From Spare Room To Home Office: Designing The Perfect Workspace
For years now, many people have set up their own businesses at home.
From eCommerce to freelance endeavors, startup owners have enjoyed the flexibility that working from home can bring. And with a range of downloadable apps that can make running a business easy (ish) and virtual address facilities from services such as physicaladdress, it has been possible for home workers to compete with the bigger boys (and girls) in business.
So, if you are considering setting up an office space at home, be that for business or other purposes, here are some design tips that might be helpful for you.
Let There Be Light
When choosing where to place your home workspace, it is important to find a room where natural light is possible. A brighter room can boost your productivity, as natural light from outside can positively affect your mental state. However, if you can’t find a room where this is possible, you might want to consider a redesign of the space you have available. Having an extra window installed could be one option, as is having a skylight placed above you if your office is on the top floor of the house. Alternatively, consider affordable lighting options, perhaps with led upgrades, as you can still have some light in your office without having to break the bank with energy costs.
If you live out in the countryside, then you probably don’t need to consider this. However, if you live within a busy neighborhood, then you are going to face distraction from traffic and people noise. You might also face noisy distractions from the people sharing your home with you. But to work efficiently at home, peace, and quiet might be necessary for you, so soundproofing is a must. One way to do this is to seal any holes and cracks in your walls and windows using caulk, and another way to keep out sound is to layer acoustic panels around your room. The following article details other ways to soundproof your home office, so have a read for some useful tips.
Refresh the room
You will be spending a lot of time in your home office, so it does need to be aesthetically pleasing. It might be time to repaint the walls, especially if the current color scheme is drab and unappealing. Some paint colors can improve productivity, including blue, pastel yellow, and green, so consider these color schemes when you’re shopping for paint. Alternatively, choose the wallpaper that can match the colors mentioned in the linked article, or that suits your personal tastes. And hang up a few pictures too, pin-up inspirational quotes that can help you stay motivated throughout the day, and add any other features to improve your room’s overall appearance.
When buying a desk for your home office, choose something that contains storage options for your paperwork and stationery. Then find other ways to create storage in your room, perhaps with wall-mounted wire or wooden shelves for your books and files, and a paneled corkboard across one of your walls as a tidy way to manage your bills and other paperwork. A tidier office will lead to greater productivity, so consider our suggestions, and be creative with the space you have available.
With the right workspace and especially in Coronavirus situations, working from home will become easier for you. Think about what you might be able to do then and get in touch with us if you would like more advice on designing your home office.