There are more home offices than ever before with more and more people working from home – so it’s important that you make yours beautiful. If you have to work from home and if you have to spend eight hours a day there, you might as well create a lovely space to do it in. Follow our tips to creating a beautiful home office and take a look at this link for painting materials to help you create the perfect working space for you.
- Find the right space for your office. Ideally you’d be able to shut the door on your office so that you can leave work behind when you’re finished for the day. You’ll spend as much time in your home office as you will in the rest of the house, so it’s important not to treat it as a boring spare room. Be kind to your office and it’ll be kind to you!
- Consider a stand up desk or a chair with a gym ball. Recent research has shown that the more sedentary you are, the more likely it is that your life expectancy will be reduced – so think about having a standing desk, where you have to stand up to work, or a chair that’s half gym ball – it’ll force you to make constant shuffling movements to stabilise your body which will increase your core strength
- Another good idea is using an L-shaped desk, with the computer set up in the corner of the L, with a printer/copier at one end and organisational space at the other. Don’t waste those two work surfaces as they’ll come in super-handy!
- Get a comfortable chair. If you are going to sit down to get your work done, make sure you do it in comfort. It doesn’t even have to be stylish – just something comfortable, ergonomic and supportive, that’ll provide your spine with the support it needs for you to sit down all day. Don’t scrimp on it, either – your chair and your computer should be your biggest investments
- Use some colour, but make sure that it is conductive to a working environment. Bright and bold patterns are all well and good in a bedroom or leisure space but if you’re trying to work you can’t choose a headache-inducing ’60s geometric print. Green and blue are lovely choices but generally if you just choose something that you find restful and relaxing, you’ll do just fine
- Remember that you can never, ever have too much storage space. A cluttered office is a sign of a cluttered mind, as they say, so it’s important that you keep it fairly tidy. Full shelving units will do the job nicely but if you’re short on space, open shelving or even just a chest of drawers stashed under your desk.
As more and more of us spend at least a few days each week working from home, the home office space is becoming more important than ever before. Whether you have a dedicated home office space or your desk is set underneath your stairs or in your dining room, our top tips for a home office will help you make the most of your working space. Take a look at this link for painting and wall covering supplies to help you decorate your office.
- Choose mobile furniture. If you’re not sure about layout, or if you think your needs are going to change in the next few years, it makes sense to invest in mobile furniture rather than static furniture so that you can move everything around as and when you need to. For example, buy drawer units on wheels and choose a lightweight desk that you can move around fairly easily and that way, you can adapt your office as and when your needs change.
- It sounds obvious, but investing in “proper” office furniture rather than just regular furniture will be far more practical. Look for desks with in-built monitor stands, units for printers and computer hard drives and practical sets of drawers that double as a filing cabinet and you can easily store all of your office bits and bobs, plus, you can hide everything away if needed.
- Not got any space left in the house? Pop your office into the garden shed – with a tin of paint and a little imagination, you can convert a shed-sized space for very little money. Plus, at the end of the day, you can just shut away your office (bring your laptop back inside!) and switch off from work without being tempted to nip back outside to check an email or to print something off.
- Look for effective lighting. Your best option is to choose overhead lighting plus task lighting at your desk, but if space on the desk is limited, opt for a floor lamp instead – just tuck the base underneath the desk.
- Utilise every bit of space that you have. If you have an open-plan living room and don’t want your desk to become a focal point, tuck it underneath the stairs, installing custom-built shelving to make the most of the awkward space. You could then use a room divider or tall open shelving unit to divide up the space. If your home office is tucked away in a bedroom or in the dining room, choose compact furniture that you can close the door on once work is over, or a folding chair instead of a traditional office chair that can be tucked out of the way in a cupboard.
- Don’t forget to use colour! Just because the space is an office doesn’t mean that it has to be boring – make the most of bright, bold colours and patterns. Use a feature wall and introduce colour through accessories like desk organizers and cushions.
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Whether you work from home, want a little space to get on with your hobbies or just need somewhere to sit and pay the bills, having a dedicated home office definitely makes things easier. But where should you put the home office? Take a look at the tips below and at these links for building materials and office furniture to help you get the job done.
How Much Space Do I Need?
Around one in eight of us in the UK work from home full time – and if you’re working from home, you’re going to need more space than someone who uses an office for just a couple of hours a week. At the very least, you’ll need a desk, chair, storage space of some sort and a computer and the associated equipment. But this doesn’t have to take up much space – the image above shows that you can set up a fully fledged home office in the box room or by stealing a little space out of the corner of your living room.
Choosing Your Furniture
In a dedicated home office space you can afford to be a little bit louder with your choices, as you don’t have to worry about toning furniture in with the rest of your belongings. For a modern look, a desk with holes in the top that you can thread cables through will be a good choice, and a good storage idea is a mix of open shelving and cupboards instead of a big, chunky filing cabinet. Ensure that the desk is in the right position so that sunlight does not fall onto the computer screen and make sure that you can push your desk chair back at least 70cm without bashing into anything.
If you’re putting a home office into a room that has another use, such as a guest room or the living room, a shutaway computer desk is a good choice – once you’re done, you can just shut the doors and the computer disappears. You can also buy desks that have slots for folding chairs, so you can put the chair away too. You can also buy large open shelving units that have pull-down desks, which are an excellent choice if you’re not planning to keep your computer on the desk permanently as you can just slide away the desk when it’s not in use.
Where Could I Put the Office?
You can put the office in any unused spots – places that you might not have thought about. That cupboard under the stairs? Take it out and pop your office there instead. Or maybe you could put a compact office on the landing, if you have a little spare space. If you are putting the office into a space commonly used by other people, you’ll need to be really ruthless when it comes to clutter, so choose furniture that has plenty of storage and make it a habit to put everything away at the end of each day.