Designing a Home Office

Many people prefer working from home to avoid from the daily hassles of traffic, dressing up for co-workers and the boss, and have quieter and more productive work time. The difficulty is maintaining the same level of efficiency at home as when you’re working in a more formal environment.

Whether you use it daily to teleconference with people across the globe or simply pay the bills once a month, your home office needs to be efficient, functional and beautiful. A well designed home office allows you to be more productive, professional and definitely more organized.

Factors to consider when designing a home office

Furniture

To prevent backaches, it is a good idea to buy furniture that enhances the comfy feeling of your home office. You spend a considerable amount of time in your office; an ergonomically-correct, comfortable, and beautiful chair and desk are worth every penny. Additionally, you should have comfortable chairs for any clients or visitors to your home office.

Technology

There is not much you can do to beautify the printer, phone and computer, but you can conceal unsightly cords. Make sure your electronic equipment is close to power outlets and easy to access if you need to unplug. Consider wireless technology for your laptop or computer when designing a home office. A desk with a jungle of wires and cords hanging off it and spilling into a mess on the floor is unpleasant and unattractive.

Lighting

High quality lighting is also essential in your home office. Make sure it has plenty of light to cut down on headaches and eye strain. Position the computer monitor so there is no glare coming from the overhead light or window. A small lamp for task lighting is also handy.

Color and design

The color must be chosen wisely to brighten the working environment and to get your working motor humming. The design depends on the area of the house that will be converted into the office. A home office design should compliment the comfort and design of the rest of your home.

Organization

Home offices have to be well organized and planned. The filing system should be created in such a way that it is easy to locate a document or file. If the office is small and cannot accommodate a book shelf, some books and files can be kept in a different room. If the office has enough empty wall space, a few shelves can be mounted on the wall. Even better, a row of four or five shelves can be mounted on one side of the wall for storing important files and documents.

Location

The location of the office is a key factor. All areas of the house need to be properly accessed to determine a convenient space to set up the office. You need to choose a suitable area and plan interior design accordingly. In small houses, places like the bedroom or kitchen can be converted into a home office. In big houses, some rooms like the attic or basement can be converted into an office. The main principle you should use when selecting a suitable place for your home office is silence. The area should be free from disturbance by any ongoing events in the house. If the office is set up on one side of the living room, the area has to be secluded and quiet.

The work area

The space to be converted into the office should be comfortable, quiet and offering a relaxed atmosphere. The vibe and tone should complement the user. Irrespective of the interior design scheme you select, you need to allocate adequate room for accommodation and movement of all the necessary furniture and equipment.

The necessary requirements

No two home offices are alike. The interior design of your office should always reflect what you do. Obviously you’ll need to include items that you need to make your office functional. This could include filing cabinets, corkboards, or dry-erase boards.

Scenery

Most home offices are small and many don’t even have a window. If the office is set up in the living room, moving it near a window might be better. Make your home office inviting for you to come to work by bringing in some house plants, and hanging a few pieces of artwork or prints. This gives the office a more appealing look.

Working environment

Ensure the air conditioning is correctly set up by a professional to cover the space. There should also be enough air circulation through windows, which could be decorated with drapes and blinds or curtains. Studies show that a comfortable work environment can dramatically improve productivity.

Equipment

Choosing the right type of equipment is an important factor that should not be overlooked. Investing in office equipment and a reliable internet service provider is obligatory. The office should have a computer, phone, printer, and sometimes a copy machine.  A fax machine is optional these days.

Conclusion

Home offices are become more common, with more and more individuals preferring to work from home. Whichever part of the house you choose to set up the office, the environment has to be conducive to working. The ambiance and design in the office should mirror that of a normal office to distinguish it from other parts of the house.