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Top 5 Creative Solutions for the Ideal 2-Person Shared Home Office Space

How to Create a Shared Home Office Space for Two

Sharing a home office with your spouse?

Home working looks set to become much more common in the future.

There are many rewards. Sure it's great for the environmnent - less people on the roads. Savings on travel costs - no daily commute. However, you may find yourself sharing a home office space with the other half! Sharing a workspace every day together may not be quite the blissful union you anticipated when you first moved in together! Never fear, here at Saxen, we have some great solutions to help you create two separate working areas to suit your space!

How to Create a Shared Home Office Space for Two...

The following solutions include a range of ideas and solutions to cover a variety of different home office set ups. 

1. Stricto

Stricto Shared Desks are the perfect solution for a couple sharing a dedicated room as a home office. Each will have their own desk space and can choose storage to suit their individual working requirements. 

Stricto are stylish French manufactured shared desks designed to be positioned back-to-back. There are four desk widths to choose from: 1200, 1400, 1600 or 1800 mm and four colour finishes (image above with black desktops). 

In addition to the four different desk sizes, these desks offer an optional extension return to create a larger L-shaped desk for one or both of the desks, if required. This shared desk format has a groove at the back of each desk to feed cables to sockets. If you really want to separate your worktops you can also add a screen between the two! 

Need some storage? Consider adding two Comfort under desk mobile pedestals to coordinate perfectly with your desktops. As these fit comfortably under the desk you won't require any additional precious floor space. 

This option can work out cheaper than purchasing two individual home office desks. Plus, if working within a budget, you have the option to add the extras at a later date.

2. Apollo

If the depth of shared Stricto desks is just a little too large for your space consider the Apollo desks. Although these desks don't offer the double set you can opt to purchase two desks and position them back-to-back, or side-by-side.

Whereas the Stricto only offered a depth of 800mm the Apollo rectangular desk offers a narrower 600mm depth with an 800mm width desk. However, the 800mm desk must be stablised with a desk high pedestal creating a longer 1200 width overall. But, there is also a shorter width 1000mm desk at the 800mm depth.

The Apollo desks are UK manufactured and are available in nine finishes, eight of these available to purchase online. Apollo includes coordinating desk pedestals and the Signature storage collection also complements the range.

3. Grange

This collection is manufactured in the UK and designed, particularly with the home office user in mind. The Grange collection offers a wide array of different desks and storage options. It is one of our home office customer favourites with many glowing reviews.

Select two different desks, or two the same, and add storage to suit each individual user. These desks offer over-shelf units too maximising floor space. Available in a variety of finishes. Let your creativity flow.

If you require any help in choosing any pieces from the above or in designing your home office layout, please do not hesitate to give us a call. The team will be happy to help you find the best solution for you and your space.

4. Cohesion

Next up are the fabulously stylish and practical, Cohesion meeting tables. There are two heights to choose from - standard or high.

Yes, okay they are meeting tables and not actual desks but... they are really snazzy. And they can easily seat two, or more people to work. In fact, the smallest boasts to seat 6 but that would be pretty cramped if everyone had laptops and paperwork. A couple working from home could comfortably work off this tabletop.

There are three depths to choose from and four widths. The Cohesion is available in four finishes and a choice of leg frame finish too. 

The practicality of the Cohesion tables is they are available with or without a built-in electrical socket strip in the centre. This includes 3 power outlets and 2 USB charging sockets. Plently space for you both to charge mobile phones and laptops. Why would you not choose the built-in socket strip!

We particularly love the High Cohesion (see image).

5. Hampstead Park

The Hampstead Park collection may be the better option if you are utilising living space. This range offers a choice of five, very different, desk options. There are three "regular" type desks:

  • a compact single pedestal,
  • a double pedestal and,
  • a larger l-shaped desk.

The other two "desks" will blend seamlessly into any living space, without looking like a desk on a weekend! The smallest is a cleverly designed wall mounted unit with a flip-down desktop. Ideal for laptop use or occasional use.

The fifth option is a smartly designed coffee table which converts to a laptop desk (see image to right). This includes hidden storage under the lift-up tabletop. A nice alternative to having a desk in the middle of your living room!

The unique variety of desk styles in the Hampstead range provide the option to choose two different desks for two different people for a range of situations. Perfect! 

The Hampstead Park includes four storage units including filing units and bookcases to blend seamlessly into your living space, should you require a little more storage.

6. ... and finally...

If you like the coffee table idea from the Hampstead you may prefer the Market range or the Dover range which both include a coffee table-laptop desk and a larger l-shaped desk option. The Market range has a modern industrial look and the Dover is a lighter oak effect finish with slate effect tabletops. The Dover collection benefits from additional coordinating storage units.

An alternative to the space saving wall mounted unit is in the Avon range (see image to right). The Avon has a light oak effect finish with white accents. Coordinate with the Avon double pedestal desk.

Finally, if space is premium folding tables can be stored away on the weekend to leave space for the family to enjoy.

The above are a few solutions to help you create your ideal two-person shared home office space.

Home Office Desks including Pedestals with integrated Filing Cabinet Drawer

Home Office Desks with Filing Drawers

Home Office Desks with Filing DrawersNeed a new home office desk with inbuilt file drawer?

 

For those working from home a file drawer is a necessity to keep your documents organised. It is certainly handy to have a file drawer no more than an arm’s length away. Business is much tidier with workspace, storage and files bundled nicely into one single unit!

At Saxen we have a great selection covering a variety of budgets.

First of all, let us explain three different styles to help you narrow down your search.

 

Single pedestal with filing

Single pedestal desks have any storage, inbuilt at one side only – one, single pedestal.

These tend, although not always, to be the smaller options. So are ideal where space is premium. As they are usually a little more compact, these desks can be the more economical choice. Again, this is not always the case.

Potential Disadvantages: Generally smaller desktop, so less workspace. Least storage space of the three styles.

 

Cabrini Home Office Desk with File DrawerSingle Pedestal Example:

The Cabrini White Home Office Single Pedestal Desk is the most economical on our list today. The pedestal can be situated on either the right or left. There is a stationery drawer and a file drawer. The desktop is 1200mm x 600mm.

If you have extra space, and could do with a little more storage, this desk has a coordinating bookcase available to purchase separately.

 

Double pedestal with filing

Double pedestal desks are designed so you are seated in the middle with inbuilt storage at either side – two sides, double pedestal. An extra pedestal equals more storage and a larger desktop so more workspace!

For some desks this may include more than one file drawer such as the industrial style Iron Foundry Desk (image at the top of the post) which boasts two filing drawers. For the Iron Foundry, workspace is 1500mm x 508 mm. Narrower than the Cabrini above but a little longer.

 

Double Pedestal Example:

Trestle style desks are extremely popular with their minimalist look. Unfortunately, they seldom have much storage. These double pedestal, Executive Trestle Desks in Vintage Oak or Chalked Chestnut Effect dare to be a little bit different.

These desks have two filing drawers, two storage drawers and two open shelves – lots of storage! Plus a choice of two finishes. Plenty of workspace with a very generous sized desktop of 1500mm x 596mm and a neat cable port. Plus a choice of two finishes. What’s not to love!

 

L-Shaped or Corner Desks

Dover Oak L-Shaped Home Office Desk with File DrawerThese may be either single or double pedestal like the above examples. However, the main advantage is that you will have a much larger desktop and so a larger workspace. The disadvantages of the L-shaped desk style is these will need a little more space in the home.

 

Single Pedestal Example:

The Dover Oak Home Study L-Shaped Desk is a popular customer choice with a generous slate effect worktop and discreet cable management. The pedestal includes a file drawer and shelf. Although this is only a single pedestal desk a lower storage shelf is included within the desk return.

In addition, this desk is part of a collection. The range includes a coordinating coffee table and TV cabinet and more importantly, a stylish lateral filer should you require a little more 'coordinated' filing space!

 

Double Pedestal Example:

The Barrister Home Office L-Shaped Desk is ideal for a home study or a room dedicated as a home office. Although a double pedestal option this only has one file drawer. However, it offers much more storage and a very generous desktop workspace. 

 

The above are a small sample of the Saxen selection of home office desks including pedestals with an integrated file cabinet drawer. To view more please visit the Saxen website. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team if you have any questions about any desks or require some help and advice in choosing the correct product to fit your requirements.

Top Tips: What should I look for when choosing an office chair ?

Tips to Help You Choose an Office Chair

Tips to Help in Choosing the Right Office Chair for You!

So you are on a website selling office chairs! Oh the choice...

There are a wide array of office chairs on the market today. The choice is so vast - there is something for everyone!

How do you narrow this down? Where do you start?

The following tips are designed to help you choose something to suit you, your space and your budget!

 

Office Chair Price Range Slider1) Office Chair Price - Budget or Top End ?


Think about how much you can afford. A top of the range ergonomic office chair is not an option for everyone. For many it is quite simply out of the budget.

Choose a website that offers a price range scale within the category. That way you can set the price to select office chairs only within your budget!

Remember if your maximum budget is £100 and you set the slider for £100 that you could miss out on your perfect chair at £101.00. The price slider is that sensitive!

If a website does not offer a price range there might be an option titled Sort By. This often includes a sort by price option that you can simply select from the drop-down menu. It may be highest to lowest or lowest to highest price. Some websites will offer both a price range and a sort by price option.

 

2) Office Chair Finish - Leather, Faux Leather, Plastic, Fabric ?

... and What About Colour?

So now you have narrowed your choice down a little more it is time to think about the environment for this office chair. Where is it for? For a laboratory or a kitchen for example you would ideally be looking for something you can easily wipe clean such as faux leather or plastic.

Perhaps you are looking for something a little more plush for an executive office or a home study and would rather have full leather. Or maybe you are looking for a specific colour you can match with green and orange company branding or your cream living room sofa! 

Most websites will have filters either to the left or the right of the products where you can select material and colour finish options to suit your requirements.

Remember initially these filters may not show the exact colour or finish you are looking for. For example you make seek a Cream Leather Office Chair. You select Cream and Leather from the Filters but... see a brown leather or blue fabric chair. This is generally because the brown leather chair is offered in a range of leather colours including brown and cream. The blue fabric chair may be offered in a range of materials ie leather and fabric as well as a choice of different colours.

 

3) Finally Features of an Office Chair

Office Chair Website Filter Options Colour Material

You may have reached a point where it is slightly more difficult to narrow down further with filters. This largely depends on the individual website where you are shopping. However by this stage, you should have narrowed your search parameters down quite considerably and made the search for your perfect office chair much easier.

Other things to consider include do you require arms? Sometimes, particularly for a home, arms can be a hinderance if you need to tuck it under a low table at the end of the day or the weekend.

If you do require arms - you have a choice of fixed or adjustable? Adjustable arms can be lowered or raised some are also depth adjustable too. 

In an office or workplace environment office chairs with castors (i.e. wheels) are more popular. To make it even more difficult there is not simply one choice of castor! However in the home, wheels may not be a requirement particularly on carpet. 

Think about the users whether at home or in the workplace. How many hours will the chair be used? What is the weight of the user? Will there be many different users?

Some office chairs have small gas lifts and are recommended for only 3-5 hours usage a day. Many of these are unsuitable for anyone over a particular weight. For a student studying a couple of hours at home of an evening they are often a good economical choice. Other office chairs are much more heavy duty and can be used for up to 24 hours a day. These are perfect for an environment with shift workers or gamers! Height and back adjustable chairs are a better choice in an environment where there are many different users. These allow each user to adjust the chair to their own individual comfort requirments.

 

The above tips will have you well on the way to choosing the correct office chair for you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email. A member of the team will be happy to help.

The Perfect Five Minimalist Trestle or Console Table Style Home Office Desks

Minimalist Trestle or Console Table Style Home Office Desks

In the days where EVERYONE seems to be homeworking it can be difficult to source a minimalist style desk to fit seamlessly into the home environment.

Console table and trestle style home office desks are increasing in popularity. This is largely due to their minimalist look and their ability to nestle comfortably into any home environment without looking like an office desk. Let's face it who wants to look at a work desk on a weekend!

The following are our top 5 picks. 

 

5424259 Trestle Style Home Office DeskTrestle Style Home Office Desk

The perfect choice for the bargain hunters! Our cost effect choice nestles in at the £100 mark including delivery.

This simple and sleek design is available in two colour finishes (image shows Summer Oak wood effect finish). It is also available in a darker Cinnamon Cherry finish.

We love the neat stationery drawer. Ideal to hide away all your papers at the end of the day. 

 

Arizona and Aspen Home Office Writing Trestle Desks

Arizona Home Office Trestle Style DeskOkay so this is actually two slightly different desks - the Arizona and Aspen.

The Arizona is another economical choice, like the two above, this will give you change from your £100. If your budget is a little more, then Aspen includes a drawer and is a tiny bit bigger. However, the Arizona may be the better choice if you have printer as it has a useful storage shelf at the bottom (see the Arizona in image to right).

Both desks are finished in a fresh light oak wood effect. The Aspen is light oak and white.

 

Canal Heights Console Desk

Canal Heights Console DeskMid way through our top 5 picks is the Canal Heights desk shown in the main image above.

This is one of the more expensive desks from our list but isn't it so stylish!

We love the contrast of the Northern Oak wood effect with the powder coated metal frame. This drawer is actually a fake front - it flips down and slides out to use as a keyboard and mouse shelf (see image). Clever, eh?

What's more this is from a collection of furniture. Love it ?  Coordinate with another piece from the range ... perhaps a coffee table or bookcase.

 

Study Desk Console Style

Study Desk Console StyleNext up is this beautifully designed Console Style Study Desk. 

This desk boasts two stationery drawers and is finished in Salt Oak wood effect. This piece of furniture is so versatile. It would look equally lovely sitting in a hallway with a pot plant or vase of flowers, when not in use as your workspace!

 

Towson Trestle Desks

Last on our list are the Towson desks. There are two colour finishes. Choose from all White (shown in image) or the Beaufort Oak wood effect. 

A Towson desk is ideal if you seek that truly simplistic look. No frills with this duo. Simple, contemporary and functional.

 

Towson Contemporary Trestle Style Desks

So that's our perfect 8 - thought it was meant to be 5?!?! 

 

If you would like any further information about any of these desks, or any other products, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Additional images are available for each of the desks via our Saxen online store. The website also includes detailed dimensions for each product should you need to check space in your home. 

If you seek information on a particular desk from our Perfect Five Minimalist Trestle or Console Table Style Home Office Desks click on the images above to forward to the individual product page.