Home Offices: Fancy or Plain, We Want Them


As more people work out of their home part- or full-time, they’re looking for offices or dedicated workspaces in their houses, according to The New York Times:

But by 2006, according to data collected by the Dieringer Research Group, a marketing research company in Brookfield, Wis., more than 28 million Americans were working from home at least part time — an increase of 10 percent from just the year before, and 40 percent from 2002. The American Home Furnishings Alliance reports that 7 in 10 Americans now have offices or designated workstations in their homes, a 112 percent increase since 2000. And a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that home offices ranked as the fourth most important feature in a new upscale home, just ahead of security.

Some of those home offices are pretty fancy:

The office, which Mr. Cappello said cost $300,000 to $350,000, holds three dozen antique chess sets, several hundred globes, 1,800 handmade canes from around the world and thousands of antique books. The paneling came from a castle in the south of France, and the Empire-period fireplace, he said, was built for one of Napoleon’s residences. A billiard table from 1849 and a large partners’ desk anchor opposite ends of the room, and 19th-century military and animal paintings adorn the walls, along with two big plasma screens, “for watching football games with my buddies,” he said.

Most would content themselves with far less luxury than that, but having a well-appointed, well-organized home office sure makes working at home easier and more pleasant.

What if you don’t have a dedicated workspace at home? You can make do.



Mark Buzinkay

I work at home for almost two years now. One of the challenges for me is not distraction, but ‘sharing’ my office status with my family. My latest try to tell everybody at home: I put postcards on my office door with messages like “I have to earn money”, “I’m in a conference”, “I have free time”, “I’m away” …
Here’s a picture of one of them (the text is in german, means “I have time for anything”.
Mark from Austria


I tried working at home, but I’m better off working away from home. I like the library a lot, as it is quiet and there aren’t a lot of distractions — and it’s free!

Anne Zelenka

Matthew: I have heard from quite a few people who had a similar experience. Working out of the house definitely doesn’t work for everyone.

Matthew Griffin

I know the home office is the thing now but when I tried to do all my work at home I found that I was distracted and tended to be less productive. I ended up renting a little one-room office a few miles from my house and I been here for about three years now. I can still do work from home when I need to but I like to get out and “go to work”.

Jason Unger

Isn’t the point of a home office to work?

I’ve made my office as minimalist as possible … desk, computer, chair, file cabinet, etc.

The tchotchkes are in the other room.

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