How To Set Up Your Home Office Desk

Now that more of us than ever are working from home, or home-schooling, or just generally getting things done while sheltering in place, we are probably spending more time in our home offices or home office areas than usual. We all might be tired of our work spaces and we could use an update anyways, so now in the whatever-something week of quarantine could be a good time to change things up. Consider a new hone office desk setup as your version of spring rejuvenation!

So how should you set up your desk when you are working at home?

Your Home Office Desk Setup

Besides the obvious room for your computer and papers and other typical needs, there are some ways you can optimize your home office to be both efficient and beautiful.


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Beardmore 4 Panel Room Divider, $245.99

Screen It Out

Having some kind of divider between your office space and the rest of your living space could be key. We love these types of carved wood dividers like this one from Wayfair. The openings keep you from feeling closed-in and let you keep an eye on the kids or pets while you’re at your desk.

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Mayfair Canyon Vista 15.75″ Lounge Chair and Ottoman, $329.99

Get A Footstool

Seriously, being able to put your feet up while working (or just reading blogs, playing video games, browsing the web, etc.) makes everything better. We also don’t think that your office chair has to be the standard black version that you see in most offices – you can get more creative with it – for instance, this chair from Wayfair has a lot more style and is also more comfortable.

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Hendson Wall Calendar 2020-2021 – 11″ x 15″ Colorful Watercolor Floral Theme, $8.99

Get Your Home Office Desk Organized

Whether you just want to know what day it is or you are using it to track your scheduling, we’re still fans of old school paper calendars. From amusing page of the day ones like these elegant floral wall calendars that let you see your schedule at a glance, we think there’s something to be said for the usefulness of an actual physical calendar or planner.

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JAlexander Ribbed Glass 3-Head Floor Lamp, $169.99

Get Your Lighting Right

Even if you are fine with the light source from your computer, that’s not always the best or most relaxing source. Sometimes, a floor lamp behind the desk or in a nearby corner is better. This JAlexander floor lamp from Nordstom looks just about ideal since it’s adjustable and could easily be tucked behind the chair.

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Pom Pom at Home Monte Hand Woven Rug, $57

And Your Flooring

A new rug or floor covering under your desk is also a way to update your space and make it feel more refreshed – plus it’s cozy! We like this hand-woven rug from Pom Pom at Home – the black and white would go with lots of different decor styles.

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Duovlo Fake Flowers Vintage Artificial Peony Silk Flowers, $10.99

Add Some Greenery

They don’t have to be real ones – there are some great artificial plants and flowers out there (and really, the fake ones tend to be easier – just dust them off once in a while, so if you have a black thumb you’re good). These faux peonies from Amazon are cheap and cheerful for spring! They come in a variety of colors, too.

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Deco 79 Traditional Wood, Metal, and Plastic Decorative Globe, 14”H,9”W, $43.83
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Cost Plus World Market Gold 4 Cup Kiara Desk Organizer with Tray, $29.99

Or Other Interesting Home Office Desk Accessories

This writer is a fan of having a globe like this one available from Amazon in or around the workspace just because it feels inspiring, but any fun or meaningful objects – a stack of your favorite books, fun or inspiring knickknacks, or a beautiful desktop organizer like this gold one by World Market – can all make your home office space feel more “official” and personalized.


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iBayam Colored Fineliner Pens, 18 Colors, $9.99

Make Writing Fun

Beautiful pens, pencils, highlighters, and markers can make working and homeschooling from your home office a little bit better. Even if you don’t have a bullet journal, pen sets meant for bullet journaling like these Fineliner Journaling Calendar pens (available via Amazon) are great and fun for adult coloring books and such too.

How are you making your home office space beautiful? Or have you just said screw it and are just trying to keep it together right now, because that’s totally valid too. Let us know in our Facebook Group or in the comments!

–Jacqueline Zenn

You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s Shelter In Place posts like How To Handle Self Care Beauty While Sheltering In Place and The Best At-Home Beauty Advice For Sheltering In Place.

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