An industrial home office including a desk and bookcase with open shelves and filing cabinet, all in a room with a brick wall.

How to Set Up Your Home Office to be More Productive

Maybe you’re turning your spare bedroom into a functioning workspace, or maybe you’re transforming the corner of your living room into an area where you can get work done. Regardless of the size of your space, you need your home office to be arranged efficiently. A combination of the right pieces from Twin Star Home® and an ergonomic layout will help you stay productive day and night.

Choose the Desk for Your Home Office First

It’s similar to packing the car for family vacation – load the biggest and most important items first, then fill in the rest. By focusing on the larger items you need for your home office before anything else, you’ll know exactly how much room you left have to work with.

Every home office needs a desk or workspace, so make that your first priority.

A home office with a black, glass-top adjustable height desk in the standing position, with a bookcase on one side of it and a plant on the other.

A standing desk can be the centerpiece of your new, more efficient workspace.


Want a standing desk? No problem. We recommend a contemporary adjustable height desk like the one shown above in black, which offers an integrated charging station for keeping the batteries of your electronics at full power. The ergonomic glass top is dry-erase compatible, meaning you can keep track of your work tasks, make a list of errands and write down the groceries you need – right on its surface. It provides ample storage for supplies and other essentials in its large partitioned drawer, and it reaches a height of 47”, so plan your wall décor accordingly.

A view from above of a glass top standing desk with a list written on it and the height adjustment presets visible below.

Being able to write on and wipe off notes on the glass desktop of your standing desk helps you keep important reminders right in front of you.


Expand Your Workspace

After you pick out your desk, you may find that you’d like to add another surface area. If you’re considering adding a credenza, try a piece as multifunctional as a secretary desk with integrated charging. At first glance, it appears as a stylish sideboard or dresser with a flat surface ideal for displaying trinkets and photos. But when you flip over the top surface and pull down the faux top drawer, a large workspace with six letter slots is revealed. It also features an integrated charging station with two AC and two USB power ports, so wherever you set up your home office, you’ll also be able to keep your devices powered throughout the day.

A room that serves as a sitting room and home office with a wall mantel electric fireplace and an open secretary desk with a laptop sitting on it.

A secretary desk (shown back right) with integrated charging is a versatile piece that can offer an easily hidden workspace with ample storage in large lower drawers.


For a home office that blends into your master bedroom, living room or dining area, another optimal choice for a credenza is a Bluetooth-compatible TV stand from Twin Star Home®, like the Ellistone™ shown below. With dozens to choose from, you can listen to music, stream your favorite podcasts, and if you choose to bring a television into your office area, you can even watch shows while getting your work done. Plenty of options also feature an integrated electric fireplace, which enhances the room’s ambience and creates a supplemental zone heating strategy in your home office for an area up to 1,000 square feet. It offers plenty of storage for electronics and includes openings in the back of the stand to keep all cords tangle-free.

A room with a Bluetooth(R) compatible TV stand with electric fireplace and a desk with USB charging next to it.

A Bluetooth® compatible TV stand, like the Ellistone can offer music, podcasts, and other sound solutions for your home office space.


Accent Your Home Office with the Right Bookcase

No home office is complete without a trendy bookcase or bookshelf to store your books, display family photos or set up wireless speakers. Once you pick out your desk and credenza, you can turn your attention to bookcases that will make your space complete, like the Ashford™ Bookcase. The versatility of its removable vertical dividers wowed Shannon Ggem, principal of the Los Angeles-based Ggem Design Co., whose adaptive reuse work won the Custom Home Builder award.

“I was so excited to see a particular line called the Ashford where you can configure the shelves in the way that you want. So, you can take out a shelf. . . and you can make any kind of space out of that,” Ggem said.

The white and gray Ashford bookcase styled like a dressing room with jewelry , knick knacks, and shoes, and surrounded by art, all in blue, purple, and gold tones.

The Ashford Bookcase offers unparalleled versatility with removable vertical dividers. Styled by Shannon Ggem.


Select the Ideal Storage Solutions for Your Home Office

Before you put the finishing décor touches on your home office, ensure you have enough storage by rounding out your layout with the Genevieve Rolling Filing Cabinet. Conveniently on wheels, you can pull it nearby when you need to access an important document. And then you can stow it away under your desk or in a closet when not in use. Of course, it’s stylish enough to leave out in plain view and feature as a nightstand or accent table in other rooms, as well.

Inspiring Décor with Endless Possibilities

Whether you’re setting up your first home office or rearranging your current one, these design tips will help you create the ideal layout for you. If what you’ve seen here isn’t quite your style, we offer a complete line of accent furniture in a range of collections so you can customize your home office however you’d like. Or if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest styling tips and tricks, you can subscribe to the Twin Star Home email newsletter!