Tips for Creating a Shared Home Office Space

Beth Rice 18/10/2017

With 30 million Americans currently working from home at least once a week, shared home offices are becoming popular. Whether you’re on the job or managing your household schedule and finances, a comfortable and efficient space is the key to maximum productivity. Here are some tips for creating a shared home office space.

These four options allow each person to have their own desk top and the ability to personalize their space with décor, as well as individual and shared storage.

For Working Independently with Similar Tastes

If you have different jobs, or one person works from home while the other needs a space to schedule daily activities and pay bills, a set up like the one shown below featuring some pieces from our Omni Collection works well.

Omni Office SetThe Set-Up:

  • Desks face away from each other.
  • Storage to the side for easy access without disturbing each other.
  • Chairs that swivel and roll make it easy to interact when necessary.

Amish Omni Desk Bookshelf, Chair, and Rolling File Cabinet

Shop the Set:
 Omni Desk | Omni 72″ Bookcase | Omni Office Chair | Omni Rolling File Cabinet

For Working Independently with Different Tastes

What if you work independently and don’t have the same style? It’s perfectly fine to have two different desks and desk chairs. Try to keep the room cohesive by having furniture in the same wood type, color, or style.

Office Set with Carson Plank Top Pedestal Table

The Set-Up:

  • Desks don’t have to be identical.
  • Include desks and comfortable chairs for different work styles or tastes.
  • Shared storage is easily accessible in a place where you won’t disturb each other.

Set for Independent workers with different tastes

Shop the Set:
Contemporary Writing Desk | Mynda Upholstered Desk Chair | Carson Plank Top Pedestal Table | Mika Chair  |  Dexter Bookcase | Dexter File Cabinet

For Working Independently Sometimes

If most of your time is spent working independently, but you need some time each day or during the week to confer, a layout like this one with our Harvest Conference Table at the center is ideal.

Shared Office Space with Harvest Conference Table at Center

The Set-Up:

  • Individual desk space.
  • Conference or shared table for collaborating.
  • Rolling desk chairs for easy movement between desks and table.
  • Easy access to shared storage without disturbing each other.

Harvest Conference Table Shared Office

Shop the Set:
Home Office Harvest Conference Table | Toronto Desk Chair with Gas Lift | Home Office Harvest Laptop Desk | Bellamy Lateral File

For Routine Collaborations

If you are constantly collaborating, the layout below with the Bridgeport Partner Desk as the main attraction makes it easy to work together or separately when you need to.

Shared office space with Bridgeport Partner Desk

The Set-Up:

  • Space to face each other and room for laptops or paperwork while interacting.
  • Individual storage.
  • Easy access to shared storage.

Shared Office with Berkshire Partner Desk

Shop the Set:
Berkshire Amish Desk Chair | Amish Bridgeport Partner Desk | Bridgeport File Cabinet

The Business and Finance Team at DutchCrafters works well together in their shared office space, which includes three Woodbury L-Shaped Desks to create a cohesive look with enough space between desks to concentrate on individual work.

Gwen and Maribel at their shared office space at DutchCrafters headquarters in Sarasota

Create your most productive home office space with Amish furniture that’s customized with the options that serve you best.

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Beth Riceby Beth Rice (110 Posts)

Beth Rice started a dream job when she began as a content writer for DutchCrafters in 2015. She has an A.A. Degree from Manatee Community College, and studied Journalism at the University of South Florida for one year. Her published work includes a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition and one children's book, "I"m Adopted, I'm Special." Conveying the qualities, functions and benefits of DutchCrafters furniture keeps her creative as she contributes to content throughout the website. An avid reader and devoted runner, Beth hopes to publish a novel in the future. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.


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