Working from home can be distracting, even in the best of circumstances. If your “home office” is a corner of your bedroom, living room, dining room, etc., you want your office to be as compact as possible. Not only do you probably have limited space to work with, but your remote workstation also needs to be out of the way of the rest of the household.
Regardless of what room in the house you have designated as your work from home space, an office desk with hutch is the best way to create a very contained, focused workspace. A desk with a hutch can effectively isolate you from the rest of the room, creating a work environment not unlike a cubicle, even though it is open on the sides.
More importantly, a hutch puts all of your office supplies, files, and various tools of your trade at your fingertips, never having to leave your small work area where you might get distracted. It has been proven that productivity increases enough to add another 15 minutes of time to your workday just by making everything you need readily accessible, limiting the number of steps to get the job done.
If you don’t need any more convincing and you’re ready to jump in to creating a better home office for yourself or your loved ones, use these ideas to make the most of office desks with hutch.
Look for both drawers and cubbies
The hutch that you can get with your home office desk should be multifunctional and give you a good range of organization tools. The hutch should offer shelving, cubbies, cabinets, and drawers of various sizes. Ideally, the desk would have at least one drawer for files and one for frequently used office supplies, but if you don’t have those options they may be available in the hutch as well.
The main idea here is to keep from limiting yourself as to what you can put in the hutch by looking for one that is very versatile and offers the most options.
Make the most of your hutch with basic office organization tools
Like any system for inducing productivity and convenience, you will need to use your own preferences to make the most of your hutch. When your desk has a hutch it gives you a lot of open display space, but if you need that space to be for supplies instead there are easy ways to do so. Keep in mind that anything you use for organization in open cubbies will be seen easily by anyone who visits. For that reason, any loose or like items you want to store in a container, the container itself should have a professional or luxe aesthetic.
When you have to share your desk
If you’re not the only person in your household handling some or all of their work and school activities on a remote basis, you may need to set up the desk with a hutch for use by multiple people. When that is the case, consider everyone’s needs and divvy up the drawers, shelves, cubbies, and cabinets as appropriate for their needs. It can also help to label common use items like pens, paperclips, and other desk supplies.