Are you looking to make space that you can use as a home office? If so, you’re not alone, with many of us either working full or part-time from home these days.
The benefits of working from home are pretty clear; no time-consuming commuting, able to manage your own time and, in most cases, a ‘less formal’ dress style! But there are challenges of being away from work colleagues or clients you’re working for and having your own space to work from home is near the top of the list.
So here are some ideas and tips for you to plan your home office so that it is both practical and inspiring.
Find a place for your office
If you are fortunate to have a spare room or two in your home, first make sure that they are suitable for an office. Ideally, you need to find a room that is comfortable and has plenty of natural light. Not everyone wants a dedicated room for their desk space, though, even if there’s one available. If you have young children, for example, it’s often helpful to locate your home office within the living area, where you can keep an eye on them while working.
In a home where space is limited, look around for places where you might be able to squeeze in a desk, perhaps under the stairs, in the hallway or on a landing.
Make sure you have power and WiFi
Before you set up your desk space, make sure you have easy access to a power supply. If possible, choose a spot with plug sockets nearby, ensuring there’s enough for all your equipment, including computer, chargers, desk light and printer. If you can’t find a space near plug sockets, an extension lead will do the trick – but invest in a cable tidy to avoid a mass of leads cluttering up the room.
Likewise, do make sure you can get as good a wifi connection as possible, especially if your designated office space is some distance from your main router. If feasible, see if you can hard wire your laptop, PC or Mac into your router for extra stability.
Have enough storage to hand
Even if you work mainly paper-free, chances are you still have plenty of things you need to hand. Make sure there’s enough storage, and that it’s easy to access. A mix of shelves and cupboards is ideal, as it will enable you to quickly pull frequently used items off a shelf and keep other, less needed – and less attractive – things are hidden away.
Shelves can also be used to display ornaments, plants and pictures – all of which are important for creating a space that feels homely and inspiring, rather than just practical.
Good lighting is important
As well as natural daylight, you’ll need some overhead lighting to ensure the room feels bright enough to work in, and also to boost your mood and productivity.
Task lighting is also crucial, so invest in a high-quality desk lamp that will help you see without straining your eyes.
Avoid a distracting glare on your computer screen by placing your desk away from direct sunlight. Also, invest in a window treatment such as a Venetian blind that will allow you easily to control light levels throughout the day.
Work out how much desktop space you need
The type of work you do will influence the amount of space you need. If you have a lot of drawings or paperwork to pore over, a large desktop area is probably required. You might need to have two surfaces in order to keep your computer separate from your paperwork.
If your work is mainly screen-focused though, a small surface could be sufficient. But do bear in mind that spending long periods of time in front of a small screen is not great for your eyes. If you plan to use your desk for a good proportion of the day, ensure there’s room for a larger screen.
Make space for peripherals and gadgets
Don’t forget to accommodate all those secondary gadgets you need for your work. In particular, think about providing space for a printer and scanner. If your desk area is too compact for any bulky equipment, you can always locate a printer in another room. As long as there’s a WiFi connection, this shouldn’t affect your ability to send things through to be printed.
Have a comfortable chair
If you’re going to be using your office space for long periods of time, a practical desk chair is essential. Choose a design that supports your back to avoid any long-term problems with your spine. Desk chairs have actually come a long way, and there are now some attractive models on the market, so hunt around and you should be able to find a seat that’s both comfortable and attractive.
How FABRICO can help
FABRICO’s one-stop-shop approach to helping our customers achieve the home of their dreams includes a free home office design service. We can offer advice and suggestions on how best to plan your home office as part of your overall layout and help create your perfect workspace.
We are always pleased to discuss your plans and give you the benefit of our time and expertise. Feel free to contact us email@example.com.
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