Things A Home Office Needs, Including How To Fit It In

According to Steven Randel from the Forbes, the shift in information technology and communications prompted a different work lifestyle which requires a home office.

At a minimum, a home office needs to have a PC, printer and file storage, according to him.

The Houzz contributor listed several other things a home office needs. He indicated that a computer is only the beginning.


The desk needs to be considered first. One must think if a desk should float, be built in, or be positioned against a wall.

A standard desk height is about 29 – 30 inches (74 – 76 centimetres).


The dimensions of a computer vary hugely, aside from them constantly changing. The area where the computer is going to be placed must be flexible. For those that want to position a computer in a built-in, new equipment needs to be fitted in, too. The keyboard’s position is also important, as 24 – 26 inch (61 – 66 centimetre) high keyword trays are ergonomic.


There are also a range of sizes for printers, but a footprint of 18 by 24 inches (46 by 61 centimetres) helps. The height is dependent on how a printer operates. Allow room for its specific function in a layout.

Paper shredders

Paper shredders have already become a common piece of equipment. The sizes are usually about: 14 – 18 inches (36 – 46 centimetres) tall, 14 – 16 inches (36 – 41 centimetres) wide, and 8 – 10 inches (20 – 25 centimetres) deep. These can be tucked under desks, but do not block the knee space.

Filing cabinets

Filing cabinets also take up space. A usual letter-size file cabinet with two drawers is about 30 inches (76 centimetres) tall, 15 inches (38 centimetres) wide, and 29 inches (74 centimetres) deep. Investigate the ones needed, since these can be huge relative to a space.

Desk chairs

Desk chairs have varied sizes, shapes and styles. it usually takes up 42 inches (107 centimetres) more or less. However, this excludes the knee space.

Summing up

Although this is different from an office fit out in Melbourne or in other locations because of its smaller space, the needed equipment, such as furniture and other interior decoration, are still considered similar to commercial fit outs like music company offices or retail stores.