Apartment Living Tips: How to Create the Ideal Home Office

home office desk set up

For many Americans, the traditional 9-to-5 grind is becoming a thing of the past. In fact, The New York Times reported in 2014 that between 2005 and 2012, the number of Americans working remotely increased by an astonishing 79 percent! What’s more, some experts claim that employees who work from home are more productive and satisfied than their office-bound counterparts.

However, staying on task can feel difficult when you’re working at the kitchen table (or, let’s be honest, the living room couch). If you plan on working from your apartment more than a couple of hours a week, we recommend putting together a home office. You can easily set up shop in an empty corner of your bedroom or living room.

Here are some inspiring home office design ideas that will make your space feel worthy of a Fortune 500 ranking.

1. Add pops of color.

colorful chairs for home office

In general, the walls in all Greystar apartments are painted neutral colors. This is perfect for a home office since it fosters an environment of calmness and clarity. That being said, bright colors are perfectly fine as accents, so feel free to let your personality shine through in details such as furniture color, wall art and rugs!

 2. Pick out a spacious work surface.

spacious work surface and home desk

When working on a big project, the last thing you want to feel is cramped or confined. If you’re on a tight budget, IKEA has the perfect answer – a variety of mix-and-match tabletops and legs that come in several styles and can be put together in a flash. If you’d like to invest in furniture that’s more solid or stately, local furniture stores might be the place to start. Just remember to measure the room before going shopping so the desk you buy doesn’t end up consuming the space or blocking the window and/or door. Also keep in mind whether you will be using multiple monitors, docking stations or printers that will take up space when deciding on whether to invest home office furniture.

 3. De-clutter with simple shelving.

simple shelving for home office

Install some floating shelves for a solution that’s simultaneously sophisticated and functional. For an especially cohesive look, make sure that your shelves match the desk or tabletop you’ve picked out. Be sure to check with your community manager regarding safe installation of shelves.

 4. Keep papers under control with hanging clipboards.

hanging clipboards

If you’re into unconventional wall decor, this quirky idea is a must. Use clipboards to corral important documents or display photos, art or your favorite inspirational quotes.

 5. Write reminders on a chalkboard tile.

chalkboard tile

Add some charm to your home office when you opt for a hanging chalkboard instead of a boring old whiteboard. Pottery Barn sells chalkboard tiles individually and in sets of four (in case you want to add a few to your kitchen or entryway!).

 6. Organize cords with household items.

cable cord organizer

Keeping chargers, Ethernet cables and headphones where they belong is easier than ever with the help of a few handy binder clips! If you’d like something a little more colorful, order a pack of Bluelounge’s CableDrop organizers.

 7. Enhance the scenery with some pint-sized greenery.

pot sized greenery for desk

Add some cheer to your office with a tiny desk plant! We recommend cacti and succulents since they require minimal watering and maintenance. But, the occasional bouquet of flowers is always a nice treat.

All done! Now there’s nothing stopping you from taking care of business (except perhaps deciding between business casual or pajamas).