Home Office Possibilities
Working from home comes with many advantages, like flexibility with your schedule, saving time and money on the daily commute, and the ability to work from wherever you’d like in your own home. Creating a home office where you will enjoy spending most of your time will help promote efficiency in your non-traditional work environment.
In order to create this space, you will need to define a specific area that separates your work from your personal life. The location, lighting, and amount of clutter will all be important factors for this space. This will be an area you spend a lot of time in, so you deserve more than just a metal desk and an extra chair shoved into the corner.
Choose Your Furniture Wisely
Before investing in your furniture, consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips. It should not be a hassle for you to find what you need while working. Your desk and shelves should serve you and set you up for success. This is why you should look for pieces that function and are beautiful.
Working from home gives you so much freedom to escape a “bland cubicle.” Create a workspace that compliments you. Take a look at the rest of your home, is it modern and sleek or is it more rustic? Continue the aesthetic of your home into your home office to help create a space you are comfortable and happy in.
A key piece of furniture you will need to decide on first is your desk. This piece will be the center of your office and will be where you spend most of your time. Do you prefer sitting at all times, or do you like the option of standing and moving around? Investing in a sit-to-stand desk is a great option to keep you from sitting all day. In addition to health benefits, alternating between sitting and standing can improve mood and productivity.
And finally, who said your desk has to be boring? You can find tons of stylish desks that fit your work needs. A wood desk can offer a more traditional warm aesthetic. Want a more clean or modern look? Try a glass-top desk or clean metal desk. Play around with colors and styles and find that perfect desk to complete your office.
The chair is one of the most important part of your room since you will be sitting in it all day (unless you choose a standing desk). Finding the perfect chair should be at the top of your shopping list. An ergonomic chair supports healthy body mechanics. Your chair should have an adjustable seat height and proper lumbar support. These are important options you must think about before you swipe that credit card. Remember how much time you will be spending in it so make sure it’s something you are genuinely comfortable sitting in.
Find Some Storage Space
Storage space is becoming a diminishing need as people are going paperless more and more. Finding unique ways to create storage space will give the office a finished and grounded feel. If your job does not require a lot of paper storage your bookcase could be the perfect place to add decorations and accessorizes with plants, globes, pictures and so much more. Just because it’s a bookcase doesn’t mean you have to actually put books in it; think outside the box! If you do require paper storage filing cabinets can easily be incorporated in a stylish and aesthetically pleasing way.
Locate That Perfect Spot
You are going to be spending many, many hours in your home office so don’t settle on a windowless closet just so you can preserve that extra bedroom. Choose a space that you are going to be happy in and that has room for everything you need. We also suggest a space that has some windows (who doesn’t love natural lighting?). Finding this space can be tricky because you will need a space where you have privacy and not many distractions.
The traffic flow is another factor you will need to take into consideration. Do you work okay in an area that is high traffic? Or would you be better off tucked away in a quiet area? Figure out which environment you work best in and then choose your location from there.
There is a lot of planning and thought that can go into creating the most productive, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing workspace. It can be tricky when it comes to figuring out those key elements for the perfect home office, so feel free to reach out to the design team at Phelan’s Interiors to help guide you through the process.
Letting your personality shine through can help create a fun atmosphere for your home office. An easy way to do this is with decor. For example, you can hang up some graduation regalia or framed photos featuring your friends and family. If you want to get really creative, start playing with different colors and textures.
To do this, throw out that boring office beige color you are used to and add in some color that will get your work brain into motion. If your job requires high energy and creative thinking, opt for a pop of bright color. If you have more heads-down, focus driven tasks, a calmer hue like green or blue may be the best choice.
The finishing touches really solidify the design intent and provide the personal style that makes the office truly yours.