How to design your own space to work from home
Working from home policies have been implemented by businesses all over the UK, so getting your home office design right is so important if you need a productive space to work in your home.
Working from home was once regarded as a luxury or a ‘perk’ but now as more of us are working flexibly or from home. How do you create a space that ensures you have a positive and productive atmosphere? Here are some helpful tips and questions you need to ask yourself:
Choose a location that suits you
One of the most important things to think about when designing a home office is where your office is going to be located. Think about your working style and the type of work you do, as well as who you live with. If your job requires privacy and quiet, a room located away from the hustle and bustle of your home may be best for you such as a garden office or a garage conversion.
If you have to keep an eye on small children, you may need your workspace to be downstairs in your home near the kitchen or living area. On the other hand, if you don’t have children to look after and prefer to roll out of bed straight into the office, maybe consider having your home office located in the comfort of your bedroom.
What do you need in your home office?
When creating your home office, you need to ask yourself what is needed in your work area.
-How much desk space do you need?
-Do you need storage?
-Is it important to have peace and quiet?
-How much of your time do you spend on the phone, and whilst on the phone, do you also use other equipment?
-Do you need access to files? If so, what type of storage would work best for you?
Asking yourself these questions before designing your home office will help when considering where your office should be, how much space you need and what storage options you should take a look at.
One of the most distracting aspects to a home office area is clutter. You will want to make sure that your space is as tidy as possible with all important information easily accessible. Choosing home office storage such as shelving and accessories that are functional yet stylish will help encourage you to keep everything where it should be.
Ensuring there is room for office accessories such as scanners, printers and shredders is important so there is no space for clutter. Think about whether you want these on show and easy to reach or neatly packed away. When considering storage units and shelves, ensure you allow room for displaying items that are not work related to help create a space that is personalised to you. Make your home office a place you want to work in, not a place you have to work in.
Get the lighting right
Lighting in your home office does a lot more than simply illuminating the space. When done properly, office lighting can help keep you alert and awake, reduce eyestrain, boost productivity and help inspire you.
When planning the lighting of your office, remember to allow natural light in the room. Position your desk close to a window to benefit from as much daylight as possible, but if you are working with computer screens, think about angles of natural light to avoid glare. Having natural light in office spaces helps to improve satisfaction and productivity, so it’s a good idea to try and use the natural light you have in your room as much as possible.