As the world changes, more and more people are being asked to work from home. But your house might not be the best place for productivity.
If you are called on to work from home by your employer, you may like to consider these five tips to maximise your home office space.
How to design your home office
1. Create an office space
You may be lucky and have a spare room in your house with good WiFi and a phone line. If so, perfect. If not, set up camp at the dining table, but make sure everyone is aware that during work hours, it’s your office.
Having a dedicated space for working will help with maintaining your work-life balance. At the end of the day, you can leave the room or dining table and switch off.
Wherever you choose, try to make sure you have some natural light and a view. If a view isn’t possible, some nice artwork could do the trick – you just need something to look at to give your eyes a screen break every now and then.
2. Declutter your new home office
Now that you have your space, give it a good clean. Remove all the clutter – we’re talking old books, pictures, CDs and anything that’s going to get in your way of working.
If you already have a desk, give it a good clean and remove any distractions. If you need a desk, look into bespoke home office solutions that can fit the space you have. The best part of this is that you can fully customise your office furniture so that you can have a sleek, productivity-boosting environment.
We’re including wires in office decluttering. Use grommets to direct your wires out of your eyesight, and gather loose wires on the floor together.
3. Set up your IT
Whatever your job, you will probably be answering phones, replying to emails and attending online meetings. For everything to run smoothly, you need to make sure you have all the tech you need.
Invest in a sturdy headset with a good microphone, and buy a webcam so colleagues and clients can see you. Ensure everything works before your first meeting – the last thing you want is to hold everyone up with problematic technology!
If you need a printer, find one that suits your needs and make sure to factor in other costs like paper and ink or toner. When it comes to placing it, you’ll want it as close to you as possible so you don’t get distracted on your way to picking up your documents.
4. Get new office furniture
At the bare minimum, you’ll need a desk and a comfortable chair. If your company is making the shift to more long-term working from home, however, you’ll want to start looking into shelving units, filings cabinets and more. This way if you do start gathering clutter, decluttering your home office is as simple as putting everything in an easily accessible place.
This can also help to create a more productive area for your work days. Bespoke furniture can be fitted to your office space, no matter the measurements or any awkward corners. You’ll also be in charge of the design from start to finish, so you can choose the materials, finishings and handles you want.
5. Take breaks
While this isn’t necessarily to do with designing a home office, it’s just as important. Make time to get away from your screen and phone. Go for a walk around the block and pick up a paper and a chocolate bar. Unload the dishwasher. Call a friend on the phone for a non-work chat. We all need breaks – especially during a pandemic.