A home office is a great feature to have in your house. Not only is it good for pumping out a valuable work load, but it is also a great idea to get away from all the distractions while providing a place for you to relax in a well-established atmosphere that you have created and you can be proud of for years to come.
To design your own home office, it isn’t just about grabbing a desk, a laptop and some pens and saying you have completed your first home office.
There is a lot more to it than that, and fortunately for you I have compiled a list of what I think is the most crucial steps to follow when you create your new home office.
The Importance Of A Home Office
Your office is that little feature in your life which is going to get you ahead of everyone else in the world. It is your office, to help you get valuable work completed with little-to-no distractions whatsoever.
Sometimes you just can’t concentrate with all the kids running around, or when they are arguing and bickering with each other, your office will help you concentrate and ultimately make your life easier.
However you should also remember that it’s not just a matter of slapping in a desk and a a laptop then saying you have a working home office that’s giving you the best possible chance of getting work completed.
For example, you have to consider your lighting, does the color flow throughout your office?
Are you getting frequent headaches or eye strain?
Read more below to find out how you can get a working home office that’s NOT going to give you extreme migraines and eye strain and help you increase your chances of getting work finished the less stressful way.
Consider The Correct Lighting
The lighting in the room should be your very first approach when you first design your home office. I would recommend you choose natural lighting first, if possible of course.
Natural lighting has been proven to increase your mood and improve work production, so it is only necessary to consider something as important as natural lighting.
This one is entirely optional, although I would only recommend it if you are willing to make your home office a fully-fledged functioning machine 😛
That is accent lighting.
This is what is going to give you that relaxing atmosphere that every home office should have.
If you can, please avoid using fluorescent lighting for your new office, if you are exposed to this light source hours before bed, they tend to keep you up at night.
And finally, task lighting is a must have if you want to add that final touch to your office.
Flooring…What’s The Best Choice?
This is entirely up to you, and it all comes down to personal preference.
Do you enjoy the style of hardwood flooring, or do you prefer a pattern of colored tiles? You might like an office full of white lino or white tiles.
Why not be 100% different and choose tiles for your working space, then a nice cozy carpet for your sitting area, because a great home office always has a place to sit and relax while you enjoy your morning coffee.
Finish it with a nice, big fluffy rug to make it even more stylish!
There are so many different combinations you can choose from and I would recommend you take your time before making a final decision.
Wallpaper or Paint?
Again, something that comes down to personal preference. Although I do enjoy being different. I usually go for a 2 and 2 approach.
For example, 2 walls will be the same plain color, while the other 2 will be a patterned wallpaper.
I also enjoy the powerful technique of going vertical with shelves. And I find it works perfectly with a bright, lime colored wallpaper, however any bright color will do the trick.
You also want to consider the amount of work that is needed as well as your budget. Do what your wallet will allow even if it means going the cheapest route.
Computer Or Laptop
I usually go for a laptop as my preferred choice, due to it being completely portable and good for taking to your workplace or colleagues house to share some important work.
If you don’t like using the standard laptop keyboard and mouse pad, then consider investing in a cheap keyboard and mouse.
I only find that a PC is better for gaming, though your home office shouldn’t be for gaming should it? It is there for personal work, and maybe a little bit of gaming at the end of the day after you have finished.
However it is completely your decision, but I prefer a laptop.
Desk, The Size And Color
There’s not much to consider when purchasing a desk, though there is some little tips that I usually follow when I get a new one.
Make sure it matches the color of your office, or at least doesn’t look completely out of place. The material is your choice. I do find that hardwood is good for an old-styled office, while a glass top is better for a more modernized home office.
So it really depends on what style of office you are wanting to have and making sure the color at least matches the rest of your office even by a little bit.
I really love home offices, they are one of my most important rooms in the house and definitely one of the first rooms I look for before I move into a new house.
I typically make sure it has enough natural lighting as I hate dark and dim rooms. This only causes eye strain and after a while, headaches.
It is also better to have your office positioned to get the least amount of sun. This might sound counter intuitive but the added shade in my office just really annoys the hell out of me, as I would rather the lighting be completely even throughout the room.
If you can’t have an office positioned away from the sun I would recommend you have some curtains to dim the amount of sunlight that comes through.
What are some things that you consider to be important in your home office? Let’s hear it!
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