Design a Home Office That Makes You Want to Work
Whether you work from home exclusively or once a week, your home office is a place that should inspire and allow you to get work done. Sounds simple enough, right? In reality, most home offices are messy and unproductive environments, driving people to work anywhere but the actual office space. We’re here to help you create a workspace that fits your style while allowing you to focus and get down to business!
Location is Everything
You'll likely spend a lot of hours in your home office, so make sure the space is in an area that allows you to be the most productive. Do you work best in the thick of activity, or should your office be tucked away in a quiet nook away from distractions?
Stylish but Functional
Before purchasing furniture, take a good look at your office space and the rooms surrounding it. The office furniture should complement other rooms in your house. For example, if your home has traditional décor, warm wood and comfortable chairs are ideal. For contemporary homes, consider adding pieces of art or metal furniture.
The Command Chair
If nothing else, please, PLEASE invest in a good quality work chair for your office space. You will likely spend hours seated in your office chair, which is why investing in a comfortable and ergonomic chair is worth every penny. Trust us, your back will thank you!
Be Inspired to Work!
This is the fun part! Your home office space should inspire you while also reflecting your personality. Some simple ways to create this inspiration are:
Painting the walls: Choose a colour that motivates you and not just something that’s trendy.
Giving yourself a view: If your space has a window, position your desk so that when you glance up from the computer you’re greeted with a view of the outdoors. If that’s not possible hang a picture or painting above your desk.
Adding cute knick-knacks: Your space can be functional and comfy – you don’t have to choose one over the other. Cute notepads, fun sticky notes and framed artwork from your kids’ school projects are just some of the ways to create warmth within your home office.
Clean Your Desk
For a few, it might be quite some time since seeing what the actual desk looked like because its buried under papers, notebooks and office supplies. Start by removing everything from your desk except for your computer and phone. Next, take advantage of your nearly empty desk to dust or vacuum it. Then comes the challenging part – review every item you had on your desk and decide whether to keep it. If you don't use an item at least once a week, put it aside. Once you've organized the rest of your office you can decide if it should be put away in storage, donated, or moved to somewhere else in the house.
Eliminate Cable Clutter & Protect Electronics
Having too many cables lying around creates a tripping hazard. Eliminate this hazard by binding cables together with ties, clamps, clips or Velcro so they stay in one place. Route the wires through the hole in your desk (if it has one) and make sure they're all behind your desk and against a wall so there’s no chance of someone tripping on them.
Last but not least, plug your cables into a surge-protected power bar to prevent your computer and other electronic devices from being fried during a power surge.
If you have a home office, tell us how you create a functional and stylish work space!