Opt for a space outfitted with functional furnishings. Regardless of the tools you’ll need to work, a large dining table or a desk that’s not already occupied by a housemate make ideal surfaces for spreading out and getting down to business.
Choose a chair that’s comfortable for extended time periods, but make sure it’s not so cozy as to make you feel sleepy or sluggish advises designer Marie Flanigan, based in Houston. “I also like to incorporate both a bookcase and a credenza in an office if the space allows,” says Emily. “The credenza cabinet is great for hiding things you don’t want to look at like printers and files.”