So, you’re lucky enough to work from home, but do you have the right environment to work in? Here are our top tips on how to create your own home office.
Working from home is becoming more and more popular and currently over 1.5million people in the UK are enjoying the benefits of flexible working. Advances in technology mean mobile working is easier and more efficient than ever before and this is only set to increase. There are so many benefits to working from home, but it’s easy to forget that it can be distracting and difficult to be productive in your home environment.
Finding a space
The first step to creating your own home office is to find a suitable space or room. Ideally you should have a separate room for your office so you can really switch off from distractions and clearly define your work space and living space.
When you work full time from home, it’s worth investing in your office space, even if it means sacrificing part of your house to gain a dedicated area.
If you have a guest room, consider turning this into an office and adding a sofa bed, so you have a place to sit comfortably but it can easily be turned back into a bedroom should you need it.
For a more permanent solution, think about installing a garden office. Today’s garden studios are light, bright and modern extensions of your home. As they can be fully equipped with power, lights and heating – not to mention phone lines and internet connection – you will never have to leave. Just add a kettle and you’re set for the day!
An office fit for Pinterest
Now for the fun stuff – planning the décor – check out Pinterest for office ideas and inspiration whatever your style. You might be chained to your desk at times so aim for a light and airy feel, ideally with natural light. The décor should suit your style but also be calming and inspiring – making it an area you can comfortably bury your head in emails.
Don’t forget to add some personality; art on the walls, soft furnishings and bright colours will instantly make the space feel warmer. Another top tip is to add some greenery. Not only does it look good and make the room feel more alive, but plants have been shown to reduce stress and purify the air.
Let’s get down to business
Putting aside the décor, it’s important to remember your office is a place of business – some of the more practical items you should think about include:
- Storage – The more organised you can be the less clutter you’ll accumulate. Out of control paperwork can quickly throw your office into chaos.
- Ergonomics – you wouldn’t settle for a sub-standard set up in a real office so don’t at home. Invest in a good chair and check your computer and desk are the right height.
- Technology – make sure your tech is up to speed, literally! Fast and reliable internet is a must for a home office, alongside a decent printer.
It might take some time and effort to create the right home office, but it will be worth it in the end!
Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored. Content provided by Green Studios.