Designing the Perfect Home Office

Designing the Perfect Home Office

Your home is your pride and joy, and when you work from home it becomes a central point for all business activity as well as family activity. When you’re in a rented business premises, it’s likely that you don’t get much of a say in how your office looks, what furniture is in place or what the colours may be. At home? At home, your office becomes your castle, and when your office is your castle, you get to decorate it in any way that you want!

You can pull your design inspiration from anywhere, and if you are planning on adding an office to your home, it’s got to hit all the right notes to be the perfect place to work. Your home office will need office furniture, a smart layout for your particular working style, and it all needs to be as distraction-free as possible. How do you accomplish this? Well, follow the tips that we have for you below and your office can be as well thought out as you could imagine.

 

Location, Location, Location

Your home office is - obviously - going to be in the home. However, you can think outside the box here and have your new home office on your property, but not in your house! An annexe built into the back garden, an orangery or even a well-designed shed could change the way that you think when it comes to your home office. Let’s be honest; no matter how distraction-free your home is, you will, at some point, migrate into the rest of the house with your family. By having an entirely separate outbuilding for your office, you could work in peace. Failing this, a room in the home that’s away from the noise and quiet to work in is an ideal solution.

 

Space - It Counts

You should always ensure that you have enough space to work comfortably. There’s nothing worse than ill thought out office furniture and a layout that doesn't allow you the space to move around easily and give you room to stretch and breathe. Design trends come and go, but the one thing that any office benefits from is a minimalist approach with enough room to move and not overcrowd the room with ‘stuff’ and furniture.

 

Furniture Selection

If there is one thing that is vital to your home office, it’s your office furniture choices. The desk and chair that you choose have to be better than just regular tables and chairs - they have to fit your shape and be ergonomic. The chair should sit at the desk with it at the right height to type or write without you having to strain up or slouch down. You should also ensure that your chair is one that forms to your shape, not the other way around. Chairs should be adjustable if possible, even if you are just using a laptop to type. Your neck and back will thank you later - trust us there!

 

Storage Options

In an office, you could aim to be as eco-friendly as possible, but that doesn't mean that you won’t need filing cabinets for paperwork. Paperwork is an inevitability with your office space because you will need to fax, copy and print at some point. You may also need to have paper evidence of accounts and client information. While this may all be scanned into the computer, you still need to consider your options for storage. The perfect home office has enough shelving, cupboards and cabinets for all of your storage needs and the way to ensure that you have the right layout is to consider your workflow. Work out what stays on your desk whilst you work and what needs to go away when it’s complete and design your office around the easiest way to not waste time while you’re working.

 

Let There Be Light

Natural light is one of the fundamental things that your home office will need above everything else. If you are situated on the grounds of your property in an orangery or conservatory type home office, you may not have much of an issue as these are naturally full of windows that offer natural light for you to work with. People who work with more natural light than anything else are often more productive. If you don’t have this luxury, situate your desk near the window and make sure that you invest in good desk lamps so that you can see what you’re doing. A little bonus about working from home is that you can deduct your electricity bill with your taxes, providing light relief on your utility budget!

 

Think Tech Tidy

You don’t need clutter in a small home office; there’s enough in there as it is. However, you do need to consider your technology and how much space this takes up. It’s not just about the right sized copier or scanner; you need to consider the wiring system that you have and whether it’s working for you. Take control of your technology and try these out:

  • Wireless routers will help you to cut back on the number of wires connected to your computer
  • Wireless printers and a wireless mouse with your computer remove trailing cables around the furniture
  • Use cable tidies and a grommet in your desktop so that any wires that are on your desk are led underneath.
  • Attach visible wiring to the desk legs; they’ll be out of sight and yet still accessible if you need them.

 

Colour Happy

Lastly, when it comes to the perfect office, you need the right colour that will set you up to work well and with the motivation that you’ve always needed. Light colours can motivate you to work better, and a splash of bold colour can really help you to stamp your personality all over the space!

Your home office should be smart, simple and reflective of your working style. Considering the points above, you can have an office that is full of the right furniture, natural light and is a space you can count on with minimal distraction. If you need help choosing furniture to fit perfectly into your home, give our team a call on 0800 092 1985.

Posted by Paul Randall
19th December 2018

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