Although working from home is not a new phenomenon, it has certainly become the ‘new norm’ following the global Covid-19 pandemic. It’s quite possible that you’re now working from home on a permanent basis and that you need a comfortable, distraction-free space to get things done.
The great part about working from home is that you have a say in the look and feel of your office space and you can truly let your creativity run wild when it comes to picking out furniture and décor. You can really make the space your own and have fun doing so.
Here are our top tips for creating the perfect work from home office that suits your needs and your taste.
Choose your spot wisely
The first thing you should consider when setting up a home office is that you need to designate a specific space for your work. Having a home office set up in a delineated space means you have a comfortable space to work in that is separate from your living space. Doing this helps your brain to make associations between your living space and your office space so that when you sit down to work, your mind is in work mode.
When choosing where you’re going to set up your home office, it is important to keep in mind that you’re going to need to concentrate and be productive in that space. Choosing an area of your home with high foot traffic is not going to help you get any work done. Rather opt for an area that is quiet and lends itself to productivity and creative thinking.
Get your lighting on point
Good lighting is not only important when it comes to getting work done, it can also set the tone of a particular space. When choosing your work from home spot, be sure to factor in good lighting. Working near a source of natural light such as a window or a door is ideal and being able to look outside should give your mood a boost too.
If natural light is not an option, overhead lighting is best. It is not harsh on your eyes and won’t reflect off your screen. A floor lamp is also a great option, not only to provide light but also to add a touch of sophistication to the space.
Add a pop of colour
A great way to spark productivity is to include vibrant colours in your work from home office. Whether you choose colourful furniture pieces or add a flowering pot plant to the space, colour is the best way to add a touch of your own personal style to your work area.
Convert your loft into a home office
If you have a loft at the top of your home that is not being used, you can convert it into additional space to use as a home office. This is ideal as it removes you from the hustle and bustle of your living spaces so that you can truly focus on your work without interruptions. Converting your loft can add up to 14% additional value to your home and can cost you between £20,000 and £60,000 depending on the size of the loft and what you intend to do with the space.
If you’re looking for an affordable structural designer and structural engineer to design your new home office for you, contact us for a quote.