At Desser, we understand how difficult it can be to strike the work-home life balance. Many people can be away from their home for as much as 12 hours a day, leaving very little time to spend with loved ones. That’s why an increasing number of people are now choosing to work from their house. This gives them the opportunity to work their own hours and not feel restricted by the busy office environment.
However, working from home can pose its own problems too. It’s so important to create your own office space which feels detached from the rest of the house. Even if you are working from home, you still need to feel like you’re ‘going’ to the office. Otherwise, you might feel distracted and less likely to be productive.
Creating your own office space doesn’t have to be difficult, but it can be incredibly rewarding. One of the benefits of setting up your own desk from home is that you can make it unique to you. It doesn’t matter whether you have a whole room to make your own or a little corner with a desk. Take this opportunity to create a beautiful, practical working area just for you. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time there.
Here are our 15 tips and tricks to create the perfect home office.
15. Get organised
Many of us don’t have the luxury of an extra room purely for the purpose of an office. If you have children, for instance, you’ll know that nearly all of your rooms feel like they’re taken over by toys and musical instruments.
So, what should you do to create yourself an office space?
Even the smallest nooks can become wonderful places to work; if you know what you’re doing.
Small spaces can maximise their potential with lots of clever storage solutions. Shelves filled with organisers can help you to store your paperwork in a tidy and accessible way. They’ll also keep your documents away from prying hands.
14. Stack your books vertically
There’s nothing that makes a home look more warm and comfortable than plenty of books. Anyone with an extension collection will know, however, that books often take up a lot of room. This can be a big problem if you have a small office space. To combat this problem, consider stacking your books vertically.
This way you’ll be able to store more books and achieve a fun, quirky look. The same logic can also be applied to folders, magazines, and catalogues.
13. Block your office off from the house
One of the biggest challenges facing people with a little nook for an office is trying to make it feel separate from the rest of the home. It can easily become a communal space and doesn’t appear like a working area just for you.
If this sounds like your home office, then you might want to consider creating a physical barrier to close off your desk. Something as simple as a curtain or room divider can help to make you separated from everything going on around you. Here is a good example:
12. Go Green
It’s easy for any office space to look boring and lifeless. Desks become crowded and shelves look disorganised. If you want to inject some energy back into your office space, then invest in some gorgeous plants.
It really is remarkable the difference that flowers and plants can make on a room. They instantly lift an office and give everything a much cheerier exterior.
It’s always a good tip to choose low maintenance plants. Although a ficus is very attractive, for example, they are very extremely plants; requiring optimum temperatures and access to sunlight. Alternatively, you could pick something like a spider plan or a cactus. They won’t demand much of your time but will look fantastic.
10. Hang pretty pictures
This might some frivolous, but it’s important create an office space that you actually
want to spend time in. One of the ways to achieve this is by hanging lots of photos and prints that make you happy. Whether that’s photos of your family, or your favourite painting, then all of these efforts can help to create a space unique to you.
You don’t need to go all artsy, either. Have some fun and don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Anything which makes working more enjoyable is always a winner.
10. Invest in a comfortable chair
Believe it or not, one of the most important pieces of furniture you’ll ever own is a comfortable office chair. Think about it this way: you could potentially spend up to 8 hours a day in the same space. If you don’t have an ergonomically designed chair, then you run the risk of hurting your back and ruining your posture.
There are plenty of different designs on the market which will help you combat this problem. At Desser, we stock a wide range of rattan and wicker chairs which, although attractive, certainly wouldn’t be up to the job. Instead, it pays to do your research and find a solution which suits you.
If you can’t afford an expensive new computer chair, then you can always make amendments to the one you already have. It’s possible to purchase back supports and memory foam cushions to make everything more comfortable.
9. Use lots of natural light
If space isn’t an issue, then you should choose an office space which is flooded with natural, bright light. Studies have shown that LED lights can be damaging on your eyes after long periods of exposure. This is particularly true if you are working during the darker evenings (or even the late afternoon in the winter).
In addition to working near a window, you can paint your office in bright neutral colours which will give you the illusion of greater space. Light-tone furniture will also have the same effect.
Nevertheless, we can hardly recommend that you sit by a cold window during the winter. What do you do when it’s dark outside?
A great idea is to invest in a solar panelled SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamp. These devices give out a healthy amount of light which can counteract the vitamin D deficiency which often occurs during winter. You can potentially add one of these to your office too.
8. Choose bold accessories
Everyone has worked in a tired and drab office which lacks any character. This looks bad, but it also has a negative effect on morale. If you want to avoid this in your home office, then opt for bold features to brighten up the room.
We don’t suggest that you paint your room bright yellow (unless you want to!) but you can choose key items which achieve the same effect. Colourful furniture or an eye-catching feature wall can make a room seem instantly more engaging. After all, your office space should be a place that you love; not avoid.
7. Get a whiteboard
Whiteboards might remind you of being in school, but they’re a fantastic way to jot down ideas and keep track of your thoughts. Depending on the time of work that you do, moreover, you might benefit from using a whiteboard to note your timetable.
It doesn’t need to be huge – even a small whiteboard lodged in your shelves can make a real difference. If your work involves visuals (such as an architect, for example) then a whiteboard/chalkboard can help you to articulate your ideas.
A word to the wise: if you have tiny feet running around, then you should probably keep the pens out of sight!
6. Have fun with the kids
For those of you who have children and work from home, you will already know how difficult it can be trying to juggle the two.
Everyone will have seen the tiny replica kitchens that kids play with. However, if you want to keep an eye on your children while you work, then you might want to consider this. Build a small desk and chair, complete with colouring pens, and place it nearby you office.
Your child can help you set up their own office – something that any child will love to do. This way, they can play with their toys but still feel like they’re in your company. Everything will seem more like a game and it’ll be much easier to keep an eye on them.
5. Use lots of textures
When it comes to decorating your office, then you should make sure to get creative and enjoy the process. It’s important to keep things interesting. If you want to create a space which looks inviting, then it’s a good idea to embrace lots of textures.
Wicker accessories, soft cushions, and wooden features will give a room an eclectic and organic feel. In addition to this, things like plants and sculptures will assist in making your office look more homely.
All of this can be done with a small space, too. You just need to use your imagination and collect little things here and there.
3. Keep things tidy
This might seem obvious, but it’s an important point that many people often overlook. These days, it’s unlikely that your office will just be a place for yourself. You may have colleagues visit, or you might have to engage in video meetings with others from across the world.
In the eventuality of these things, it’s vital that your office space is clean and organised. It might be useful to develop a tidying rota to ensure that you designate time to keeping everything looking good. Alternatively, you could just tidy as you go and save yourself the trouble later on.
2. Consider the attic
If you’re one of those people who use their attic primarily for storing old toys and Christmas decorations, then this might not be one for you. However, if you have the space, then the attic is a great excuse to create your dream office space.
Attics are often oddly shaped, so they allow people to get creative with the area available. If you have narrow walls, for example, then you can build your own shelving units to store your books and trinkets.
To avoid the room appearing dark and dull, then it’s a good idea to paint everything white (including the ceilings). When done properly, this doesn’t need to look austere or like a strange throwback to 1980’s minimalism. Use lots of textures to keep things interesting and don’t be afraid of soft furnishings.
The great thing about creating an office in the attic is that the space can be used by everyone. Chances are you won’t be working on the weekends. During this time, it’s important that your space can be used by others too. By adding a comfy armchair or sofa, then you have the perfect place to curl up with a good book. Perfect.
1. Get creative with small spaces
This is something that we’ve touched on a lot in this blog, but you might not have thought about doing this before. If you have a large, narrow cupboard in your house – then you should consider turning it into a small office space. No, we haven’t lost our minds. Look at this example:
Providing you fit a desk inside the cupboard, you will be able to make this small space into a wonderful computing area. Lots of clever storage solutions and desk organisers will help to make your office much more user-friendly. Don’t be afraid of heights, either. Stack your shelves high and fill them with your favourite bits and bobs.
Once you’re finished with your working day, you can simply close the door and forget about it all.
15 Ways to Create the Perfect Home Office: A Summary
There you have it; 15 tips and tricks to make the perfect home office space. At Desser, we’re passionate about creating beautiful living areas that make people feel happy and warm. If you are interested in decorating your home, or revamping your office, then look no further than Desser. We stock a wide range of products which can help you to create a stunning place to work.
If you have any questions, or would like some inspiration, get in touch with Desser today.