A home office may seem like a bit of a luxury, but now that more and more people are working
from home, this room is becoming an important part of home life. A
dedicated space where you can be creative and focused, while blocking
out the domesticities is what anyone who works from home needs,
whether it’s on a full-time or part-time basis.
If you don’t have a
separate room to accommodate your home office, don’t worry. Compact
furniture and careful planning will help you incorporate a fully
functioning workspace into the smallest of rooms, the corner of a living room or even a little
nook under the stairs. Look into
these awesome storage tips and designing ideas to create the ideal
home office for you.
1. Functional and
comfortable furniture for your office
Furniture is a good place
to start when designing your home office. If you’re going to be sat
at a desk for hours at a time, it’s important to invest in an
designed chair that is fully
adjustable so that you can find a position that is comfortable for
you. Ideally, the top of your screen should be in line with your eyes
so you are not straining your neck by looking up, and your arms
should rest comfortably on the desk at a right angle so that your
shoulders aren’t raised awkwardly.
When looking for desks,
choose wisely. Can you incorporate storage and a desk into one unit?
Consider its overall function; it’s important to select a sturdy
desk that can contain all your work documents in one place. Many have
drawers at the sides, which are perfect for tidying away bits and
bobs and papers, while keeping them close to hand. But of course,
having drawers on either side does impact on the amount of legroom
you have under the desk so you may prefer a more open design.
2. Home office storage
Storage should be the top
priority in all home office designs. With so many papers, books and
supplies to store, be sure to accommodate it all with shelves,
drawers and cabinets. There’s nothing more distracting than piles
of paper, which is no good in an environment where you want to be
Home office organization
is key, especially with all the bills, mail and statements you
receive and keep throughout the year. The best way to store your
papers is by investing in a filing cabinet. Otherwise, you should be
able to make do with some storage boxes or files. Just remember to
keep everything neatly organized in ring-binders and label your
folders so no time is wasted by looking for things.
A rolling cabinet can help
with convenience, or splurge on a more permanent, lockable one if you
have a lot of sensitive documents. Again, be sure to label and color
code so that everything is easy to find.
With shelves and cabinets,
built-ins are your best options. Built-in
shelves are an elegant way to
store your book collection while drawers with tray organizers keep
track of staples like pens, pencils, highlighters, tape and
calculators. In addition, wall-mounted shelving is great because it
doesn’t take up any floor space, but will provide you with plenty
of extra surfaces.
3. Finding the right
space for a home office
If you don’t have a
dedicated room for your home office, think creatively about how to
re-jig your layout. Your study area could also be a guest bedroom and
library all in one if you are smart with your furniture. For example,
you could have a compact desk, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, plus a
sofa bed. When guests come to stay, all you have to do is unfold the
bed and you’ve just converted your home office into a bedroom.
Multifunctional rooms are
the way to go if you’re tight on space. Other options include
positioning a desk neatly in a little corner next to your living
room. Hang shelves above the desk for easy access to any books or
files you may need and you have a little 12-square footage area for
studying or office work. Similarly, if you have an open area beneath
your stairs, a desk will slot perfectly into this spot. Make sure
that you include good lighting, though, as there may not be windows
4. Good lighting for
your home office
The perfect lighting is a
major component for your home office. Adequate and sufficient
lighting is necessary for busy individuals who stare at their
computers all day and do paperwork and such. You don’t want to work
in a dim room or one that doesn’t have natural light flowing in.
If possible, try to
position your desk near a window. We all feel more inspired if we’re
able to see outside and it’s good for your eyesight to take regular
screen breaks, which you will naturally do if you sit next to a
window. Sitting side onto a window is ideal.
Task lighting is of utmost
importance - you don’t want to strain your eyes in a dark
environment, so you should ensure your space is well lit at all
times. A combination of a ceiling light and a desk lamp should be
sufficient. Many stores stock cool home office lamps in pastel shades for
as low as P299, so have some fun with this functional piece.
5. Color schemes and
home office décor ideas
What will work for one
person won’t necessarily work for another, but what you are aiming
for is a calm, organized, productive and inspiring environment. For
you, that might mean choosing peaceful colors, such as neutrals,
blues or greens, or you might find that bright pops of hot pink or
red fire up your imagination. Choose something that will inspire you
rather than distract you.
When looking for home
office decorating ideas, always think in terms of inspiration; your
work area should be functional but also reflective of the things that
motivate you. While home offices are conventionally formal spaces,
you can definitely branch out with your decor. Paint the room colors
that energize you or paint patterns or stripes on the wall for variation. Globes, maps and clocks are always go-to pieces, as
are table lamps and vases.
To give your work area a
personalized touch, bring in framed family photographs and travel
souvenirs you've picked up along the way. For those must-have
accessories, like pencil cups, paper trays and magazine holders, try
using bright, vibrant patterns to add a pop of color or even novelty
pieces that will make you smile every time you look at them. Bulletin
boards, chalk boards or whiteboards are also great home office ideas;
they're perfect for reminders and can also be used to hold pictures