>> May 22, 2017
Getting the design of your home office right is very important. The design is important for practical needs, so your office is a functional space that enhances your productivity. Having a pleasant area of your home to work can also help you to maintain motivation levels.
Here we will discuss some things which you should consider when designing the perfect home office for you.
Designing Your Home Office
In most instances, the most important pieces of furniture in your office are the desk and the office chair. When choosing the desk, think about the type of work you complete on a day-to-day basis. For example, do you work predominantly on a computer or do you need a large workspace for design projects or multiple files and paperwork? Also, consider the space available in your home office. These two factors dictate the size and the style of the desk you choose.
Choosing the right office chair is equally important. If you are sitting comfortably, you are not going to be distracted by the pain in your joints, and this allows you to focus on the task at hand. Therefore, you should opt for an ergonomic office chair as these are adjustable and allow you to adopt a good position at your desk.
There is a wide choice of furniture available on the market in a variety of different styles. Therefore, it is possible to buy pieces that are both practical and stylish. If you are planning on bringing clients to your home office, then choosing pieces of office furniture that reflect the image you want to project is important.
Storage is another essential aspect of your design to consider. You must consider the amount of space you have available and the shape of the room. If space is limited, make the most of the wall space and consider multifunctional pieces of furniture. Irregularly shaped rooms are not necessarily problematic. Any alcoves are ideal for using as storage spaces by adding a small bookcase filing cabinet or shelves.
Before buying storage furniture for your office, think carefully about the amount and type of storage you need. While the drawers of the desk are sufficient for people who predominantly work on the computer and simply need space to store a few items of stationery; other people may need pieces of furniture that are specifically intended for storage, such as a large filing cabinet.
Lighting is important for two reasons. First, you need to see what you are doing easily without straining. Second, lighting in the room can impact on your mood and levels of motivation. For these reasons, you need to think carefully about the lighting in your work area. Also, there is evidence to suggest that lighting can impact on whether you feel motivated or fatigued. Blue and green lighting are both believed to impact positively on your ability to work.
The lighting you choose can serve both a practical purpose and act as a design element of the room. By adding unusual ceiling lights or trendy desk lamps, your lighting can serve the purpose of an interesting feature in the room.
If your office is visually pleasing, then you are more likely to want to spend time there. This aspect of the design comes down to your personal tastes. However, opting for a neutral color scheme can create a spacious feel in a room that is possibly one of the smaller rooms in your home. Neutral colors are also less distracting than bold or vivid color choices. You can create a homelier feel in your home office personalising the room with photographs or art prints. A bright print will add color to the room and act as a focal point while photographs will add a personal touch.
These are just some of the factors that you should consider when designing your home office. Other factors will depend on the type of work you do and the way in which you intend to use the room. Remember, making the room a practical space for your work is the main focus rather than creating a room that is simply pleasing to the eye.
Adam Robertson is a professional in the office furnishings industry. He works for Allard Office Furniture, an office furniture company which has 18 years of shared experience in office desks, chairs, supplies and accessories.