Smart & Connected Life Working From Home 28 28 people found this article helpful 6 Tips for Creating a Functional Office Layout for Two Sharing an office with another person requires planning by Catherine Roseberry Writer Catherine Roseberry is a former writer for Lifewire who has experience in technology consulting focused on mobile productivity. our editorial process Catherine Roseberry Updated on April 03, 2020 Working From Home The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Online The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning at Home The Ultimate Guide to Skype Tweet Share Email A home or satellite office doesn't have to be limited to only one person. If configured correctly, any space — regardless of size — can accommodate two people. Learn how to create a functional home office space that works for two. Sharing an office space, which is becoming increasingly necessary as the number of telecommuters and freelancers in the workforce increases, requires planning and organization. 01 of 06 Making Space for Two Hero Images / Getty Images Some considerations remain the same for both one-person and two-person offices: the placement of electrical outlets is critical to desk placement, doorways affect traffic flow, and windows reduce computer monitor visibility. In most cases, each person needs a desk, chair, file cabinet, and — possibly — a visitor's chair. A shared all-in-one scanner/printer is standard office equipment. Considerations unique to two-person offices include: The equipment and furnishings that are shared.The workflow of each person.Whether the occupants are right-handed or left-handed (yes, this does matter). Each of the example layouts in this article uses a one-door, one-window room, but the lessons from the layouts can be extended to fit any space. 02 of 06 Face-to-Face Desk Layout Lifewire / Catherine Roseberry In this office layout, the desks are positioned where workers face each other and filing cabinets are placed in the corners out of the flow of traffic. The scanner/printer table is located near the desks where both workers can access it when needed. 03 of 06 Opposite Side Layout Lifewire / Catherine Roseberry If the door is not centered, the desks can be placed on opposite walls with the scanner/printer table closest to the person who uses it the most. 04 of 06 Defining Workspaces With Office Furniture Catherine Roseberry In this layout, the desks are placed on opposite walls and one filing cabinet is used to define a workspace. The scanner/printer table is set up so that either person can access it. The area beneath the scanner can be used as additional storage space. The tops of the filing cabinets can also be used for books or other storage, provided they are kept tidy. 05 of 06 T-Shape Desk Layout Lifewire / Catherine Roseberry In this office example, the desks are placed to create a T formation. It requires one person to walk around a desk, but it leaves room for an additional chair to be placed in the corner. 06 of 06 Center of Attention Lifewire / Catherine Roseberry This office layout places both desks facing each other, but a small divider is placed between the two desks to provide additional privacy. Extra chairs can be positioned in the corners of the room for visitors.