Creating a home office that will perfectly fit in your home and provide you with an appropriate place for work isn’t as easy as it seems.
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For you to really achieve the atmosphere that calls to work and makes you productive, you need to take care of a few little things first.
The key is to create a functional corner that will inspire and motivate you to work and create and reach your full potential. Here’s how you can do it.
Find the Perfect Place
Statistics show that three million employed Americans have never worked in a real office ever in their life and 3.5 million Australians regularly do some work from home! Most of these people work either from their living rooms or bedrooms, or from a specially designated room in their home that serves as their office space.
If you’re planning to build a home that will contain your perfect home office, don’t be embarrassed to seek professional help. For instance, when I was designing my own workspace from which I could write my blog and do research, I immediately contacted a reliable architect from Melbourne who gave me the perfect advice where my new workspace should be.
Professionals just know exactly which room has the best location, lighting and noise insulation in any given home. You can ask for professional help if you want to remodel one existing room into your home office as well.
If you’re really short on space, your office can be integrated into your living room or bedroom, but you really need to be clever about it. You don’t want to disturb the design and dynamics of your living space too much, but still need to make your workspace functional.
Let there be light
Every space where people work needs to be well lit, and so does your home office. Bad lighting isn’t just harmful to your eyes; it can also destroy your concentration and bring your work motivation to zero.
Appropriate lighting is really important if you want to get some quality work done. Of course, it’s best if your office gets as much natural light as possible.
Consider placing your desk near the window and make sure nothing is blocking the sun coming in. And if you have a nice view from the window, you’re in luck. Your inspiration and motivation will flourish.
Probably the most important element of every office is the furniture that surrounds you. Your work table needs to be of an appropriate size to hold all your appliances and office supplies.
If you need to get up every five minutes to get something from the other room, you’ll never get the job done. Pay special attention to your chair. It needs to be comfortable and ergonomic because you’ll be spending quite a bit of time on it.
Storage that will serve you
When it comes to your storage, the possibilities are practically endless. However, they usually depend on the size of your workspace.
If you have a smaller space, it’s best to go vertical- choose shelves or cabinets that are practical and spacious, and look good as wall decoration. Additionally, make sure your work desk has some built-in drawers that are always handy.
Accessories for inspiration
Even though your home office needs to be professional and work-oriented, there’s a possibility your inspiration and motivation will soon leave you if you’re surrounded by boring, gray space. That’s why you should pay attention to decoration, too.
Now, this is a chance to be creative and even try some DIY projects. For instance, you can put up a few photographs that inspire you, hang some motivational quotes and posters, frame your kid’s artwork, or decorate your binders and notebooks.