Whether your home office is designated space for running a business, the occasional video or telephone conference, or simply a little nook for paying bills and sorting out the family schedule, you deserve more than just a desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. An office that reflects the design and comfort of the rest of your home is a place you’ll actually want to put in those couple of extra hours that could mean the difference between a promotion and staying put. With that in mind, here’s a guide to help you create your dream office space in your home.
Location, Location, Location
Throughout your life you’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stiff yourself on space – even if you have a small home. Have a careful think about whether it’s really worth preserving that rarely used guestroom in favour of creating a lovely spacious office that you’ll use and enjoy every single day.
You should also think about traffic flow either past or in and out of your office space, and whether regular interaction with your family or pets is going to help or hinder your productivity. If you’re running a business and clients will be stopping by, the ability to shut the door to create a private space and ample seating for your guests as well as yourself will be vital components.
Last but not least when thinking about location – give yourself something to look at! Depending on what’s going to help your productivity, either choose to position your desk in front of a window so you can look at the view when you glance up from the screen, or if that’s not an option (or if you’ll find the outside world distracting) then decorate the wall in front of your desk rather than just staring at a blank wall. If you enjoy the buzz of social interaction while you’re working you could also position your desk so you’ll be facing the door.
When decorating any room it can be tempting to sacrifice function in favour of form – particularly when trying to avoid the corporate vibe so many office spaces outside the home have; but you’ve got to think about your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional.
Whatever kind of furniture you’re choosing, it’s absolutely vital that there’s enough storage available – files and important documents pile up astonishingly quickly so you’ll need somewhere to store them all. You can either buy a bookcase and use that, or for a more space saving and fulfilling option why not build and install your own shelving? With the right tools it’s easier than you might think, and will give you the pride of a job well done whenever you use your office in future.
Finally, you should make sure the decorative feel of the best of your home stretches into the décor you choose for your office. If your home has traditional décor, warm wood and soft, comfy chairs or a loveseat are ideal, whereas a contemporary home office can feature artistic pieces or modern metal furniture.