Discover how to create dual workspaces in your home office! These design solutions will inspire you to stay productive in your shared home office. Explore these efficient layouts, storage hacks, DIY desks, and decor tips to create a functional and stylish home office for two.
As you move through different seasons in your life, the space designated for working will likely change many times. Chances are that you’ll need your workspace to accommodate more than one person during at least one of those seasons.
Whether you’re setting up shop in the spare room to work from home for you and your spouse or trying to find the best option to create a homework area for multiple kids, there are so many different solutions for shared office spaces!
22+ Stunning Ideas of a Home Office For Two
If you find yourself in this season of life where you need to have a home office for two (or more), you’re going to love today’s article. I’ve rounded up my favorite shared home office ideas to inspire you to get creative with the space you have!
In our modern boho office, we needed to create separate work areas for both my husband and me to work from home. During this season of our life, we were both working from home on computers full time.
We discussed several different ways to set up our desks, but one thing that we felt we needed to have was a sense of separation to focus. We arranged two matching desks along one wall with a few feet between them and a shelving unit. This gave us each our own space and ended up working out perfectly for our two-person home office.
Chris and Julia purchased this house that had a dedicated home office with a large built-in desk and shelving and storage cabinet. They decided to turn it into a kid's office area so they have dedicated space to work on their homework and be creative with art. They transformed the large desk into a work surface with plenty of space for more than one person to sit.
They kept a lot of existing storage and stocked it with art supplies, paper, and crafty things. The whimsical wallpaper and painted cabinetry really brightened up the room. With some unused wall space, they added bulletin boards so the kids have a place to hang their own art.
Chris and Julia had originally built a standing desk for their shared office but didn't like having to stand all day long. So they decided to cut it shorter so that they can sit instead.
They built the desk work surface themselves using a marble laminate desktop and put it on top of IKEA kitchen cabinets, which is a genius idea. The desk space is wide enough so they can both work comfortably on each side facing each other.
What used to be a traditional formal dining room, turned into this beautiful home office for two. They added a large work table in the middle of the room as a focal point. Because the table is plenty big, they used it as a joint desk with one person on each side.
They also have the option to clear away their laptops to use the table for projects when they need. Instead of using traditional office chairs, they decided to go with dining armchairs instead, which is a good idea! In each corner on either side of the window, they added IKEA cabinets with doors for storage space.
Here's another formal dining room turned two-person home office! The issue with using a dining room as your home office setup is that it is usually very open to guests and visitors. In the case of Morgan and Sean, this was the first thing that you see when you walk into the door of their home. They created a statement with the work area complete with a built-in unit with tons of closed cabinet storage.
For the cabinets, they used unfinished cabinets from Home Depot to create a configuration that would work best for their needs. With some paint and pretty hardware, the built-ins look perfect! On the top, they added butcher block counters and added a portion that extended out to make the shared desk.
Colleen managed to create a bright and beautiful office space in her basement full of bright white walls, warm wood elements, and Scandinavian style. The long desk has a live edge that is totally gorgeous and has so much room to spread out.
Even though she's the only one using the office space, she does a lot of computer work and painting so it is nice that she has two different spaces to sit for each of the tasks.
Here's another basement office space that turned out gorgeous. When basements are left to their own, they usually end up as a dumping ground for all the extra stuff in your home. The good news is that with a little decluttering, planning, and love you can turn your basement into a pretty home office space!
Laura used IKEA finds to create a large desk with ample space for three people to work. A large oak tabletop sits on top of the drawer units, which house desktop computers so they are totally hidden. There's even room for armchairs and a coffee table as well.
Melissa created a pretty modern home office with two desks on different walls so she and her husband can both work comfortably in the office. When she was designing the space, an important consideration for the space was to not make it too girly because she was sharing it with her husband.
They created a gallery wall of concert posters, a corner chair, and a large bookshelf with black and white fabric on the back to spruce it up a bit.
We've seen several examples of how to use IKEA products to create a large desk for two or more people, but this is the first that uses a piece of plywood for the desktop. I also love the home office accent wall that she added, complete with the pegboard wall and floating storage shelves.
When a home office serves as a workspace for two people, you'd call it doing double duty. But this room also functions as a guest bedroom as well as a workspace for two....it is really doing triple duty! This room is really the perfect setup for two workspaces as well as a sofa bed for guests.
The large corner desk for two is the best place for two people to work, while still leaving enough room in the room for other types of furniture (like the sofa bed). They couldn't quite first a full bedroom set and a desk, but they did have enough room for the sofa bed.
This is the perfect solution if you only host guests every once in a while. They are also able to use the sofa for lounging and relaxing in the middle of their workday.
How gorgeous is this pretty built-in DIY desk with plenty of room for two people to use? They had this unused space in their dining room and the best solution was to turn it into a desk.
After putting up vertical paneling and painting, they added two IKEA Billy bookcases to each corner and created a desk with a drawer unit and a faux marble countertop. I love the extra touch that the wall sconces add to the space. Beautiful!
When Liz's husband started working from home too, they needed to adjust their home office to create separate workspaces for both of them. They tried a few different setups before deciding on the best layout for their space.
They also added a cabinet to the opposite wall because Liz needed some creative storage solutions. They found by having both of the desks on the same wall, one person didn't have two leave the room when the other was on a Zoom call, which is so smart!
One side of this room is used for a two-person desk made with IKEA products (tabletops, white trestles, and a small drawer unit) and the other side of the room features a pretty bed in the corner.
But it is actually two beds in one because it is a stackable bed that can be unstacked to make two twin beds that will fit more than one guest. This is such a gorgeous space that really feels calm and cozy.
Lindi and Russ had an unused wall in their living room and they transformed it into this gorgeous office space with a desk for two. It is such a functional and gorgeous space now. The vertical shiplap painted dark and floating shelves are the perfect backdrop to this desk area.
This mama needed a dedicated space in her home to work on her business away from her 1-year-old and nanny in the living room. A proper office space with a door is necessary if you work from home with little kids around.
Since her husband works from home occasionally, it made sense to set up a dual workspace. A double desk ended up working perfectly for them using IKEA products.
Sheila knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous French-inspired home office for her and her husband to use as they work from home. She pushed together two large Pottery Barn desks to create a huge space for two people to work facing each other.
I love that the desks are pushed against the window so they can get tons of natural light.
Laura turned this outdated, lime green space into a pretty office space with blush and brass accents. She placed her large desk in the middle of the room. Then she added a small desk in the corner of the room for her daughter to use for homework and virtual school.
Since the built-ins that were already in the room had a desk space, she left that and kept a desk there, which creates a third place to work in this office home. This is a great solution if you have multiple kids at home that needs a place to work alongside you.
There are so many different ways to work comfortably with two or more people in one home office. Whether you’re sharing with home office with your kids or spouse, I hope you found these ideas inspirational!
Which of these ideas for a home office for two was your favorite?