Designing a Home Office


Although the nature of my profession has always allowed for remote work, I’ve never put the effort into a dedicated home workspace. In the past, whenever I’ve worked from home, I’ve just set up in the dining room – big table, natural light, why not?

Now that I’m working on unpacking and getting set up in our Baltimore row house, I’m going to make the second bedroom an official home office (except I’m going to call it “the library” because I’m a dork). I need it to be conducive to full-time working from home but also still have the capacity for hosting our overnight visitors.

The other challenge is that this home is a rental so I’m not going to be making any long-term investments or permanent changes. Though I wish I could change the wall colour (it’s a hideous pinky beige), the room is otherwise a blank slate.

First and foremost, I need a desk. I’m a fan of rustic, vintage or used when possible, and I try to avoid MDF, veneer, and particle board whenever possible. The real trick is balancing budget with longevity. I think it’s important to be mindful of environmental impact by buying second hand, sustainable, or pieces that won’t need replacing after a short time.

These are a few of the styles that I’m drawn to. (These are NOT affiliate links, just some inspiration that I like.)


So, I’m on the hunt! Which of these get your vote?

Do you have any suggestions as to how I should go about choosing?

Leave a link to your favourite recommended desk in the comments below.


8 thoughts on “Designing a Home Office

  1. My first choice is the one shown against the brick wall and my second pick is the black one. The black one is mor practical and could be used in other rooms if you ever switched etc and could be decorated around almost any style if you decided to redecorate in a few years.

  2. I’ve been hunting for a new-to-me desk for two months, so I hope your search goes better!

    My vote is for the black one (storage) and the bottom one.

    As for suggestions to help in your choosing, think about how you like to work (e.g. move your chair around, multiple monitors, room for notebook in front of screen, lots of supplies or books nearby) and the maximum measurements for a desk.

    • We both need the Force to find the right desk, it seems! That’s a good way to think about it too. I think my priority needs to be plenty of space for notes and papers. I’ll have to keep that in mind. Thanks Heather!

    • Oh totally! I checked out Value Village and Savers yesterday. I love being able to get something pre-loved (vintage, if possible!) if it’s in the cards. πŸ™‚

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