If you work from home and don’t have a dedicated work space then you really need to think how you can incorporate one. It might not be easy; not everyone has a spare room that can be converted, but there are ways to create a desk area in every home. If you are lucky enough to have an office then you’ll know how much it can alter your working day. No more balancing the laptop on your knee whilst you get comfy on the sofa. A dedicated work space can improve productivity, help with your creativity and allow you to switch off at the end of the working day. Believe me, I’ve experienced the benefits and want to share my top tips on creating the perfect home office space that will change your life…
Top Tips to Creating the Perfect Home Office Space
1. The Desk
A desk doesn’t have to cost the earth, even a plank of timber attached to the wall will do. Make it big enough to house your PC or laptop and a few accessories. Keep it as clutter free as possible so you’re not distracted when working.
2. The Chair
Probably the one thing to get right. You want it to be adjustable and comfortable, to protect your back and give you a good seating position. Invest as much as you can in the right office chair that will support you and keep you comfortable whilst you work.
What do you need to store nearby? Are you a creative/DIY blogger who needs your tools close to hand? Or will you need to store piles of magazines and books for inspiration? How about a space for review items, or current projects? And of course, don’t forget a tray or basket to store receipts and paperwork.
If you happen to work late into the evening, you’ll need some good lighting. An adjustable Anglepoise style lamp with directional light is best, then some softer ambient lighting for the rest of the room. Light a candle or two to help you relax and focus, just don’t forget to blow them out when you’re done.
5. Wall Art
If you’re staring at a blank wall, make it pretty. Add a notice board, clipboards, washi tape some photos to the wall, and add your favourite pictures and prints. Make it a personal space, feel joy when you look up, and let it inspire you.
Add items that mean something to you. Favourite photos of your family, flowers, plants, books and trinkets from your children. Surround yourself with loveliness and make it a room that entices you in. It will help you meet those deadlines.
At the end of the week, take 15 minutes to tidy and declutter your desk space, don’t let it get too messy or you’ll end up working somewhere else, which you really don’t want.
When your work is finished, shut down your laptop, remove the empty coffee cups, and close the door. Another day is done.
Do you have any top tips for creating the perfect home office?
Written by Jen Stanbrook at Love Chic Living, visit her blog now for more interior inspiration and tips.