Tips to Adding a Home Office to Your Abode

July 5, 2021

The health crisis taught us all a few things, including the fact that we can get just as much work done from home as we can at the office. And even though we’re slowly getting back to our places of work, many of us continue to work from home.

If that’s you, it might help to set up a formal home office. Here are a few tips to consider.

Choose the Right Space

It goes without saying, but it’s important to pick the right spot in your home for your office. If you’ve got an extra bedroom, den, or a finished basement, perhaps these might make obvious choices.

Otherwise, you might need to create a separate area in your living room, dining room, or a nook in any part of your home that has enough space to house your desk and office supplies.

Ideally, you’ll have a door that can separate you from other areas. But if not, you can always add a room divider.

Dedicate the Space to Your Office

How many of us are guilty of piling paperwork on our dining room tables, only to have to shuffle it all off when it’s time to eat? This can get distracting and may cause you to misplace items or throw you off track.

If possible, try to make sure that the space you choose for your at-home office is dedicated as such. This will help ensure that you can focus on your work.

Consider Natural Lighting

The best area in your home for an office would be one that allows ample natural light in. Natural light can boost productivity and morale, so try to pick a spot with a window and keep those drapes open!

At the same time, add some other type of lighting to ensure that your home office is well-lit. That includes adding light in the form of pot lights, ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and table and floor lamps. Not only is task lighting important, but so is ambient lighting to help reduce eye strain.

Consider Storage

In order to stay organized at “work” — especially if you’re working with a small space — you’ll need ample storage. And sometimes you may need to get a little creative if square footage is not on your side.

Consider adding things like a bookcase, shelving, and some storage boxes. You might also need a filing cabinet to house some of your important paperwork, so make sure the floor space in the area you’ve chosen is large enough to be equipped with one.

Home offices have become incredibly important and popular these days. If you’re not sure where to begin, hire us to design yours!