Tips On Designing Your Home Office
A home office can be a great alternative to having to participate in the daily rat race. The subway, the hours in the traffic, the spilled coffee; it’s nice to know that you can design a space and work from home if need be. Your business simply may not require an office outside of your home and you can safely make money and keep important information in a dedicated room in your house. If you have never had a home office before or would like to make some improvements on the one you currently have below are eight tips on designing your home office.
You are most likely going to be spending a considerable amount of time in your home office. This means that it is extremely important to make being there as enjoyable as possible. You don’t want to be stuck in the stuffiest, windowless, depressing room in your home. You want to be somewhere that is going to be comfortable to work for many hours a day. That being said, you also need to consider how well you work with distractions around. Do you need to be secluded in order to do your best work or can you handle being in high-traffic areas in your home with your family potentially distracting you from your work?
Don’t compromise too much form for function
Your shelves, storage and desk should be there to make it possible to run your business from home. You should not be at the mercy of a cluttered and clunky office space. Consider the unique workflow of your job and which furniture you will need to successfully do it before going ahead with your home office. You want whatever you invest in to compliment the existing aesthetic of your home, not stand out as a glaring, soulless cubicle. Your office doesn’t need to look like your typical 9 to 5 workspace; you can make it homey and more comfortable.
Have a great office chair
This cannot be stressed enough. You will spend hours sitting at your desk running your business or doing your job from the comfort of your home. You want to ensure that the experience is just that: comfortable. An ergonomically designed, beautifully crafted chair is worth every single dollar you invest in it. A cheap chair is going to be tough on your body and make you an angry, unhappy person at the end of each day, and that is no way to be in your own home.
Make your walls visually appealing
Your average office space, and especially the walls, are not pleasant to look at. Many of them are not even optimally designed to encourage people to work to the best of their abilities. You need a colour that is going to motivate you, while at the same time relax you. Spend some time before putting your office together taking note of which colours have the biggest impact on you in this regard. If you find yourself somewhere in public or at a friend’s or relative’s home and a colour really speaks to you and elevates your mood, consider painting your office with it. Positivity and productivity go hand-in-hand.
Give yourself a view
Taking frequent breaks from your work throughout the day is a necessity, despite what anyone says. Giving your body a break from sitting in the same position, and your mind a break from being locked into the same mental exercise, will make you more productive and happier in the long run. Have something in front of you that can temporarily take your mind off what you are doing and relax you while you break. A window with a view of something comforting or interesting is your best bet, but if you don’t have that, art, a fish tank or anything else inspiring is good as well.
Choose homey accessories
Unless you want your office to stand out from the rest of your home, it’s best to go with accessories that would look natural anywhere else in your home. This means coffee mugs, carpets, decorative lamps and wastebaskets and anything else that would blend in elsewhere in your home.
Make the most of the space
This means making the most of both vertical and horizontal space. Space is typically at quite a premium in a home office and making sure that you keep the floor area uncluttered will mean the difference between loving and hating being in your home office. Floating shelves are great at getting papers and other office equipment off the desk. Place vertical file folders on your desk to make sure that all of the documentation you need is always within arm’s reach.
Hide away technology
This means taking the mishmash of cords that usually plague home offices and trying to keep them organized and out of sight. This can be accomplished by ensuring that your electronics are close to wall outlets so that cords are not crisscrossing your office and any cords that are exposed are tied together with cord winders and organizers.
Most people end up loving their home offices. The ability and luxury of working from home is something that more people in the workforce should be able to experience in their lives. If you are currently in the design stage of your new home office or have yet to begin, keep the above design tips in mind and build something that will help you run your business from the place most comfortable to you.