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How to Create the Perfect Home Office Space by Jen Stanbrook of Love Chic Living

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

 

Image courtesy of Love Chic Living
Image courtesy of Love Chic Living

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.

 

Image courtesy of Love Chic Living
Image courtesy of Love Chic Living

3. Storage

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.

4. Lighting

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.

 

Image courtesy of Love Chic Living
Image courtesy of Love Chic Living

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.

6. Accessories

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.

 

Image courtesy of Love Chic Living
Image courtesy of Love Chic Living

7. Declutter

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.

2 thoughts on “How to Create the Perfect Home Office Space by Jen Stanbrook of Love Chic Living”

  1. With the level of talent demonstrated in the images posted, as well as the advice expressed, it is possible to develop another post for those of us who fall more in line while working in a home office environment? Please? For most Entrepreneurs and Creative People, this type of office space will not fill the bill as many self employed individuals surround their work space with items that inspire, recall moments in life aka memories, as well as items that represent interests. The reality of creating such a lovely, zen type and streamed lined environment similar to the images posted is not a reality for most who conduct business in a home office. The reality of stacked paperwork, books, laptop and a computer portray a more realistic side to a home office. Suggestions?

    1. Hi Linda,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our article. As the Amara Interior Blog Awards blog aims to provide tips for bloggers, many of which work full time then work on their blogs in the evenings or weekends, we decided to focus on a calming and creative home office space separate to the usual office environment in this example. The images are of the writer’s (Jen Stanbrook from Love Chic Living blog) own home office, which we feel is a valuable insight for new bloggers to see and gain inspiration from. As you have said, this is just one type of home office and in future we can look to include more inspiration for all types of home workers.

      Kind regards,
      Emily

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