a small office.
Homework rooms are gaining in popularity. These are usually located near the main living area of the home, so that adults can supervise how much work is going on and what’s on the computer screen.
This 7 x 10ft (2.13 x 3m) home office floor plan houses a 4½ x 2½ft (1.37 x 0.76m) desk with a side return.
in a room nearby the kitchen in a room as part of the master suite upstairs using one of the bedrooms as an office near the entrance to the home upstairs or downstairs?
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The desk is perhaps the most important piece of furniture in a home office and you have a few choices to make…
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All of the office spaces that are featured here are smaller than the minimum size of 70sqft for a habitable room.
Here’s an example of a floor plan of a small home office design under the stairs. This one houses a 5 x 2½ft (152 x 76cm) desk and there’s room for the chair to be pushed in behind the bi-fold doors.
The home office can be doubled up with another room in the home. The most likely candidates are:
The key in each case is great storage so that the office can disappear when it needs to.
No matter where the window is in your office, the chances are that at some point you’ll need to prevent direct sunlight from hitting your computer screen.
In this 7 x 10ft (2.13 x 3m) home office floor plan each person has 4 x 2½ft (1.23 x 0.76m) of desk space with a side return. Again, a pocket door might suit this space better.
There’s a bit of a movement out there for standing desks so that we’re not sitting down all the time. Well here’s an idea that’s a win, win, win. How about a bar height desk? That way you can stand if you like, sit if you like (on a comfortable bar stool with a good foot rest) and there’s more storage space underneath than with a desk at the normal height.
If you’re planning to have a chair on casters for your desk chair think carefully about your office flooring. Castors will make loose rugs and most domestic carpets ripple underneath. Think about buying one of those plastic mats that goes on top of the carpet, or using the same carpet that you’d find in an office block – maybe carpet tiles.
To make a corner desk more usable, consider having the corner flattened off so that you have an area of desk immediately in front of you rather than having to reach too far forward.
This 7ft x 5ft small home office design (above) houses an L shaped desk. The main desk is 5ft x 2½ft (152 x 76cm) with the addition of a left hand return sized 5ft x 2ft (152 x 61cm). Naturally the return could you on the right hand side if you prefer.
This is my personal favorite way to position a desk in a home office. The wall facing the desk can be used for shelves and a pin board so you can surround yourself in what you’re working on, all within eye sight or easy reach.
Built in or a piece of furniture? What height should the desk be? If it’s an office for multiple people will the desks be around the edge of the room, in a row, or facing into the middle of the room.
In this 7 x 10ft (2.13 x 3m) home office design each person has a 7 x 2½ft (2.13 x 0.76m) desk with a shared side return. A pocket door might suit this space better to decrease the risk of someone being knocked off their chair when the door is opened.
As we go through a few designs lets have a think about how to place the desk in an office.
Blinds can be a great window treatment in your office, that way you can cut the glare, but avoid blocking out all the light as curtains might.
If your desk faces the window but is on the opposite side of the room, glare can still be an issue if you have low winter sun.
I’m struggling to find a word to describe the next size up of small home office designs but I’ve decided on ‘cubby’. These are small rooms but still below the minimum room size of 70sqft.
If you’re looking at a bigger space for a home office check out these home office floor plans.
Here’s an office design for two people sitting back to back.
I haven’t put windows in these designs but if your cubby ends up being in a location with a window all the better.
This 7 x 10ft (2.13 x 3m) home office design includes a 5 x 3½ft (1.52 x 1.01m) desk with shelving on each side wall.
The purpose of this page is to look at small home office design in terms of the dimensions of the space and different furniture arrangements. Maybe you’re trying to figure out if you can use that small alcove for an office. Maybe you’re in the design phase and want to know how much space you need for a small home office space. Either way, this page should give you some benchmarks and ideas to start from.
How about wrapping paper, photography equipment, craft equipment and other specialized items related to your individual activities.
Would a homework room or communal home office layout meet your needs?
The other option is to include a room divider to shield your home office from view from other parts of the home.
This 10 x 10ft (3 x 3m) home office floor plan houses a 5 x 2½ft (1.52 x 0.76m) desk sitting diagonally in the space.
Under the stairs In a corridor On a landing Any other small spare or extra space that’s added to the floor plan
Depending on how many people need a home office you may decide to have one home office, or several home offices. Think about how you will use your offices and what other activities will be going on in the household at the same time. Would it be best located…
The door needs to swing to the outside, or if it’s possible, depending on the surrounding walls, a sliding door is ideal.
I always think a desk lamp lends a homely touch, and I have a little heater to keep me warm in my office when the central heating is off.
Or you could decide to go without the return and have a wall of shelves instead.
Here’s just a few tips that I couldn’t finish writing this page without including.
See the home office floor plans page or the small home office design page for some ready made layouts. You might find one that suits you.
The home office in a room of its own Home offices for 2 Double duty home offices Communal home office
You might be designing your home office layout from different circumstances:
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This is 14½ft x 11ft (4.4 x 3.4m) dining room which also doubles as home office. Click through to the website for more on home office design. Notice the storage on 3 sides.
Depending on the layout of your stairs you might be able to carve out some additional space for storage under lower level stairs. Office Booth
This refers to offices that are in those ‘spare’ spaces around the home…
If there are some resources that are shared such as a printer or scanner, and maybe filing, where will these be located?
Even if two people share an office space they will still have individual requirements to be met.
Maybe you have a practical job or hobby. Do you want to sew in your home office? Fold Origami? Compose music? Arrange flowers? We could be here all day. Do you want to accomplish any other household tasks in your home office? Wrapping gifts for example.
Will you need to have meetings in your home office? This will influence the layout, size and location. How much time do you expect to spend in your home office?
It’s basically a restaurant booth or kitchen nook with seating only on one side. One advantage of this space is that the door can be closed while someone works in the office. While it might seem a tiny space it can be great for focusing on getting your work done.
Using stand alone furniture has the opposite advantages and disadvantages. You can move around but you might not maximize your space.
With these bigger home office floor plans there’s the opportunity to try out diagonal office furniture arrangements. (Same desk dimensions as above)
Above is a 5 x 5ft (1.52 x 1.52m) small office cubby hole. It’s arranged with a 5ft x 2½ft (152 x 76cm) desk with set of drawers to the left.
For example, Mum might want a desk in the kitchen, the kids are going to have a play room with some study space (rather than have desks in their bedrooms) and Dad might only need a filing cabinet.
Check out the desk dimensions page to find out how much space you need for an office for 2. You can adapt the measurements if you plan to accommodate more people.
If you have any preferences for how any equipment is to be stored, make a note of it.
I took the smallest allowable room area of 70sqft and drew out a few home office floor plans. For smaller offices (nooks, under the stairs, cubbies) have a look at small home office design.
Filing system (filing drawers, pin boards, in tray), stationary and books for starters.
In this 7 x 10ft (2.13 x 3m) home office design each person has 5 x 1½ft (1.52 x 0.46m) of desk space with a deep side return. Strictly speaking 1½ft is not deep enough but since the space is shared there will be a bit of give and take with desk depth.
Be sure to check out the home office layout page for more discussion on office design.
You can use the home office layout page to figure out what you need in your home office and to think about the best place to use for your home office.
I haven’t put a windows in these designs, but a small window, with a thoughtful twist, would make your small home office space all the more pleasant to be in. By a ‘thoughtful twist’ I mean a round or arched window, or with a design etched in the glass, complimenting the style of your home.
Just something a bit unusual that expresses the style of the home. Don’t forget that addition of doors (or curtain or a blind) means that it can be hidden from view. If you go for a small home office in a nook, make sure you have appropriate lighting and outlets specified in your home office floor plan.
If you’re getting your office built-in by a company or contractor, make sure you get a front elevation of your home office to show all the detail. Larger home offices
If your home office is a little larger there may be the option to locate the desk in the middle of the room. This releases more wall space for shelves. It’s an idea to have a desk with ample room to have a few papers or files and books within easy reach.
If there’s 2 or more of you in the home office you have the choice of home office floor plans sitting…
By a ‘communal office’ I just mean a homework room where the adults are welcome as well – one big office for the whole family.
If you want to house a computer with a big box, where is the big box going to go? How about your printer? Do you have a shredder? All this equipment needs to be stored, or sit on the floor, or a shelf or on the counter or desktop.
The next small home office design is an office booth. This arrangement is handy if the spare space you have is oriented with the thinner side accessible as the entry to the space.
Grab a piece of paper, go through this page and at the end of it you’ll have a list of requirements. Then you can have a look at the other home office pages.
I think it’s best when the window is on one of the walls perpendicular to the desk. That way it’s only a turn of the head to look out of the window to see what’s going on and give your eyes a rest but the window isn’t a constant distraction.
It can be lovely to look up from your work and look out of the window. The challenge is to control the glare (especially if you’re trying to work on a computer) and this often means covering up the view.
Here’s small office dimensions for an office in a closet or alcove. If you use a stool for seating it can be pushed under the desk so that the doors can be closed.
If you like to be able to leave your work spread out then it can be psychologically beneficial (not to mention more aesthetically pleasing) to be able to ‘close the door’ on your office space. If you’re considering an office nook where a standard swinging door may not be suitable, a bi-fold door or pocket door, or maybe even a curtain might meet this purpose.
The first thing to decide is who needs a home office. The requirements of the whole household need to be taken into account.
This 10 x 10ft (3 x 3m) home office floor plan houses a 5 x 3½ft (1.52 x 1.01m) desk with a side return against the wall for a bit of extra desk space. There’s shelving along one wall and a reading chair. Don’t forget to include an outlet in a good location for a reading lamp!
We’ll be using the House Plans Helper activity based design process which takes you through a series of questions to get the requirements for your home office.
Do you want the storage furniture (filing cabinets and drawers) to be built in or do you plan on having individual pieces of furniture? A built-in arrangement might means that you can maximize every inch of space you have in your home office layout because it’s custom built. The downside of using built-ins is that you can’t move things around if you want to try a different arrangement.
Here’s a communal office with the chairs around the outside. The desks here are 2½ft (0.76m) deep with 4ft (1.23m) of desk space per person and 5ft (1.52) between the desks There’s a wall of shelving under the windows.
If you’re on the look out for home office floor plans this page has office layouts of various sizes for you to take a look at.
Here’s a 10 x 12ft (3.05 x 3.66m) guest bedroom doubling up as a home office. The wardrobe wall is a perfect solution allowing for a wide 2ft deep desk which can be hidden behind the bi-fold doors and still leaves enough room for a guest wardrobe. Using a stool allows it to be pushed in under the desk.
Your home office layout may not be as obvious as you first thought.
It’s likely that you’ve already got these items. Write down the storage space you need for each one by measuring the place where they’re currently stored. Add on or take away a little bit of space if you’d like more or less storage space for each item.
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You already have a space (or spaces) for the office and you want to design it. You are designing completely from scratch and need to decide how much space to dedicate to office spaces in your home and where to locate them.
This 12 x 12ft (3.66 x 3.66m) home office floor plan has a 5 x 2½ft (1.52 x 0.76m) sitting more or less central in the room. There’s ample shelving and room for a guest / reading chair.
If you’ve finished answering all the questions above look back over your answers and think about what you need to store in your home office. How about….