What’s the best home office setup to allow you to create the perfect home office? Many people ask ‘how can I work from home’? (Updated 2022)
The answer is always going to depend on what kind of home you have, whether you have any spare rooms, or what kind of work you need to do from your home. In recent years, we’ve seen a big change in our work from home habits, many of us forced to embrace it for long periods of time when we weren’t used to it.
Others of us who had worked from home for many years suddenly found ourselves sharing our precious creative spaces with partners, house mates and children. We had to become masters of juggling and our work from home areas had to function even harder than they’d done before.
If you want to create your first home office area, or update the space you already have, these following tips will help you decide the best layout and furniture you’ll need.
How to create the perfect home office:-
Let’s check out some beautiful examples of home offices for your work environment.
Use Small Spaces:
Many of us don’t have the room in our homes to create a separate home office or have a dedicated study. If, like me, you work from the dining room or maybe the playroom, of even your living room, it’s important to create a clever, functional workspace.
If you don’t have much space at all for a desk or writing table then you need to spend time planning on how to best use the space you do have. Check out this amazing study area built into an alcove – perhaps in a bedroom.
There are lots of ways you can make use of a small space and create plenty of storage too with specific or modular office furniture.
You really don’t have to have tonnes of space to create the perfect working office at home. But you do have think carefully about how to get the most from your space that suits your work life.
Essential items for a clever home office:
- Good lighting
- Desktop storage
- Decent seating
- An ordered filing system
Now if you’re creating your desk area in another room in your home, think about how it will blend in with the rest of the decor. Look at the colours and style of the room and really try to continue that theme into your office setup.
Make an Inspiring Home Office:
Image: Sonya Winner
We all want to work somewhere inspiring. Somewhere that fires our imagination and creativity.
For me that means adding in plants and a fabulous view. I want to be able to look outside and see nature.
I want to feel nature in my surroundings too – that helps me stay focused and motivates me to spend more time at my desk. Something my business thanks me for!
We all know how easy it is to get distracted when working at home – from the tv to chores, to playing with pets and so much more.
Creating a comfortable, inspiring space that we enjoy spending time in will help overall productivity.
Perfect Home Office Organisation:
I love the way this very small space has been converted into a highly organised desk area.
It has everything you need, fro your desk area, neatly free of clutter, to a shelving system that can hold important folders and paperwork so a notice board to keep the most important items at eye level.
There are so many functional desk options available now that you don’t need a huge amount of space to create your work from home area. Just a little creativity and imagination (plus some furniture rearranging) and you can make the most of a tiny corner for your new home office.
Seating for the Perfect Home Office:
Image: Cult Furniture
If your desk chair isn’t adjustable, it’s time to rethink your home office seating.
As someone who struggles with back issues I can’t stress strongly enough how important it is to have an adjustable desk chair, particularly if you’re working from home everyday.
The problem is, many adjustable desk chairs are just plain boring! So I went on the hunt for something beautiful and pretty, but practical too.
Many retailers now understand that we want our desk seating to be attractive as well as functional, so there are many designs and styles to choose from. Find one that suits you, and your home decor.
If you’re creating a desk area in an existing room – a dining room for example – tie in the style of your chair and desk with the rest of the interiors.
The Right Kind of Desk:
There’s been much said of standing desks in recent years. I have one in my own home office and it certainly helps to ensure I move more, prevents back ache and gives me flexibility in my posture. Not everyone wants or needs one though.
When choosing your desk think about whether you want multiple monitors, whether you need space for a printer and what kind of desk lighting you’re going to need.
You want to ease eye strain when working for long hours from home so make sure you choose the right kind of desk lamp.
Measure out the space you have to ensure your desk will fit and look at somewhere like Ikea if you want to create your own design with different legs and desktop.
Home Office Storage:
Image: Sonya Winner
If you are lucky enough to have a room dedicated to your office or workspace, then my biggest tip here is to keep it clutter free. Storage and more storage is definitely the way to go.
The more space we have the more we tend to spread out and use it! An organised storage system, and the commitment to it each day, means we can leave the office tidy and streamlined ready for the following day.
Arriving at your calm and clutter free desk first thing in the morning will be motivating and inspiring, whether you’re studying for online PMHNP programs, working on a report for your business, or writing a best-selling novel.
If your space is unusually shaped then invest in having bespoke shelving systems created by a joiner. You’ll be thankful of how they use the best of the available space.
Under Stairs Home Office:
The Garden Home Office:
If you would like more inspiration for your home office then do take a look at my Pinterest board for further ideas.
What do you think? Does your workspace need an overhaul or are you happy with your desk?
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