Designing a home office

Setting up an at-home workstation is considered a brilliant way to increase productivity by making use of available space and giving you a room to focus on your work. If you want to make the most of space available when designing your home office, follow these tips:

Setting up your home office

According to Entrepreneur magazine, there are several things you need to keep in mind. They have identified these questions to ask yourself before you begin:

  • What will you be doing in the space?
  • What type of work needs to be done?
  • Will external clients be visiting the space?
  • Will colleagues visit for collaborative work?
  • What type of materials will be referenced and/or stored?
  • What type of equipment is required?
  • When will I be doing the bulk of my work?

Once these questions have been answered, you will be ready to develop a programme designing a home office.

Style the walls

A favoured décor motif for designing a home office is the wall map — a large format wallpaper application which adds an old world charm to a modern study space. If brown is not your thing, however, you can customise any type of wall art to suit the style of the room (or vice versa). Alternatively, you can paint the wall a colour your love — one that will inspire you to work rather than distracting you from it.  Remember that colours affect your mood, so you’ll need to be careful which you select.

Electronics

Every home office is going to need telephones, internet access, and electronic equipment, which means that there are going to be wires all over the place. The best way to begin your office design is by deciding which equipment is needed, then decide where you will be positioning them. Once this is done, you will be able to work your design around the wiring necessities. Loose wires not pose a safety issue in the home office (tripping yourself and your network system) but also make the space look cluttered, disorganised and hazardous. You’ll be needing to walk around the space quite a lot, so ensure that wires are tucked neatly out of the way.

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Furniture

Furniture is a vital component of the office. First things first, find a desk that meets your requirements in terms of space available as well as space needed for papers, files, trays, stationary and the like. Further to this — an extremely important to keep in mind — is to invest in a good, sturdy, comfortable chair. There is nothing worse than the backache of productivity — you don’t know you’re getting it until you stand up.

If you are going to be spending a lot of time at your desk, a back-support chair is vital. When it comes to positioning the furniture, try to do it so that you give yourself a view. Studies show that people who work in a lighter atmosphere with access to a view are far more productive. Lastly, you’ll need shelves or storage cabinets because files and papers can translate to clutter very quickly.

Add personality

You’re the only one who uses the room, so why not make it just for you? Do you have any eccentric personal tastes or décor ideas that no one else in the house would like? Your home office is your opportunity to add it all.

Sources: Entrepreneur, HGTV and Home Office About

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