If you have an opportunity to work from home, you should really try to make the most of it. There are some disadvantages to it, but they are outweighed by numerous benefits, such as not wasting time and money on commuting, not having to worry about what you’re going to wear, etc. However, in order to have a home office that is fully functional and provides you with all the comfort you need, you need to approach its design very seriously. Here are the most important considerations you need to take into account when creating or redesigning your home office.
Depending on the job you’re doing, you might need more or less storage space, but you’ll definitely need some. That’s why you should think about installing shelves or filing cabinets to hold all those papers you’ll be creating or those you occasionally need to refer to. For a neater look, go for storage space with doors, so that people coming to your office don’t have to look at every document you have. Shelves, on the other hand, are great for advertising purposes, since you can display your certificates or diplomas, nicely framed.
Even if you don’t expect people coming to your home office, you should at least consider having a lounge chair, because it would allow you to relax, unwind and plan your next steps. With so many options out there in terms of colour, material, and design, you shouldn’t have any problems finding one that ticks all the boxes.
Perhaps the most important item in your home office is the desk. It needs to be big enough to accommodate your laptop or monitor, as well as some other items. However, you should keep it neat, tidy and uncluttered at all times and one of the best things to do is choose from a range of desks, which are typically big and stylish enough to meet the needs of every home office.
Every room looks much better and more sophisticated with some artwork. Whether it’s a picture or photo on the wall or a small statue on a shelf, it’s sure to give your home office a touch of class. However, make sure it’s not very distracting because you need to keep your focus while working.
Another decorative element that is also very practical is a rug, which can add warmth and coziness to your home office, but also protect the floor from scratches. Just make sure you find one which goes well with the rest of the office and which is made using natural materials.
There are few things that can change the appearance of a room so much. A carefully selected plant will bring nature inside your home, i.e. your workplace in a way that nothing else can. Just find a plant that can thrive in the conditions you work in, i.e. one that has enough daylight or which likes the room temperature.
You might want to consider installing a cork or linen pin-board in your office, where you can display vision boards, notes, reminders or photos. You may think it looks very messy, but that doesn’t have to be the case. On the contrary, it can give the room a very grown-up and sophisticated look.
Be that a modern lamp on your desk or a visually captivating floor lamp, task lighting is needed to provide the light needed for your workspace. Aside from positively affecting your productivity and reducing eye strain, proper work lighting can also be used to embellish your home office, giving it a really cool vibe.
Having speakers in your room will allow you to listen to music all day while at work, without annoying anyone around you with your favorite artists. Having a set of wireless Bluetooth speakers will also help you avoid having to deal with cables all over the office and you can move the speakers around without worrying you’ll trip over the cables.
There are many ways in which you could make your home office much more appealing and pleasant to work in and it really doesn’t have to cost a lot to create a stylish space that will allow you to be creative and efficient so that you can reap the most precious benefits of working from home.