How To Create A Home Office You’ll Actually Want To Work In
If you are going to create a home office it has to be a place you will be happy and productive.
The obvious place to start is the location of your home office, the fact that you may be spending 8 hours or more in this environment means that you deserve more than a desk stuck in a spare corner of the house. This room should reflect the design and comfort of the rest of your home, a place you will be happy to spend time and work productively.
Rooms that are suitable to be used as a home office include a guest room, dining room, summer house, or conservatory. Think about the footfall and distractions that go on in your home do you work better in the thick of activity or do you prefer peace and quiet.
Define what the office needs
A desk is a must goes without saying really; don’t overlook the importance of your desk chair. As much as we want to create a trendy stylish room your chair needs to be functional, supportive and comfortable. A good ergonomically-correct chair is worth every penny.
Do you require a meeting table or a space for clients or other staff members to use.
Think about all your equipment from files, printers, fax machines, phone etc. and how you want to store these items.
If your room allows it have a comfy area a place away from your desk to think and read and take breaks. A comfy chair and footstall with a small table and lamp is a great perk of working in a home office. And no one will notice if you take the odd power nap!
Money, money, money
Set a budget for your home office. Evaluate whether you want to invest in brand new furnishings or if you would be happy to up cycle some items. Consider contacting a refurbish office furniture company if your budget is tight. You can start with the basics and build on this when finances allow.
Now is the time to get creative. Use Pinterest for inspiration but remember the magazine designed rooms may look fabulous but they may not be functional. You should think functional first and beauty second.
Use colour on your walls no need to create a boring beige canvas to work from. Think about how certain colours affect your mood. Calming colours are soft greens, pale yellow and delicate blues whereas reds, bright yellow and orange create warmth and brightness.
Let there be light
Ideally you should use a room that has a window (not always possible if you are converting a garage or basement). Position your desk near the window this is an ideal place for your desk giving you a good excuse to turn away from your computer to take in the view, when you need a break.
As well as natural day light you will also need to invest in some additional lighting, desk lamps provide a nice soft glow to work from on darker days or evenings.
Once you have your home office it’s important to set some ground rules with your family. Your children should respect your work space and not constantly interrupt you during your working day. If you allow other members of the family to use your office for home work or projects they should leave the room as they found it. You don’t want to be starting your working day clearing up after other people.