Working remotely from home is becoming an option for many workers, thanks to the internet. However, this has called for us to need a space to work in, such as a home office that is properly equipped, or a workshop out back. You cannot simply put together a home office and hope for the best, though. You need to ensure that it is suited to your home’s décor, is well placed (so that you are free from distractions), and is comfortable.
Here’s how to create the ideal home office.
1. Decide which room is best
The location of your office is essential to how well you work. How much space do you need? Is it far away from any distractions? Is there enough privacy? Do you have children to look after? What type of business are you running? You should ask these questions and consider the answers before selecting the room.
For instance, does your work require peace and quiet? If so, then a room far away from the kitchen, living room, or bedroom may be best. You want to be placed somewhere that can muffle the sounds of others in the home or the sounds of the outside. You could consider a loft conversion, for instance, or if you have the funds and space, add a garden office room that is an entirely different entity to your home.
A garden office space is also a great idea if you have clients that may visit your business. For instance, are you a mental health counselor who needs to create a safe and relaxing environment? On the other hand, if you need to build a workshop for your business, for instance, if you are a carpenter, then there are plenty of affordable workshop buildings available.
2. What do you need?
A lot of equipment means a lot of space, so be sure to list off what you need beforehand. Not doing so could mean you end up setting up in a room that’s too small and, therefore, becomes cramped.
Typical office supplies include:
- A computer/laptop (do you need two screens?)
- A keyboard and mouse
- A printer/scanner
- A paper shredder
- An office phone
- A place to store notepads, pens, paper, etc.
- A filing cabinet
Of course, depending on the type of work you do, you may need specialist equipment. A graphics designer may need an iPad Pro, for instance, or a Huion tablet for graphics drawing.
3. Invest in a desk and chair
You are going to be sat in your office, at your desk and in your chair for many hours at a time. You need your desk to be sturdy and large enough to fit your tech needs, but also sit comfortably in your room without giving the illusion of clutter.
Regarding the chair, it needs an adjustable backrest, your feet should rest flat on the floor, and the back support should be of a high quality. What’s more, the fabric of your office chair should be breathable so that you do not sweat or stick to your seat during the hotter months.