Working from home is a choice more and more of us are making but how do you ensure it is a productive working space? There are a few design tips that you can implement which will hopefully increase your productivity when working from home and ensure you have the right working space set up.
There has been a significant increase in the number of us who are choosing to work from home. We wrote about the decrease in office space in the UK back here and one of the potential future solutions we mentioned was working from home instead of the office.
So apart from the obvious commuting benefits there are lots of plus points to working from home such as the freedom and flexibility it offers, particularly valuable if you need to pick the kids up for example. But it can be easy to slip into ‘home’ mode and not work effectively and as productively as you would if you were in an office.
A home office needs to be both ergonomically sound and have the aesthetics to look welcoming and professionally should you need to meet with any clients or business contacts. At the same time the space also needs to fit your day-to-day living style and needs.
The home office is a space that needs to promote productivity but also be flexible so that if needed it can be used for other purposes – this is important if you don’t have the space to dedicate to solely being a home office and it has to be used by other members of the family as well.
Here are a few of our top design tips to help you get the most out of your home office space:
Choose the right desk
Investing in the right desk is vital. It will be one of the most used pieces of office furniture in your space and needs to be comfortable. We work with a number of office furniture brands who provide flexible desking systems that you can built to suit your specific needs and fit the space you have available. You don’t need to settle on a desk that is just practical, you can have one that looks stunning as well.
Think about seating
Alongside the desk comes the office chair under the category of ‘most used’ office item. You need a chair that is supportive and comfortable. In most offices we spend the majority of our day sat down so our chair needs to be ergonomically sound.
Do you need any additional seating? Do you have room for a more relaxed ‘break-out’ area where you can sit away from your desk and hold potential client meetings? These are all questions to ask yourself when thinking about the layout of your home office space. If you are pushed for space folding chairs might be one solution.
You may have limited storage space in your home office but you need to think about what storage you will need. Will you need a filing cabinet? Steelcase have desking systems with built in storage options so you can keep your office neat and tidy and really make the most of your space.
With a home office you have the freedom to make it personal. How about a feature statement wall or a gallery wall of your favourite artwork and prints? You have the creative freedom to make the space your own. Something as simple as a noticeboard decorated with inspiring images or mottos adds personality.
Here at Ultimate we specialise in office fit out and can help you design your home office and choose the items you need to make the space productive.
Posted April 28, 2015