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Lawyer Office Design: Tips for an Inviting & Professional Office Space

If you are a lawyer and thinking about redesigning your office, there are some things you should keep in mind. Designing your law office appropriately is important for not only you and your coworkers, but it’s also important for your clients. 

The way your law office looks will have a direct impact on how clients feel when they enter your office. It will directly influence their first impression of you, before you even say a word.

A lawyer office design should communicate an inviting yet professional atmosphere. Too much of either design element can become overbearing or inappropriate. There are a lot of elements from general office furnishing and interior design that can apply to your lawyer office design. For instance, you will want lots of natural light, areas for meetings, and perhaps a casual kitchen or reception area for guests.

Here are some ways you can find a happy medium in your lawyer office design! Happy furnishing.

Basic principles for your lawyer office design

Your workspace should always look aesthetically pleasing, especially if it is a place that many people are going in and out of. A life insurance attorney pointed out that a law office should be designed with the client in mind. If you haven’t planned for your client’s comfort in your lawyer office design, now is the time to do it.

These design tips can make your law office a professional setting, while also making sure that your clients feel welcome and comfortable.

Pay attention to your decor

This is perhaps the most important design tip to keep in mind as you design your law office. Your decor is what will have the biggest impact on the way that clients feel when they enter your law office. 

In a law office, people are usually emotional so it’s crucial that you make your space a place where they feel welcome and calm.

A middle aged man with a takeaway coffee sits on a beige leather couch and reads a magazine calmly.

Some decor ideas that can make your lawyer office design inviting:

  • Display pictures of your friends and family. Personal pictures will make clients feel a personal connection to you and will feel more comfortable in your office.
  • Place plants around the room. Plants are naturally calming and can make a law office feel more like a home than a workspace. To an extent, it’s important that clients feel at home during a stressful and overwhelming time. Plants also provide fresh air to the space, making it feel less stuffy and more inviting. 
  • Don’t choose a dark color palette. Law offices often make the mistake of choosing decor and paint that is too dark. But dark colors will not make clients feel welcome. In fact, these dark colors may even add to your clients’ anxiety! Instead, choose decor and paint that is light in color.

In addition to making your law office inviting for clients, it’s important that you keep it professional. You want to communicate competence and confidence

Here are decor ideas to make your law office feel professional:

  • Hang your degrees and certificates. This is an easy way to show you are qualified without having to say a word.
  • Incorporate an impressive bookshelf. You can display the books you’ve read that pertain to your area of law. Not only will this make it easy to refer to those books, it also shows clients that you are knowledgeable in your area of practice.
  • Hang artwork. Artwork brightens up the office while making it sophisticated and attractive. Abstract art is a good choice for lawyer office design. 
  • Use rich textures. Leather, wood, and woven textiles can help communicate a sense of gravitas to your clients. They will feel like you take the job very seriously.

Install the appropriate lighting

A group of people sit around a long conference table while someone gives a presentation. Bright fluorescent lights hang on the ceiling above.

The right lighting is imperative in a law office. Lighting has a direct effect on how a person feels in a space. If the lighting is wrong, he or she may feel anxious, interrogated, confused, and in some lighting cases, even tired. 

As you think about your lawyer office design, do some research to see what kind of lighting will benefit your space. Your goal should be to utilize lighting that will make clients feel comfortable while also ensuring they are not distracted by showy or overly bright lighting.

The best kind of lighting which is both professional and inviting is natural light. Therefore, if your law office features any windows, take advantage of that by hanging minimal window treatments.

Alternately, the kind of lighting that most closely resembles natural light is fluorescent lighting. Install fluorescent lighting where possible to resemble sunlight if you don’t have windows. 

Create an open space

Clutter is the enemy when it comes to a law office! Mess can instantly make a law office feel unprofessional and will turn off clients who might otherwise have wanted to work with you. This might look like too many papers on your desk, or too many items displayed on the table or wall.

It can also mean that your law office is too small for you. Make sure that your law office does not feel too small. An office space that is too tight will not make clients feel invited and welcome. 

A man holding a tablet gives a presentation in an open office.

One way to combat these issues is to make your law office an open space.

If you have the opportunity to completely redo your lawyer office design, consider installing glass walls or windows throughout the rest of the office. Glass gives the illusion that there is more space, eliminating any feelings of constriction. It does mean that clutter is more visible, and there are privacy elements to be considered. But overall, creating an open space in your law office is a great way to make clients feel welcome.

If you’re not doing a full redesign, you can simply touching up design elements in your office to make it more welcoming and inviting. Consider getting rid of things that you no longer need. File things away in hidden storage spaces with clear labels. 

In the end, create a law office that’s right for you

As you think about ways to design your office space, keep the above tips in mind. Design elements like the ones above can make your office an outstanding work environment. Good design can improve the quality of your work, and it also benefits your clients. It’s important to find the happy medium between professional and inviting. 

But ultimately, no single piece of advice is going to work for every lawyer office design. A lawyer office design is a project to be taken seriously. Each office is unique.

Whether you have a small workspace or a large office, you may want to consider working with a design-and-furnish company to design your law office. Interior designers can be quite expensive, but design-and-furnish companies like Furnishr are actually more affordable. 

A great way to furnish a law office from scratch is to get a custom design. Furnishr takes your floor plan and then proposes a layout and furniture to exactly match your style and your needs. Not only that, but Furnishr orders, delivers, and assembles all your furniture onsite for you. You don’t have to do anything except take one call with your assigned designer and pay for the service. You could have a brand new law office in just two weeks with Furnishr.


About the Author
Veronica Baxter is a blogger and legal assistant living and working in the great city of Philadelphia. She frequently works with Chad Boonswang, Esq., a busy life insurance beneficiary attorney

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Pinterest Worthy Desk Ideas & DIY Home Office Tips

It’s only April, and already 2020 has totally changed the lives of millions of people. Chances are you are going to be working at home for a while. For some of us, working from home has been a reality for years, but for many others it is a new and scary challenge. Your home office is probably sparse and impersonal, and not a space you enjoy spending time in. Or maybe you don’t even have a home office at all, let alone a Pinterest worthy desk.

The next few weeks offer you a chance to change that. You can commit to some DIY crafts projects to turn your home office into a personal haven. Or if you want it done and dusted in just a few days, use a design-and-furnish company to create a stellar workspace from scratch.

Why not create a space you actually want to be in, rather than a room you just want to escape from?

Here’s some inspiration. Read the following tips for transforming your home office and soon you’ll be full of Pinterest worthy desk ideas. Good luck!


Upcycled vision board

a homemade collage vision board made up of magazine cut outs. Some phrases include "life in the city" and "my world."

Vision boards have known benefits on productivity and motivation. The process of planning out your vision board gives you more clarity on what you want out of your life, particularly in the near future. Even better, you can create a vision board from your own upcycled materials!

Start by finding items you are considering discarding, and see what you can do with them. You may want to check the recycling bin or use an old cereal box to start out. An old calendar can provide you with ample space to design or collage, while also reminding you of a significant time in your life. Scraps of clothing can be used as design elements on the board, using your aesthetic sensibilities to motivate you to sit down and bring your vision to life.

A homemade laptop stand

a man with dreadlocks leans over a laptop

Unless you have incredible craftmanship skills, you should probably not attempt to make your own office chair. After all, an office chair needs to be comfortable and should be designed to give you the support you need. A DIY pallet bench or something similar may look like a Pinterest worthy desk idea, but it might actually cause you more harm than good.

But a nice piece of carpentry you could create for your home office is a homemade laptop stand. Standing while working is both healthy and a good way to keep focused. If you want to work standing up, you will need a platform for your computer. Trust us, a pile of books just doesn’t cut it. Adding your own sweat and labor will make you feel good about yourself every time you stand to work.

Personal art

a double exposure photograph that shows the photographer and an image of the city overlaid

Many working people don’t have time to pursue their own art projects. They love to paint or take photographs and they have quite a bit of skill, but just aren’t able to get around to displaying their work. This is the perfect opportunity to dedicate some time to bringing your art into the world. Create the painting you have always dreamed of. Write up the poem that is tumbling around in your head. Print off some of your favorite black and white photos that are sitting on your hard drive. And then, hang them up wherever you work. Now that’s a Pinterest worthy desk idea!

Your office space should remind you of your own creativity. Seeing your work on the wall is much better motivation than any inspirational poster. Whenever you feel worn out, you can look at your work and get a boost thinking about the hard work and creativity it took to create that art.

Natural light and greenery

a small plant on a table with a laptop, black notebook, and camera lens

Studies show that having some plants and access to natural light can actually boost your productivity. If you can, look for some small potted plants (fake ones are good too). Arrange your furniture around the availability of natural light and make sure to open the blinds when you’re working.

Whether you have a specific home office space or not, a little bit of fresh air and natural décor can make a huge difference to making your workspace feel inviting.

If you’re at a loss for how to style a desk, just pop over to Pinterest or Instagram. There are plenty of examples of desk styling and Pinterest worthy desk ideas on both platforms.

Ergonomics and taking breaks

a black woman talks on the phone and smiles while working on her laptop

The trickiest part of working from home, apart from maintaining focus, is how to keep your body happy. People without a home office set up often find themselves sitting on the couch or slouching over a dining table. It’s easy to damage your spine, neck and shoulders with bad posture. 

One way to solve this is to order an ergonomically designed office chair for your home. There are special sit/stand desks you can buy that you can program to exactly your preferred height. Another way to combat body pain is to take regular breaks from working. Stand up regularly, even if it’s just to walk to the kitchen for a glass of water. 

Overall, working from home can be a blessing in disguise, as those who have been doing so for years will tell you. If you spend some time creating the ideal work space for yourself at home, you will find it easy to reap the rewards.

And if you need help creating a work space at home, our designers are ready to assist with plenty of Pinterest worthy desk ideas! It’s free to start a room request. All you have to do is tell us about your space and your style, and we’ll take care of the rest. 

This guest post was written by Josh Mishin.

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Work from Home: Furnishr’s Top 5 Tips

You might be surprised at some of the benefits you can reap if you work from home.

For instance, did you know that, if you work from home, you can deduct square footage and office supplies when you file your taxes?

Well read on, because we’ve got a lot of great tips for you, whether or not you’re new to this whole work-from-home situation. Remember, YMMV depending on if your business is actually based out of your home (like crafting or counseling) versus if you telecommute for a corporate job. If you’re an entrepreneur considering your next move, a shared office space could be the right fit.

Either way, these tips should help!

And if you need help configuring a home office for yourself, we’re the pros. Here is our article about how to budget for a home office. And it’s free to see what a custom home office would look like in your space. Talk to one of our designers today and we’ll take care of you.

1. COMMUNICATE

This one is key. And it solves a major worry for both employer and employee. You, the employee, are probably worried about your own productivity at home. You might also be worried how your employer will know that you’re actually working.

By communicating with your boss or colleagues regularly, you demonstrate that you are in fact putting in the same hours as everyone else. You show you are still engaged and contributing to the company’s projects, and you show that you work a full day. Make sure you check in with your boss and your team about how they prefer to communicate. Do they want mid-morning checkins on Slack? Zoom voice calls once a week? Email reports on Fridays with a breakdown of your work?

In unpredictable economic times, it’s super important to focus on showing value at work. So if you’re working at home, make sure to communicate regularly so your team knows you’re in the trenches with them, too.

2. MAKE YOURSELF A HOME OFFICE

a home office desk with a large desktop screen displaying a clock and a vase with yellow flowers beside a bookcase

If you’re a long-time telecommuter, you know this already. But for people who are new to working from home, it can be tempting to just sit on the couch, or even climb back into bed with your laptop! We’ll admit, it is a major benefit of working from home that you can move around and adjust your body to more physically comfortable positions than you might otherwise do in an office.

However, eventually the temptation (and neck cramps) get in the way of your to do list.

So, choose a spot right now which will serve as your home office. It can be a nook, a small end table cleared off in the living room, or your spare bedroom. Tell your partner or housemates so they can leave you alone while you’re working. Consider using a blocker or signing out of social media accounts during work hours. Set up your space with office accoutrements and things that make it feel focused and professional.

Your home office should feel comfortable but not too comfortable. You should imagine having a Zoom meeting your boss without being totally embarrassed by the decor.

If you need help figuring out how to decorate or organize a home office, Furnishr can help.

3. LEAVE THE HOUSE AT LEAST ONCE DAILY

a person wearing shorts and a tank top walks down stairs to the street. she is holding a phone.

When your work is at home, and your life is at home, and there’s no commute to give you fresh air or a change of scenery – well, you can see how easy it could be to get trapped indoors all day!

Some of our favorite ideas are to take a short afternoon walk to a nearby park. The NY Times recommends this as a way to combat the sluggish afternoon hours when most people get tired and distracted. Or you could take your lunch outside to your yard or patio. Remember, you should only do this if you can still practice social distancing! If it’s too crowded outside, try opening a window and breathing some fresh air.

Not only is it a good idea to try to leave your house once a day, but we also recommend finding someone to chat with outside your work group. It helps you disconnect, so you can come back refreshed. Why not take a virtual lunch break with an old friend?

4. KNOW HOW TO SIGN OFF

Patio furniture on deck of cottage

For people who work at home, it can be difficult to separate work from home. For instance, in the office, you have all the normal cues where people start to pack up around 5p.

But at home, it can be easy to just keep working, just for a few more minutes… until suddenly it’s 6:30p.

Don’t let working from home turn you into a lazy employee, but don’t let it turn you into a workaholic, either.

A lot of telecommuters have some kind of ritual that helps them close out their work day. It can be an alarm and something as simple as sending a final message via Slack to your team and then closing the laptop and getting up.

5. ENJOY YOUR FLEXIBILITY

Man working on the floor

Remember that not everyone has the option to work from home! It comes with challenges, true, especially if your home environment is not super conducive to focusing.

However, you have a lot of flexibility compared to most office workers. There are a lot of benefits to working from home, and you should try to enjoy them.

For instance, you can hydrate as much as you want (and pee as often as you want!) without incurring the suspicion of your coworkers.

You can stretch out and do yoga, or sit in positions that work better for your body than stuffy old office chairs.

You are more in control of the soundscape of your work environment. You could blast Rihanna all day and no one will ever know!

You’re also better able to feed yourself home cooked meals, which saves on money and is usually healthier for you than eating out.


We hope you put these tips to good use!

If you’re ready to explore what a home office could look like for you, schedule a free consultation with our designers. Here is the easiest way to get started.

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What to Budget for a Home Office In Your New Place

Whether or not you do your job from home, it can be great to carve out space for a home office.

SERIOUSLY, YOU NEED A HOME OFFICE

Firstly, having a home office can help you avoid neck problems from web browsing in bed or on the couch. No shame, but chiropractors are costly! A designated “work” area at home, even if it’s only a corner of your living room, can help you get into that focusing vibe. It can provide you with a physical space to organize all your home projects, papers, and side hustles. Plus, a home office is a great opportunity to show off your style and display some beautiful and inspirational art (and office supplies!). After all, nothing says “you got this, bitch” more than a sleek filing system, a jar of highly pointy pencils, and your favorite badass motivational graphic. That being said, your first step is to decide how much space you need, and for which activities.

 
large home office with wall-to-wall bookcases

 

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MOVE

Now before you start budgeting for fancy stuff, this step is really important. If you’re relocating to a new place, it can be tricky to figure out how your current home office set-up will translate. You may already have a desk, a chair, office art, and various containers for papers and supplies. Maybe you already know the dimensions and layout of your new space! Or maybe all you know is that you want some place to set up your laptop and put a couple plants.

The good news is that this moment right now, pre-move, is the perfect moment to take stock of what is / isn’t working in your current home office. Take a moment to evaluate which items (and habits) should make this move with you, and which are okay to leave behind.

DREAMING AND PLANNING – WHICH TYPE OF PERSON ARE YOU?

If you are starting a fancy new job as part of your move, it’s worth giving some energy to redesign the vibe of your new home office. After all, this space will see you into the next stage of your career development! It should be designed to support you and keep you balanced as you pursue those professional dreams.

Remember to consider your technical requirements. For example, your home office may require a full-size monitor or even a podcasting nook. If you do regular video calls, you should also think carefully about how to light your home office. You also need to think about the best spot to setup (and conceal) your WiFi.

So. Start the dreaming! Imagine yourself sitting down at your beautiful new home office, and take some notes. Is it morning? Are you typing on your laptop on a small table or reaching for your watercolors on a larger surface? If your imagination is struggling, Pinterest is really great for all kinds of home office inspo.

> The Home-Based Entrepreneur

Maybe you’re redesigning your home office because you’re making the leap to full-time entrepreneurship. You will be working full-time from your home office. Maybe you’re someone who enjoys sitting at their desk in the mornings while enjoying a cup of coffee and reviewing a to do list. In this case, you may already have a big enough desk to hold your laptop and your business notes. If this sounds like you, then you may wish to spend your budget on more soft furnishings (lamps, art, rugs) rather than furniture. You could create a special spot for your morning cuppa (hello, clever coasters!) and choose desk art that reflects your early bird mentality. If you want to host meetings, you might want to set a chunk of cash for a stylish couch and an end table.

a non-binary person using a laptop at work
Credit: Gender Spectrum Collection.
> The After-Work Hustler

Alternatively, perhaps you’re moving across the country to take a corporate job. You just need a small designated spot in your new place to put office supplies and electronics. Are you someone who struggles to make it to your desk at the end of a long workday, and your laptop always ends up on the floor by your bed? If this sounds familiar, think about splashing out on a smaller-footprint desk that lives right in your living room. Look out for materials that make your desk space feel luxurious and attractive. What about a faux sheepskin rug for your tired feet? A tea station, complete with electric kettle, could be an inviting addition to your new home desk. A classy shelf, designed specifically for storing your laptop and charger, goes a long way in encouraging tidiness.

The key to furnishing success is being intentional about connecting design with ritual.

PRIORITIZE YOUR SPENDING

Congrats! You should now have a rough idea of the activities you’d like your new home office to support. We at Furnishr are big believers in furnishing in the proper order. What do we mean by this? Well, you’d never buy a chair for your desk before buying the desk itself, right? By starting with bigger furniture pieces, and considering layout and lighting, you can save yourself so much time and energy. Trust us.

Okay! Now you’re ready to attach some cash to your vision. Your home office budget should go towards meeting your most essential needs. And you should have a good idea of which furniture will or will not be making the move with you.

Here’s how a home office budget could play out.

sketching at home
 
 
Small Nook / Den

If you just need some quiet time at night to check emails, then a small nook or den area will do. This is the most basic setup. You will need a desk, chair, table lamp and some storage piece.

Nook/Den
Desk – Best with at least one small drawer
Chair – Use a dining chair for style
Task Lamp (not the bedroom table lamp)
Storage Piece – Since this is likely in a shared space, make this a multi-purpose storage piece, like a bookcase and bar!
Total$800 to $1500
 
Work From Home / Solopreneur

desk and chair in bedroom

If your work requires constant creativity, then more sunlight is necessary. A ‘thinking’ accent chair with a laptop side table might be needed for some inspo time. Painting the walls or having inspirational artwork could be good for this setup. A convenient window treatment solution can help block the sunlight when needed. You will need a desk (sit/stand?), office chair, accent chair, side table, storage, window solution, a decor budget, and perhaps a tree or plant.

Solopreneur
Desk – Choose one with storage
Office Chair – Make it comfy!
Accent Chair – For reading (optional)
Side Table – For reading (optional)
Storage – Choose pieces with drawers rather than open shelves to contain clutter.
Window Solution – Flexible for light control
Decor Budget – Use personal items (low cost / free)
Tree or Plant – Choose low-maintenance ones
Total$1800 to $3500
 
Home Office for Clients

If this home office is actually a client receiving office, then the location of the office should be as close to the entrance as possible. This can spare you from cleaning the entire house everyday. Your budget will of course be determined by the size of your space, but there are a few items most spaces will need. You will need an executive desk, nice office chair, two guest chairs, perhaps a sofa+chair combo for casual meetings, a meeting table if space allows, closed storage pieces, ample lighting, a decor budget, and a tree or plant.

 
Home Office for Clients
Executive Desk – Make sure there’s a modesty panel
Office Chair – Make it comfy!
Two Guest Chairs (or sofa+chair combo) – Style over comfort
Meeting Table – Round tables are more collaborative
Closed Storage – Yes!
Ample Lighting – 1) Pot lights are best to light up all corners of the room. 2) Use sconces (more $) to minimize clutter in the room, or 3) tall table lamps in different corners of the rooms.
Decor Budget – Choose conversation pieces, maybe a large photograph of your fav vacation, or a piece collected from travel, or artwork that illustrates your company’s motto
Tree or Plant – Choose low-maintenance ones
Total$2500 to $5000+
big windows, yellow couch, assorted seating

BUDGET SPECIFICS

Okay, okay. We know you came here to start getting specific about the budget for your new home office.

If you are setting up a full room office space totally from scratch, you’re looking at $2500 to $5000. The price comes down a little if you are designing a desk nook within a larger room, like a bedroom or living room, or if you already know your current furniture will fit in the new space. In these scenarios, you’re looking at between $800 to $1500.

Alternately, you may find that a shared office space is a better solution for your business needs.

We hope this has been helpful!

Do remember to set aside money for framing art and hiring someone to install any larger pieces of furniture. Or just call us, and we’ll take care of it all in a single day. Our designers are here to make your space stylish and functional.

We do big and small home offices, and we also do actual commercial office spaces! So if you show up to your new job and their office needs a facelift, you’ll know who to call ;).