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Home offices for two – design tips for double-duty working

Working from home is more popular than ever. Whether you’re running a family business, or you and your partner both work from home, having the right home office design will do wonders for your productivity and wellbeing.

 Having two people working in the same space throws up its own unique challenges - make sure you create a functional, practical space that works for both of you with help from the layout ideas in this handy guide.

 Shared Home Office Layouts

When it comes to setting the layout of your office, you’ve got a few options. The layout that’s right for you and your partner will depend on the size and shape of your room, and the way you like to work.

The single table/desk

Working at either side of a single table or large desk is the simplest option – and can be a space-efficient option for couples who need to collaborate on projects together.

 The downside of a single table is a lack of personal space and storage – which means this option is only really suitable for mobile professionals, and those who don’t need a lot of equipment to complete their jobs.

 Back to back

 If you like the idea of sitting face to face, but need your own dedicated desk, then a Twin Desk, like this Back2Back Twin Desk + Screen provides the best of both worlds.


 If you and your partner need your own space, then sitting back to back, with separate desks on opposite walls of the room can provide a good degree of separation and the space needed to spread out.

 This layout is ideal if you are doing a different type of work or separate job from your partner. One of the potential downsides of this layout is that it takes up a lot of space, so you’ll need a decent size room.

Side by side

Using UCLIC desks with built in storage can help you to make better use of every inch of space.

If you’re short on space, then this is the perfect layout. Placing slimline bench desks side-to-side means you can turn a single wall in your home into a comfortable workspace for two. With careful planning, you may even be able to transform wasted space in hallways or entranceways into a dedicated office area.

 The drawback with working side by side is that you may feel a bit cramped. This layout tends to work best for people who work part time, or spend a fair amount of their working life outside of the office.

Corner to corner

Working on a desk around the corner from your partner can provide a great balance between space-efficiency, separation and practicality. You’ll get a better sense of personal space than in a side-by-side configuration, but it doesn’t require as large a room as back-to-back working.

 To create a good corner layout, you’ll want to use some corner desks combined with some bench desks and under-desk storage pedestals. 

The right furniture from Kit Out My Office

Of course, having the right desks, chairs and storage solutions is really important, and will help to ensure you get the most out of your chosen layout.

 With hundreds of different desks, chairs and office storage solutions in an unrivalled range of sizes, styles and colours, you’re sure to find something that suits your home office layout at

 Come to us, and you’ll benefit from top quality furniture that’s built to last in the UK, fast and free next day delivery and ultra-competitive prices, backed up by a 10-year guarantee.

 For further information on any of our products or services, call a friendly member of our experienced sales team on 0800 8044 760, or email today.

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