When you’re turning a room into a home office for work or study, you’ll no doubt be excited about all the new design elements you’re planning on using. And of course, it’s an exciting time! But you’ll also need to think about how you can ensure your office is a practical space that will allow you to work effectively.
To ensure you’re working to your optimum potential, you’ll need a space that’s not only great to look at but great to be productive in too. Here are some of our best tips for putting together an organised home office.
Choose a room that’s quiet and stress-free.
Whether you have a study in your home or you’re creating a new workspace in a spare bedroom, try to ensure it’s ‘cut off’ from the rest of the home. Once you’re working inside and the door is closed, you should be able to focus away from the hustle and bustle of family life.
However, we understand that this may not be an option if you have a smaller or more crowded home. If your situation doesn’t allow for a dedicated space, try creating a schedule for your family that respects your quiet use of a specific area during working hours.
Keep your desk clear and clutter-free.
Your desk can have a surprisingly strong impact on the way you work. When you’re spending time in a cluttered space, your mind will likely begin to feel cluttered too.
Once you’ve found the perfect desk for your home office, keep it clean and tidy to keep your productivity levels at their best.
Things you may wish to keep on your desk are your office supplies, a pen and paper, a phone (if needed) and some small pieces of decor that enhance the surrounding atmosphere without contributing to clutter.
Create a well-lit space.
Lighting is another important element to consider when designing your home office. Natural lighting is best as it keeps your mind focused and alert, but if your office doesn’t have windows, consider the next best thing.
Many people prefer cool lighting for an office as it keeps them feeling bright; however, others prefer warm light as it makes them feel warm and positive.
Choose your lighting depending on your preference, the type of work you need to do and which one you think would be beneficial to your productivity.
Use shelving to your advantage.
Shelving is a great way to keep your office organised and prevents the mess from piling up. Use shelves to feature decor you don’t want taking up space elsewhere, as well as safely storing books, folders, paperwork and anything else you need to use for work.
This way, they’re easy to access when you need them but will be organised and out of your immediate space.
Have designated drawers or storage boxes for specific items.
Choosing furniture with built-in drawers is another way to keep things tidy and well organised – but don’t just throw everything into any random drawer!
Designate a drawer or storage box for each type of item – for example, a paperwork drawer or a stationery drawer. By doing so, you’ll always know where to look when you need something specific.
Paint the walls a colour that helps you feel motivated.
The colour you choose to paint your office will be a personal choice – one that’s yours alone to make. But that doesn’t mean we can’t suggest some helpful ideas!
If you prefer a more neutral look that won’t distract you from your work, try using shades of white, beige or cream for a clean and uplifting space.
For those who aren’t afraid of a little colour, consider a fun accent wall in a bright, motivational colour like green, yellow or orange to help power you through the day.
Make sure your furniture is comfortable to use.
One of the most important things to consider while working is your comfort. If you’re achy or in pain, you’ll be more focused on yourself rather than the tasks at hand.
Choose an office chair that offers plenty of support for your back and neck. It should also be adjustable in height to ensure you’re working at the right angle about your desk.
You could even take this a step further by using an ergonomic mouse and keyboard too!
Enhance your decor with practical items.
No matter how you’ve chosen to decorate your home office, it’s the decor that truly makes it your own. Add decor and artwork that suits your style – especially if those items are practical too.
This could include office supplies in a fun colour, a cool calendar, an attractive pen pot or even a selection of fun notebooks that will stand out on a shelf.
All of these items will add a certain style to your decor, all while serving a practical purpose as you maintain your business.
Once you’ve put together an appealing room that you can enjoy spending time in (with an additional focus on strong organisation), you’ll have an excellent place to work while keeping your tasks on track.
Do you work or study at home? If so, do you have a dedicated office space? We’d love to hear all about how you’ve decorated your home office and whether the way you’ve chosen to outfit it has had an effect on your productivity. Tell us about it in the comments section below!