What to consider when designing your home office

Being able to work from home is becoming more and more possible these days due to companies being more relaxed with working hours/locations and technology meaning we can work almost anywhere. If you are one of these lucky people able to make the work form home dream a reality, we have got a few tips below to help you design your dream home office.

Think practicality
The first thing to take into consideration is to make sure you have enough room to work. There is nothing worse than feeling cramped up in a box room while trying to do your work. Depending on the type of wrk you do, it might be that all you need is a computer/laptop, a work station like a desk and a chair that wont leave you hunched over. If you can, opt for a location where there is plenty of natural light as this we make you feel more alert and has been proven to increase productivity.  Don’t forget the more practical features your office will need such as plug sockets, and always opt for more sockets than you think you’ll need if this is a possibility.

Keep it calm
You maybe one of these people who love bright colours and statement pieces of art on the walls but this isn’t always a great idea when it comes to designing your workspace. Bright colours can actually make you less productive and be more of a distraction. This does also depend on the type of work you do. If you are doing something creative then perhaps having inspiration around you might help, but take this into consideration when you’re thinking about paint colours.

The little things
Ideally, you want to make sure your desk is the right height for you so you aren’t straining to reach it or having to lean down too much, in the long run this will have bad effects on your posture. There are so many different types of desks available these days from places like Lionshome who have a huge range to choose from. The approximate height should be around 70cm, depending on your height. You should also make sure your computer screen isn’t facing a window. This will create glare on the screen that could give you headaches and eye problems. Ideally you want to be facing a window so your screen is facing the opposite direction. If this isn’t possible, you might want to think about getting a blind of some sort to block out any glare.

Consider timber flooring rather than carpet if you want an office chair on castors. To define the space in an open-plan room, choose different flooring or wallpaper behind any shelving in the desk area.

Keep your ideas at hand
Especially important if you are working in a creative capacity, you should try to keep all your ideas close to hand, either on pin boards, a whiteboard or even have a notebook next to you to jot down any thoughts that pop into your mind. Even something as simple as having post-it notes to hand to help you keep on top of any inspiration you have throughout the day.