For many of us, working from home has become a permanent move. So, that cramped corner of the spare bedroom is no longer the ideal solution and time has come to create a brand-new space.
So, when creating a new home office from scratch, what should you consider? Are you looking for a balance between corporate practicality and homely comforts? Here’s a few things you might need to work into your home office plans.
Getting the basics right
Let’s be honest, you’re creating a whole new space that you’ll be spending a lot of time in, so it needs to be right. Firstly, it needs to be functional. So, make sure the space is actually big enough for you to work in. Secondly, it needs to be easy to maintain. You need to be able to work in a neat and clean room if you’re going to keep it professional. Unlike your office, there’s no cleaner or maintenance guy to look after things. Therefore, an easy to clean, low-maintenance space might be useful.
How will you furnish the space?
Lots of fabrics and textiles make a space nice and homely, but they also need washing and hoovering to remove dust and dirt. By keeping the floor and furniture practical and easy to wipe clean, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of hassle.
Hard flooring options are available for every budget, from the low cost of simple laminate flooring to the higher cost of laying karndean flooring. A glass-topped desk will be easy to clean and more durable than a veneered desk, although it may cost a little more. Try to avoid fashionable fabric chairs and go for leather or PVC swivel chair with lumber support.
Once the practicalities are dealt with, you can start to add a few personal touches. Items such as plants and family photos will create a more homely feel without cluttering the space up too much. Also think about adding items such as window blinds and desk lamps in a style that reflects your taste. If you’d like more accessories in your home office without adding clutter to your desk space, add some simple shelving or a bookcase.
Hopefully, these considerations will give you a good starting point for creating your new home office. What will be top of your home working to do list?