Whether you and your partner both work from home or you’re constantly battling for space in one home office, creating a workspace that works for two can be a challenge. It isn’t all pretty coffee mugs and matching Macs — you both need a functional, comfy and inspiring space to get your work done. With a little planning and a bit of compromise, you can achieve just that. Check out these 22 tips to pulling off an enviable home office for two with style and grace.
1. Brighten Up: If you’re struggling to find a space to put those lamps, try hanging pendant lights above each work station instead. A little patterned wallpaper behind the desk doesn’t hurt the vibe either. (via Home Designing)
6. Opposite Sides: Chances are, if you’re both behind computer screens, it’s pretty easy to forget there’s another person working right across from you. Don’t worry, you can still play footsie under the table. (via Apartment Therapy)
7. One Desk: If you get to work from home with your partner on a daily basis, try to create a space — no matter how small — that is dedicated solely to work stuff. That way, it’s easier to call it quits at the end of the day and still have a life together. (via The Everygirl)
10. Elevated Desk: This husband-and-wife team chose to raise the desk. Having a higher work space encourages them to move around and chat instead of just slouching over their work all day. (via Country Living)
12. Space to Communicate: Working with an open floor plan, this couple created two separate work spaces with a tall bookshelf that gives a sense of privacy, but also allows them to communicate when needed. (via Design*Sponge)
13. Sleek and Modern: When you’re short on space, go vertical. Despite the small desk, each person has plenty of room to keep work stuff organized in the cabinets and shelves overhead. (via Home Designing)
16. Corner Office: Nobody puts Baby in the corner… well, in this case, it’s more than okay. Create two workspaces in one by simply putting a large corner desk in an open area of your home. (via Design*Sponge)
17. Casual and Cozy: This freelancing couple didn’t have much room in their apartment for a home office, but they managed to create one desk that works for both of their creative jobs. (via Eva Black Design)
18. All White: Space definitely isn’t an issue in this luxurious home office. With bookshelves and drawers under the table, there is no excuse for not keeping that work area neat and tidy. (via Daily Dream Decor)
20. Size Matters: Before you choose a desk for your home office, make a list of all the things you need it to hold. Include everything from important files and folders to your monitor, keyboard and mouse, and don’t forget your coffee cup. (via Apartment Therapy)
Do you share a home office? How do you make room for his-and-her workspaces? Share your tips in the comments below!