Home office design guidelines
Here are a few tips on how to make personal workspace beautiful as well as
Here are few design tips for a
home office that will serve as a His
and Her multifunctional space. These
guidelines are for you, the designer. I’d
ask different questions of the client and
not expect them to have an awareness
of all the construction/installation issues
involved in creating a custom work area.
Average depth on a desktop is 24
inches. Thirty inches feels better to me
if you like to spread out files and work
on things, so I often have the desktop
extend over the cabinets. On the other
hand, in a tight space you can get away
with 18 inches in depth.
I like a back credenza for more work
surface and I design it so it’s not as
deep as the desktop, often 16 inches or
18 inches deep. I typically leave about
18 inches – sometimes 16 inches – between the upper and lower cabinets.
I like the configuration of a file drawer on the bottom and two more shallow
drawers above – for paper, pencils and
Access to electricity is important and
should always be a part of the discussion although wireless connections can
remove that issue. Still, power is the
name of the game these days. People are
plugging in phones, tablets and laptops,
so having access to power really is key.
Actual size of the equipment is of the
utmost importance. There is no such
thing as an average size printer – the
client must tell me the specifications of
any equipment that needs to be stored
before I do a design.
Allow for a couple of inches for the
actual “plug” – this is often about 2
inches – so when you’re calculating
depth make sure you add that into the
overall total or the doors might not
close when the equipment is plugged in.
Be cognizant of door swings so they
work with how the person is sitting in
Be aware of whether or not you are
going to see both sides of the desk –
front and back. If so, more finished
cabinetry is required.
I never build a desk in pieces (the
way we build most closet systems) –
only as boxes/cabinets. It would not
hurt to “shop” some wire management
options – Mockett has cool ones. I like
to include the hardware for hanging
files in the file drawers and prefer the
plastic strips that slide onto the left and
right side of the drawer box.
Handling the corners
I really dislike the idea of having someone face the corner and handling the
desk in the manner that most people
Designer Denise Butchko,
Butchko & Co., Chicago, Illinois.
do – with a traditional corner cabinet.
I know it’s been standard policy in the
kitchen and cabinet industries because
it works as a base solution with a Lazy
Susan, but we’re talking about home
Personal workspace is a quickly
evolving space in the home. We can now
do it from the comfort of our bed or do
it standing up at a desk that raises and
lowers based on our preferences (and