Working from home is fantastic but your office environment has to be fit for purpose. Home offices tend to be a bit haphazard – mis-matching furniture and recycled chairs or desks are common.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of bohemian shabby chic. But – and it’s a big one – a home office that’s been thrown together from left over and donated bits of furniture can be a depressing place to work in.
It can be hard enough to motivate yourself each day; you don’t want to make it even more difficult for yourself by creating a work space that you dislike. A home office that has not been thought through is also likely to be uncomfortable with irritating access problems.
How not to do it!
So before you just throw something together spend a few minutes thinking about what you like and what you find energising. It can be hard to know where to start so here are some useful questions:
- What proportion of desk space to storage space do you need?
- Can you save space by wall mounting PC’s, screens and cables?
- Do you need lots of wall space for visual lists and mood boards?
Don’t just hit IKEA. Be prepared to go to a few specialist office furniture shops because they will have a bigger range and are more likely to have some clever bits of kit to help you get more from your space.
They are also more likely to be able to provide expert advice and help you with your planning.
A bit of time invested in planning will pay for itself over and over again because you will be more productive and a lot happier.
Successful home offices
Don’t be too utilitarian (or tight). You should make sure your office is a place you think is attractive and want to spend time in.
- Do you like dark, book lined spaces or do you like clean uncluttered lines?
- Do muted colours sooth you during a stressful day or do dashes of vibrant colour keep your mind ticking over?
- Are there posters or pictures you love and have you considered wall stickers? Refresh or rotate them to keep it interesting.
How about an office bar or a beach inspired office?!