Tips for creating a professional and practical home office
Whether you work primarily from home or you simply use your study for the occasional bit of admin work, having a comfortable and practical office space from which to work is a must.
A well-organised, professional space will help boost your productivity and also your sense of professionalism – and better work results will likely follow.
Layout is key
You want to maximise efficiency and comfort in your home office, so organise your space so that your daily essentials are in reach.
Key items such as your phone, computer, diary, a desk lamp and any folders or documents you use on a daily basis should be no more than an arm’s length away.
Not only will this help you comfortably go about your daily business, but it can help prevent you from having to unearth and tidy away the same items again and again.
Another good idea is to arrange your desk so that you’re looking out towards your study, rather than being pressed up against a wall – unless the latter features a window.
This will give a sense of additional space, as well as a notion of ownership over the room.
Stay organised with storage options
Chances are your study is a relatively compact space.
Fortunately, today’s entrepreneurs and work-from-home employees have plenty of options when it comes to storage solutions.
Bookshelves are a popular option, and can be filled with appealing and functional storage boxes and baskets for a mix of the business-like and the homely.
Traditional filing cabinets are handy for keeping paperwork in order, while floating shelves and upright document organisers can make extra use of otherwise wasted space.
Match form and function
While you want your home office to have aesthetic appeal, it’s important to remember that you’ll likely spend hours at a time at your desk.
For this reason, it’s essential to invest in office furniture that combines both form and function.
The most important elements to get right are your desk and your desk chair. If these are at the wrong height or are uncomfortable, you can easily find yourself subject to discomfort or ongoing issues such as RSI.
Your chair should be adjustable, with lumbar support, while your desk should be at an appropriate height for typing or writing.
Ideally your desk will be large enough that you can set up your computer or laptop so that it sits directly in front of you, avoiding the need to twist and turn to work.
Invest in quality window coverings
Choosing high quality modern blinds not only caps off the visual appeal of a room, but provides practical benefits as well.
Contemporary blinds offer privacy and seclusion from outside distractions. They also play a key role in preventing glare on computer monitors and whiteboards.
Ready to start redecorating?
By making the most of your room’s layout, investing in quality storage options and furniture, and minimising glare with good quality modern blinds, you’ll be in business!
Start taking stock of your home office and see if you can change things around to attain the perfect blend of form and function.