I think that creating a functional home office is the last thing on your to-do list when you’re designing your home. You probably think that you won’t use it enough, or that you can perfectly work from your living room table, but I am here to tell you that you won’t!
I’m saying this out of experience because I work from home for quite a while now and I did not manage to do it properly until I decided to turn one of my spare rooms into an office. Why, you might ask? Well, first of all, there are way too many distractions in a house for you to do your job properly. I was most of the times interrupted by my kids, or I got distracted by something like a tv, or radio and I wasn’t giving 100% towards my job. That’s when I decided that it’s time to change things.
Now, don’t worry! I am here to help you and I am doing that by letting you know what helped me achieve the perfect home office so that you can easily do it yourself. It wasn’t expensive at all and it took less time than I thought. Ready! Then read on!
Find the perfect dedicated space
Find a room where you can set up your home office. It does not need to be a huge room, but a home office has to be a space that you can customize to be perfectly suited to your way of working. From how you plan work, to simple things like being able to listen to music or podcasts without disturbing anyone.
A good organization is the key to success
Your office should contain everything you need to do your job properly. Keeping your office stationery organised can help you to work efficiently and focus on the task at hand and let’s face it, clutter can be quite distracting. So what you need to do first, is de-clutter your room and keep only office essentials.
Add plenty of lighting
Now, this one was quite new to me. I just thought that a simple light bulb would do the trick, but when you’re working late at night, your eyes will hurt. So, I did my research and I found out that there are 3 types of lighting :
- Ambient: Lighting that’s used to fill most of the room, usually from overhead
- Accent: A light fixture used to highlight a specific feature like a bookcase, fireplace or piece of art
- Task: Light fixtures for a specific purpose like a desk lamp
For best results, try to include at least one example of each of these types of lighting in your home office. And feel free to add more, if needed. In this case, it’s better to err on the side of too many light sources than not enough.
It’s the small details that count
Last but not least, your office needs a healthy dose of personality. Do your best to make the space feel like your own by infusing it with plenty of personal touches. With any luck, this effort will help make your time spent in the office that much more enjoyable.
Don’t be afraid to add a sense of comfort into the room through textiles like rugs, throw pillows and blankets. Adorn the walls with plenty of art and feel free to indulge in a few décor items. These little aesthetic pieces are perfect additions to built-ins and shelving.
These are some tips that helped me create my own little space at home. You know what they say, a well thought out and tailored home office can be the perfect starting point for ongoing and continued success.