Home Improvements

Creating a Home Office Space

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What you need to know about home offices

These days, more and more people are working from home.  If you are one of the many that do not have the hassle of the daily commute, you might be thinking of making your home work space more comfortable.

Whether you intend to convert a whole room or just part of a room to your new office space, you have to plan and think carefully about exactly what you need and what you want.

There are a large number of bespoke office and bespoke furniture companies offering all types of solutions.

You can decide to buy single pieces of furniture and make them fit into your workspace, or go the whole hog and have a bespoke office designed to accommodate your every desire. You could spend a few hundred pounds or tens of thousands of pounds to achieve the look.

Before you rush in and order all the pieces of furniture for your workspace, take a step back and think about important things such as

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1. What electrical equipment you will require and where

Working from home you will obviously be using a laptop or PC computer. You will probably need a printer to print reports and documents and a telephone. Maybe a docking station for your phone. You might want to splash out and have a television and coffee maker.

The single thing that links all these items together is power. When you are deciding where to put your electronic equipment, you need to take into consideration where you power outlets are. The last thing you want is to have ugly (and potentially dangerous) extension leads sticking out all over the place because your equipment is on one side of the room and your power sockets on the other.

If you need to connect to the internet and don’t use wifi,  you will need to make sure your computer is close to the network socket. The same goes for the television.

The easiest way of planning where you equipment goes is to draw a plan of the room and mark where the electrical sockets are and then you can see at a glance the best position for your equipment.

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2. Sunlight and Windows

Being able to see out of a window and watch the world go by can make your day just that little bit better. However it is important to note the position of the sun during your working day and how is viewed through any windows. If you are facing into the sunlight will this blind you through the day and give you a headache. similarly if the sunlight is behind you, will this shine onto your computer screen, so you won’t be able to see it properly.

Lighting is also important. Working from home means that more than likely you will have to rely on the lighting that is already in place. However if this is not sufficient you can increase the light by adding tall lamps or table lamps.

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3. Enough areas for storage

In large offices, there tends to be plenty of storage space and customers tend not to see the work area. However in a small home office, being tidy is of the utmost importance, especially if you have clients to visit (although this is less common)

There are some great storage solutions and in my view the more you can fit in the better. Storage for pens, paper, reports, files, manuals books. They should all be stored away, but readily accessible and in some sort of order, so you don’t spend hours looking for a file.

4. Are you sitting comfortably?

This is an area of working that is probably the most overlooked, but in my opinion one of the most important.

Your chair and more specifically how comfortable it is will be the difference between a great days productive activity and several hours backache.

A cheap chair can cause severe problems and loss of work time. Be prepared to spend a few hundred pounds on an ergonomic chair and you will be more than repaid over time.

5. Do you need to redecorate?

Do you feel more comfortable in a bright fresh coloured room or a dark cosy office space. The choice is of course yours, but it important that you make sure the colour and style of your furniture matches your wall colour choice and that you paint or hang the wall paper, before you start moving in the furniture.

I hope this has given you food for thought. Creating a home office is very exciting and if done properly and with a bit of forethought can make the world of difference to your working life.