Home offices have gone from an occasional curiosity to an everyday occurrence. While once, most workplaces would require that their staff be present in the office, this has changed.
The pandemic put many people in a position where their options were either to work from home or not work at all. The workplace adapted, allowing people to work from home in order to continue operating.
However, even after the end of lockdown working from home didn’t go away.
The infrastructure put in place for working from home provided people with a way to cut down on their fuel costs and travel time. This made for wealthier, more energised employees who were just as, if not more, capable of doing work in their own homes than they were in the office.
Now, many employees work entirely from home or under a hybrid system.
All of this, however, now means that a home office needs to be something more than a study where someone can get a few additional tasks done. It needs to be a dedicated workspace with all the functionality that entails.
That’s where Chameleon Bedrooms & Kitchens come in. As experts in home office design and installation, we’re here to guide you through what makes a perfect home office:
The first step in creating a perfect home office is to choose the right location. Ideally, you will want a space that is quiet and free from distractions. If you can, find a room with a window to let in as much natural light as possible. This is a known mood booster and can do a surprising amount in boosting your productivity.
Low on free living space? No spare room? Not to worry, there are still ways forward. You can create a custom workspace in the corner of your bedroom or living room with the right guidance.
The Lighting In Your Home Office
Proper lighting is essential in any workspace. Your home should be no exception. A well-lit workspace can help prevent eye strain and headaches. As mentioned, this means choosing a location with plenty of natural light. However, you should also consider additional light sources, such as well-positioned desk lamps and overhead lighting.
The right colour scheme can help create a calming and productive atmosphere in your home office. Avoid bright and distracting colours. Instead, choose more calming colours, such as blue or green. This isn’t to say, however, that you can’t add a little bit of pop to your home office. At least in small amounts. Try adding some accessories, such as a colourful rug or some art for the wall.
Make Sure That Your Home Office Is Properly Equipped
Having the right equipment and technology in your home office is essential. Usually, your employer will be responsible for making sure that your home office is supplied with all of the right equipment for it. However, if this is not the case for you, or you are self-employed, then here are the essentials:
- A good-quality office computer
- A printer
- A work desk that with ample storage and a counter height that suits your body’s size
- Ensure that you have a fast and reliable connection to the internet
- If you do not have fast wireless internet, invest in an Ethernet cable/port, as wired internet is almost always faster
There are also some pieces of equipment that you should actively avoid having in your home office. Keep video game consoles, televisions, and other potential sources of distraction out. Even if don’t use them, they take away from the professional atmosphere of the room. You need to be in the right headspace for a day of work. That means feeling like you are at work and not about to boot up a game.
A Personal Touch
We have stressed that you should cultivate and maintain a professional atmosphere in your home office. However, we are by no means suggesting that it should be soulless. Your workplace is naturally a reflection of you. Add a personal touch, such as some flowers, photos, or artwork to make your workspace feel more inviting.
Make It Organised And Keep It Organised
A cluttered workspace can be distracting and affect your productivity. Make sure that your home office is organised and clutter-free. Ensure that there are storage solutions ready and available for you when designing your home office. Drawers and filing cabinets will help you keep your paperwork, your desk, and your mind neat and tidy.
Contact Chameleon Bedrooms & Kitchens For Bespoke And High-Quality Home Office Design And Installation
Creating the perfect home office is essential for productivity and comfort. At Chameleon Bedrooms & Kitchens, we can help you design a home office that meets your needs and style. From Choosing the right furniture to adding personal touches, we can help you create a space that you’ll love working in. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.