If you are trying to create a functional, comfortable, and productive workplace, but you have two people to accommodate in the same office space, you may run into some issues.
Of course, having your own office is nice because it allows you to set it up any way you want.
That said, for whatever reason, you may need to share an office with somebody, generally due to office space constraints.
Working with a colleague or friend can be great because after all, work can get boring and lonely, so having someone with you, even if you aren’t talking, can decrease that sense of loneliness.
However, when you have two people sharing the same office, there is one problem that often arises, and that’s how to place the desks.
In this article, we will provide you with some fantastic ideas on how to arrange an office with two desks.
How to Arrange an Office with 2 Desks
Let’s go over all of the possibilities for setting up an office with 2 desks.
Connected: Face to Face, to the Side of a Room
One way to set up 2 desks in a single room is to have them connected, with you and the other person facing each other.
For this arrangement, you would have the desks off to one side of the room, leaving the other side of the room for storage. This is a great way to arrange an office if both people work together and have to communicate a lot.
Connected: Face to Face, in the Center of a Room
Just like with the previous option, here you have both desks connected and facing each other, which is great for two people who work together and have to communicate a lot.
However, here, instead of having the desks off to a side of the room, you have them in the center. This allows both parties to easily walk around the center desk setup, and it allows you to put all of your storage against the walls.
Separate: Face to Face
You may also choose to have the desks facing each other, but not connected, such as in the previous examples. This would most likely entail both parties having their backs to the wall, on opposite ends, with the desks facing each other. This is a good arrangement for people who need to communicate a lot, but don’t want to be right on top of each other.
Opposite Side Layout
If you prefer having your back to the wall, and so does the other person, but you don’t need to communicate too much, and you don’t want to constantly be making eye contact with each other, this arrangement would work well.
Here, you would have the desks on opposite sides of the room in terms of length, but also in terms of width. So, one desk would be in the top left corner, and the other in the bottom right, for example.
If you and your colleague want to be close to each other, you like to communicate, and you may even need to share work or look at each other’s screens, a corner arrangement works well. Here, you would arrange the desks to effectively create an L.
You could choose to have both people facing away from or into the corner, or both parties could face the opposite direction. This is a great method for optimizing office space, as it leaves the majority of the space open for other purposes.
Side by Side: Any Part of the Room
Some people get along fine, and if both parties need to work together consistently, and you frequently need to share work and your computer screens, then working side to side is the best option.
If you work side by side, and you both face the same direction, you can form a cohesive team, and if you place the desks against a wall, you can also save the rest of the space for other purposes.
Back to Back: Each Facing a Wall or Window
If you work in an office, there is no denying the fact that you might not always get along with the person that you have to share an office with.
If this is the case, arranging the desks so that both parties are on opposite ends of the room and face the wall, away from each other, would be ideal. This is also the case if you and the person sharing the space don’t need to communicate much and would rather work solo.
If you want to maximize desk space, you could create a T shape with the desks. This is a good option for rooms with limited space and for people who regularly need to communicate with each other, plus connecting the desks can allow for increase space for files, monitors, and whatever else.
As you can see, there are many good ways to arrange two desks in the same office. As long as both parties are comfortable and happy, it doesn’t matter too much.
Just make sure that both you and the person you are sharing the office with are good matches. If you and that other person don’t get along well on the best of days, then it won’t matter how well-placed those desks are.