Comfort: What does each person require to be comfortable? Sharing an office doesn't mean that you need to have identical work areas. Each person's desires should be taken into consideration. Not too long ago, I helped clients who had very different needs for comfort but really wanted to share their home office. One felt most comfortable sitting at a desk to do her work and she wanted strong task lighting. Her partner hated sitting at a desk and instead wanted a big comfortable chair to curl up in with her laptop or books — and she wanted soft lighting. This office might have been designed for a similar couple. There is a desk and chair with a good desk lamp for one person, while there is also a comfortable chair with a side table lit softly from a wall sconce for the other person.