So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided to work from home, or maybe you have been doing it for a while but your desk in the corner of the spare room just isn’t quite cutting it.
Creating a space that stimulates productivity is essential when creating your home office. It’s got to be somewhere where you’re happy to be and it needs to be organised, clean, well lit and ergonomic.
If you’re looking to create an inspirational office space in the comfort of your own home then read on…
So first things first - you need to decide which room in the house you’re going to convert. Ideally, it needs to be somewhere that you can shut off because one of the hardest things about working from home is learning when to clock off. Having a door on your home office is a good idea because it allows you to physically ‘leave’ work. (It also stops the kids from drawing their favourite Disney characters all over your accounts book, not that we’re speaking from experience…)
If space is limited, there are clever ways of screening off a section of a room. Speak to the design experts at Henry Charles on how this can be achieved using our bespoke furniture.
One room we advise you avoid utilising is the living room, as it’s the one room that needs to be for total relaxation and there is absolutely nothing relaxing about staring at your “invoices to pay” tray on an evening!
The room needs all the basics that we expect everywhere else in the house - heating, appropriate lighting and electricity.
At Henry Charles Interiors, we provide a fully bespoke service. We are with you from start to finish, from design and planning to manufacturing and fitting your new home office.
When choosing your furniture, think about the kind of décor your going for in the room; do you want it ultra-modern and minimalistic or more traditional and comforting? If you need inspiration, don’t worry because we’ll discuss all possible options with you in the design process.
This may sound obvious, but make sure you choose a colour that you really like, not just because you think it will look good. If you’re not sure, it’s best to go for neutral colours such as white, creams and beiges and add in splashes of colour with the furnishings. Blue is a calming colour, and so it’s a great choice for the home office because it helps to keep your stress levels low, as well as keeping you focussed.
Invest in a good, supportive office chair, you’ll be spending many hours sat at your desk and if you’re not careful, this can have a detrimental effect on your posture. Where you place things on your desk is very important, the top of your computer screen should be in line with your eyes, and about an arms-length away. Your keyboard should be placed the length of your forearms away from the edge of the desk and your mouse in a similar position.
Have a “chill out area” if you can. Get yourself a comfy chair or beanbag for reading or where you can enjoy a cuppa, and be sure to make a point of coming away from the computer screen every so often.
Don’t skimp on this bit just because it's your office and no one else will see it. Quirky ornaments, wall art and special stationary all make working that little bit more enjoyable. Have an ornamental shelf and embellish it with knick-knacks and photographs, purely for decorative purposes. Why not choose an inspiring piece of wall art and hang it above your desk? This will give your eyes a focus away from the computer screen.
Basically, decorate your office to your liking and fill it with things that make you smile - who said an office had to be boring?