More and more people these days are working from home, either part time or full time. And with the explosion of home workers comes the need for home offices. Not everyone has the space for a dedicated home office with many of us borrowing a guest bedroom or a corner of the living room or master. However, no matter what your space constraints, the tips here will hopefully ensure your office works as hard for you as you do whilst using it.
For many of us with modest homes or a full house, finding the space to work can be as much of a challenge as a morning commute. But if we look creatively at our homes, we may find some underused areas that can be better utilised as office space. A guest bedroom might be able to double as a home office, a wardrobe or a closet can be cleared to make way for a small desk, even the space under the stairs can be converted into office space. What’s important is making sure the space is somewhere you want to spend time in.
One of the nicest things about working from home is the comfort of not being stuck in a boring cubicle. One of the hardest things about working from home is distraction. So finding a balance between a creative, inspiring space and the urge to work from the sofa while watching daytime television is paramount to being productive. Try to find a space that’s well lit, away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and provides a private space without a lot of easy distractions.
Storage is generally on the top of the list for a great home office. Having an organised place for accumulating paperwork will give you space to breathe and think, whether that’s via trays, storage boxes, a filing cabinet or a shelving system. Of course, scanning hard copies of paperwork and keeping an electronic copy on your computer’s hard drive or stored in a cloud is even better for clearing paperwork, especially when space is at a premium.
If you have the space, a bit of shelving will do the work of both providing practical storage as well as attractive display. Indeed, one of the nicest things about a home office is that it can look like it’s a part of your decor and you can make sure it fits in with the aesthetic of the rest of your space. As such, don’t be afraid to display some personal items like treasured photos or mementos.
Your dining table may work as a makeshift desk when you are browsing the internet but having a comfortable office chair will make sure your back and your legs are fully supported. Sitting for hours hunched in front of a laptop isn’t the most ergonomic option but if you have a comfortable chair, then chances are you’ll get more done if you aren’t distracted by that pain in your lower back.
If you work in a creative field, you might want to consider creating an inspiration board to display. Not only does it provide inspiration when those slumps in the day may give you a bit of a block, but they also look fantastic and are completely personal to what you love and how you work.
Lighting is also important but doesn’t have to be ugly and utilitarian. Task lighting will ensure your eyes aren’t straining when reading and your space will look that much more polished if you choose a lamp that works with your home office style.
The final step really is just to make the space your own. If you’ll be spending hours in a space, make sure that you include a few creature comforts. A nice plant, some flowers or your favourite stationary supplies artfully displayed keeps a home office from looking like a bland cubicle so inject a little bit of your personality and ensure your work space is working perfectly for you!
Do you work from home? If so, what’s your office space like? Are their any tips you’d like to pass on to our readers? Leave a comment and let us know!