As more and more of us are working from home, the idea of having a dedicated home office space is becoming increasingly popular. But how do you create the ideal space to work in? It’s a fine balance between practical and comfortable, so how do you get it right?
Here’s some helpful tips to create that perfect home office.
The ideal location
The first thing to think about is where to put your office space. If you’ve got a spare room or garden room, then this is ideal. But if not, you may have to find a quiet corner to set your office up. Wherever you decide to work, it’ll need to be quiet with plenty of natural light. Try to avoid any of your home’s busy spots, and places where family members are likely to be walking past frequently.
Setting up a permanent space for working may require a few changes to make it more practical. You may decide that a more hard-wearing floor needs to be installed. Choose the best laminate flooring your budget allows, so it’s durable enough for daily use.
Good desk space
When setting up a home office, it can be tempting to go for a compact desk but if you’re working in a cramped space it’s going to be uncomfortable. Make sure your desk has enough space for everything you need and plenty of legroom underneath. If space is an issue, think about installing a pull-down desk that you can fold back against the wall at the end of each working day.
The right chair
You may have your desk sorted, but the right chair is also very important. Make sure you’ve got a chair that is adjustable for your height and has a good back support. Don’t just make do with one of the dining room chairs, invest in something that will help protect your spine as you work.
How to keep organized is another practical consideration for your home office. You could have drawers underneath the desk, but these can restrict your legroom. Shelves above the desk could be a better solution. Remember, it doesn’t have to be grey and boring. Keep files and notes stored in pretty, coordinating storage boxes. Use decorative stationary to add a touch of colour and style to your home office.
And finally, add some inspirational art to the walls so you’re not staring at a blank wall while you work. Think about bringing a bit of nature into the space with some nice houseplants.