Today, I am one of the growing number of people opting to work from home. Thanks to advancements in technology, more and more of us are choosing to work from the comfort of our own homes. Instead of in a commercial office environment. For some of us, this means working for someone else, while for others of us, this means freelancing or running our own businesses. There are so many different options for working from home. That’s the great thing about being able to work from home; you have so much choice over what you do.
If you work from home, the most important thing is that you separate your work and home life. If you fail to do this not only will you struggle to concentrate and lose motivation, but you may also end up becoming overworked and overstressed. It can be hard knowing how to separate your work and home life when you work from home. It’s far too easy to let one part of your life blur into the other, especially when work gets busy.
One of the best ways to ensure that you keep your work and home life separate from each other is by creating a home office. This should be a space that’s separate to the rest of your home, ideally a spare room or outhouse. That way you have an area that’s dedicated to your work but separate to the rest of your home. This means at the end of your work day; you can shut the door on your work and focus on your family.
The question is, how do you go about creating an incredible home office? There’s a lot that needs to be thought about when it comes to designing your home office, which is where I come in. To help you create the perfect workspace, I’ve put together this handy guide packed full of design tips and ideas.
Pick the perfect space
The first thing that you need to do is choose the perfect space for your home office. If you have a spare bedroom, this is the perfect place for transforming into a home office. However, we’re not all blessed with a conveniently unused space in our homes, and so, we have to get creative. While the best place for an office is in a spare room, if you don’t have one, you don’t have one.
How about converting your attic into an office space or what about transforming your basement? If you have a large enough garden, why not stick an outhouse in there to use as a home office? As a last resort, placing a large wardrobe in the corner of a room and using the inside of it as a desk can work as a ‘pop up’ home office. At least, at the end of the day, you’ll still be able to shut the door on your work!
Think about the type of look you want to create
Once you’ve sorted your office space, the next step is to decide what type of look you would like to create. This is important as you’ll be spending a lot of time in your home office, so it’s crucial that you get the look and feel of it right. Don’t make the mistake of skimping when it comes to designing a beautiful space, as else you won’t feel comfortable working in there.
To get a little home office inspiration, have a browse online for ideas. There are so many inspirational DIY sites that you can look at to get ideas for your home office, regardless of the shape or size of it. Pinterest always tends to have some fantastic ideas on it, so it’s definitely worth having a browse on there.
Make it a professional space
It might be a home office, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a professional space. It doesn’t need to resemble a commercial office space because that’s not what it is, but your home office should still be smart. This is especially important if you have clients coming to your home, or you take part in Skype business meetings. Your best bet for giving your office a professional vibe is to keep the walls and main pieces of furniture neutral.
It’s also crucial to ensure that you have all the facilities that a commercial office would have. Such as, a phone line, laptop, printer and so on. If you’re going to be having clients coming to your office, it’s also a good idea to invest in a coffee machine for the space. When you’re having a meeting, it’s polite to offer your client or business connection a coffee. So investing in an espresso machine is a good call. To find out all about the best coffee machines, check out Espresso Gusto’s latest reviews and have a browse. Ideally, you want to buy a machine that’s easy to use and makes a minimal amount of mess.
Don’t forget to add a few home comforts
As well as being a workspace, your home office also needs to be somewhere that’s comfortable. To create an office space that’s comfortable, as well as professional, it’s important to be choosy about your furniture. Make sure that your computer chair is comfortable and supportive, and that any chairs for guests are also comfortable.
To add extra comfort, think about popping a few pillows on the chairs in your office. As well as folding up a couple of blankets popping them under chairs and tables. That way, should your office get a little cold, you’ve got everything that you need to keep warm and cozy.
There you have it, everything that you need to know about creating the perfect home office. If you’re going to work from home, it’s crucial that you learn how to keep your work, and home lives separate from each other. The best way to do this is by creating a home office that you can use for work and then shut the door on at the end of the day.