Have you recently made the shift to home office working and are hoping to design your dream office? Whether you’re looking to start from scratch or makeover a spare bedroom, we have some tips to get the most out of your new workspace. In this article, we cover 3 design features that can make your permanent work-from-home arrangement easier.
While not exactly a design feature, it’s important to make sure that you have a designated workspace when considering where to put your home office. While it may seem convenient to stick a desk in the corner of your living room, you are going to want to differentiate your home office from your living space as much as possible in order to reduce distractions.
Next, you need to consider the placement of your work setup in regard to outlets. If you’re designing a custom home from scratch, then you have more flexibility to install your outlets around where you would prefer your desk to be placed, rather than the other way around.
MSC Enterprises explains why the number of outlets and placement is important when deciding where to install your work setup:
“Make sure there are plenty of power outlets for you and the rest of the family if you have a hard time sitting in the same chair all day and frequently turn to the kitchen island or other place for a change of scenery. Determining where the desk will be might also assist in determining where outlets should be placed. Wires will be kept out of the way with in-floor outlets.”
There are several reasons why you’ll want to have access to ample daylight in your home office, including having a presentable setup for virtual meetings. However, it’s also important to make sure that you don’t receive too much direct sunlight on your computer screen to avoid glare.
Estes Builders tells us more on getting the daylight balance right:
“Ensure there is ample natural light infiltrating the space, to boost the mood and reduce your artificial lighting needs. As you’re planning the room with your architect, consider where you might want to place the desk, and ensure sunlight won’t be hitting the computer screen and creating glare.”
Last but not least, it’s important to surround yourself with things you love when setting up your home office. One of the plus sides of a home office is that you get complete control over how it looks and can add as many personal touches as you want.
House Beautiful explains why surrounding yourself with things you love can boost your morale:
“In addition to the essentials, make sure to incorporate elements that will make you happy and reduce stress. "You need to want to go into your new home office, so adding personal touches will help boost your morale," says Clement, who recommends a vase of flowers and a family photo.”
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