More and more people are telecommuting, as the benefits of remote work are being seen by companies and employees alike. The global pandemic has increased the work-from-home population and will probably continue for the near future. If your home is where your office is, you need to create an environment that will be productive, inspiring, and comfortable.
Whether you spend the full work week there or even just a few hours, your home office should be a comfortable and inviting place to spend time and to get your work done efficiently.
Create a Working Space You Enjoy
Working from home has its benefits, yet many distractions can come from all directions. Whether it’s the kids, spouse, neighbors, or delivery people, a more secluded workspace can help limit interruptions.
A home office should not only meet your specific needs, but also inspire your work and stoke productivity. Here are a few top tips on designing a home office that can provide these benefits.
1. Location, Location, Location
Home offices come in many different shapes and sizes. Your designated workspace can be a separate room, a quiet corner, or even in your kitchen. The key to selecting the right spot for your home office is to think about where and when you do your work.
If you are a busy mom, a kitchen desk area may be the ideal place for your central command post. If your job requires that you be on the phone, you’ll want to select a space that’s away from the daily distractions of your household. If your work requires concentration, a quiet and secluded area is critical.
2. Allow Enough Space
It’s common to underestimate how much space you need. Make sure you allow enough room to work comfortably. Will you be able to move around easily to complete tasks?
If you run a business or need more equipment to do your job, then your office should be large enough to house all the items required to do your job. Think about the size desk and chair you’ll need. Some occupations require two computer screens. However, if all you’ll ever need is a laptop, you can get away with less square footage.
Will you have clients or customers visit during the day? If you have room to have a small meeting area, that is ideal. If not, plan for some additional seating in your home office design to allow for sit-down meetings. This can be as simple as 1-2 comfortable chairs, which are easy to pull up to your desk.
3. Storage and Shelving
Storage is often overlooked when designing a home office and can affect your productivity. Make sure to include enough shelving, filing cabinets, or cupboards for your supplies and storage needs. The proper shelving and storage can assist with filing systems and workflow. It can also keep your manuals, catalogs, or reference books organized and readily available when you need them.
4. Natural Light and View
Good lighting is critical for any home office space. Choose a location with some natural light and a view if possible. Position your desk to face the windows or in a location where your computer screen will not be affected by the reflection. Translucent window shades or blinds can help reduce any glare without darkening your room. You can enhance natural light by including a mirror and by keeping most of your walls a light color.
An overhead ceiling light will provide good general lighting. A pair of open-top floor lamps placed in the corners of your room will do the same. A pleasant view to look at while you're working will give your eyes a rest and something to focus on when you look up from your work.
5. Accessorize and Personalize
One great aspect of working from home is that you can decide how you want your home office to look and feel. You can choose to match your home office with the design and style of your home.
Think about what inspires you. It could be a favorite piece of artwork, a collection of objects, or invigorating paint color. Include these personal touches when you plan your home office design. It will brighten up your day.
Need a Customized Workspace?
Get started on your home office design with Finnteriors. We can take your ideas and needs to create a space that works for you.
Whether you need to add a room or renovate an existing room in your home, we can take care of it. Finnteriors can make you more productive, comfortable, and organized in your home office.