Follow these easy steps to setup a home office that meets all your needs while working from home
Whether you’re a young entrepreneur with your own start-up or a seasoned consultant who needs to attend only the occasional meeting, planning a home office can be tricky. We narrowed down seven simple guidelines to follow for an interesting, efficient and inspiring work space right at home:
1. Designate a space
Choosing the right space is the key. Resist the temptation of simply grabbing your laptop and sitting at the dinner table or plopping on the sofa. This isn’t good for your focus nor convenient to arrange files, papers, notebooks, devices, and stationery. Pick an area that will accommodate these.
2. Let your work define the design
If you need to spread out swatches of fabric or large blueprints, folding tables or pull-out trays can be handy. If you require multiple screens and lots of wires, ensure they are concealed neatly. This will reduce visual clutter.
3. Desks or worktables
There are various options available to convert a simple table into a smart workstation. Invest in a table that will make you want to sit down and get to work. An ergonomic chair will be your best investment in the long run.
4. Smart storage
The desk or workstation should have plenty of drawers. Hooks and flat pockets on vertical surfaces can hold small objects and stationery. Shelving on the walls keeps the floor clear while multipurpose cabinets keep work items organised, easily accessible and dust free.
5. Light & ventilation
Never underestimate the role of fresh air and good light in staying productive. Some easy to maintain houseplants are a great way to keep the space fresh and cheerful.
6. Privacy & silence
If you’re seated near a window, choose blinds or double glazing to block surrounding commotion or invest in a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. Set house rules about maintaining privacy when you begin working.
7. Inspiration tools
Surround your home office with books, music, sketch pads and posters related to your passions to boost your imagination. Don’t keep these within easy reach or you will never get off that work station.