Creating an office for yourself is pretty straightforward. Put in a desk
and an office chair, a place to store your files and you’re done. But what
about when you and your spouse work from home? Here are some great tips to help
you create a beautiful home office for the both of you that will keep you out
of each other’s way, but working well together.
Position Is Key
How you position the furniture in an office for two is essential to making
the space work well for both of you. If you are doing the same type of work
within the space, it will be easy to share furniture and supplies. However, if
you have different jobs, you will each need a separate filing system, bookshelf
and supplies. You will also need your space separate from each other.
Start with positioning each desk facing each other in the center of the
room. This allows you to work together while remaining separate. If this is too
close or doesn't allow enough space, you can opt to have the desks sitting side
by side. Don't position additional furniture too close to the desks. You don't
want the space to feel cramped or cluttered, instead you want to feel like you
can both fit within the space comfortably.
The style of furniture you use will help make the idea of having an
office for two work. Choose a style of desk that allows for enough space for
each of you to work efficiently without overcrowding the room or taking over
the space. Corner desks are wonderful if you want to remain separate while
still sharing the same space. Placing each of you in separate corners allows
you to work independently while still being able to communicate with each other
easily. Wooden desks are strong and beautiful, but can be big and bulky where
metal desks have a more modern appeal and a slimmer shape, making them easier
to move around the room. A desk with a glass top looks good with any style of
furniture and can make the room feel larger.
Having furniture pieces that allow you to remain organized is essential
in making a shared office space work. You will each need your own filing system
to avoid getting paperwork mixed up. Crates, filing cabinets, filing totes,
accordion folders, etc., are all ways you can store and organize files.
Bookcases should also be separate if the space allows. Keeping the room
organized will help make the space look beautiful and function well for the two of you.
It’s nice when you find ways to spend extra time together, especially
when you both lead busy work lives. Creating an office space for two is a great
way to spend time together without sacrificing your work. Just remember to have
some fun time at the end of the day.