Friday, October 23, 2015

Design Tips To Create Your Perfect Home Office ♥

Working from home might be your idea of Heaven, I know it absolutely is for me, after all, it could mean no more hurried commutes to and from the office and it may offer you the chance to achieve a better work-life balance - more time with my little one is enough of a reason for me alone. That said, if you’re to make the most of your experiences working from the comfort of your own home, you’ll need to ensure your personal office is up to scratch both in the functional and comfortable sense. When you set to work creating this space, it’s worth paying attention to the following design suggestions, these were things I thought about when I recently set up my own home office.

Set aside a designated space
While your living room sofa or the kitchen table may have a certain allure when you first start working from home, it’s important to go to the effort of creating a designated office rather than simply improvising from day to day. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room in your home, this could make the perfect self-contained workspace. Don’t worry if you’re lacking this luxury though. With a little careful planning, anything from the corner of a bedroom to the space under your stairs could make an effective office. The important thing is that this area offers peace and quiet when you need to concentrate - no more TV as a distraction from your work!

Ensure you have a comfy workstation
Arguably the most important element of your office will be your chair. Repurposing a basic dining room seat may seem like a quick fix, but your back and legs won’t thank you for it in the long run. Instead, if you're going to be spending long periods at your desk, look out for a well-padded computer chair that gives plenty of support to your lower back. If you’re not sure which design would best suit you, do some research online. The websites of specialist suppliers like Furniture At Work™ showcase a range of different options and provide all the practical details you’ll need to help make up your mind. I personally don't have a computer chair, I have an upcycled chair with a floral, heavily padded seat but I spend more time standing up taking photographs in my office than actually sitting at the desk so this works fine for me.

Take care when choosing your desk too. While style is important, you shouldn’t sacrifice practicality for beauty. Bear in mind that your work surface should be sturdy and also big enough to comfortably fit all the equipment and stationery you use. I currently have a computer desk with a pull out table underneath but I'd love to upgrade to a larger white desk with more storage built in one day.

Include plenty of storage
Unless you’re happy for your workstation to be buried under mounds of paperwork, press releases and everything else you need for work or you don’t mind spending your time searching for missing documents, it’s crucial that you include lots of storage in your office. If you’re short on square footage, consider space saving solutions like under-desk pedestals and full-height shelves or cabinets. I currently have a tall, thin shelving unit and some cubed shelving for storing everything and it's working out great so far.

Give it personality with a few finishing touches
Once you’ve nailed the basics of home office design, it’s time to add a few finishing touches to help bring the area to life and make it your own. Even simple things, like hanging family photos or your favourite prints on the wall can work wonders to inject some personality into the space, and you can add colour and vibrancy with the help of a couple of pot plants. I have candles, canvases, cushions and even fairy lights dotted around my office - I find the prettier and more calming it is, the more inspired I am to work. It needs to be a space I enjoy being in and so far it's ticking all the boxes. As you can see in the above picture, my office is pretty girly and that's just how I love it.

It can take a little time and some careful planning to get your personal office spot on to just how you want it, but your efforts will be rewarded as soon as you start using your new office and having your own little space to be creative, efficient and to get lots of work done in, really is such a lovely thing to have.

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