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.

Creative Spaces

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.

Storage options

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.

Comfortable Seating

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.

Inspiration Boards

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.

Task Lighting

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!

 

Image credits:  Feature Image: Rue / Space Saving: Kelly Rae Roberts / Proper Hunt / Storage: Micasa Revista    / Martha Stewart / Comfy Seating: Rue / Emily Henderson / Inspiration Boards: The Glitter Guide / Design Sponge / Task Lighting: Jenny Wolf Interiors / Lonny

 

By Kimberly Duran on 16.01.13

Guest Contributor

8 responses to “How to Create Your Perfect Home Office”

  1. Mark says:

    HI – nice article – my must have inclusion is a small coffee machine – saves leaving the home office to make a brew and then being distracted by whatever! – Oh and some nice greenery makes the difference, and a different window blind from the rest of the house – then it feels like you are working away from home :-)

  2. Love it! Those are great suggestions. Never would have thought about a different blind but I like it :) Totally agree about the greenery as well, always nice to have a bit of greenery no matter what room you’re in!

  3. Like all your tips! Very helpful and they make absolute sense. I have to admit that the one thing I’m missing is a comfy chair…well, and more storage space would be nice. Having said that, I love working from home no matter what the setup is :-)

  4. Love the office-in-a-closet. I actually moved my desk into a small closet in my apt! It’s not as cute as the one pictured because we are renting and don’t want to put wallpaper in or repaint, so it’s kind of boring, but I really like the inspiration board idea! Still working on how to get a lamp in there without wires running to the kitchen across the way… I like Mark’s suggestion about a different window blind. Doesn’t apply to me, but it seems like a good mind trick.

    Melissa
    madeherlook.blogspot.com

  5. Hi Melissa, an inspiration board could cheer things up if you cover it with wallpaper or pretty fabric to add some pattern. Oh and you might want to consider this tutorial for making a lamp cordless! Will save the trailing wire problem :) http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2012/08/lamp-hack-how-to-make-any-lamp-cordless/

  6. Insane Deals says:

    Its really amazing post. the pictures which you have shared is really amazing. keep on sharing such an nice post.

  7. Fantastic tips and ideas Kimberly, love all of these!! I’m working on our home office right now and will be paying close attention to this post! Most of the furniture is in now, but am searching Singapore for some fun and colourful accessories to brighten up the space. Am on the case with an inspo board too, can’t wait!!

  8. Jane Brumpton says:

    I am a widow and live in a small almshouse flat with just 4 rooms. My “Office” with laptop,printer,laminator and filing cabinet is on one side of my bedroom. I WISH I could have someone to transform my room into a more efficient and pleasing to the eye.

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