The home office became something of a necessity for many thousands of people at the beginning of 2020. While many of us already worked from home, a good proportion of those who were suddenly forced to do so did not have a ready office space. However, they soon found how practical it is to have dedicated office space at home.
Even if you don’t work from home full-time an office space, one where the computer lives and official documents are kept safe, is a useful room. So, what do you need for a home office, and what tips do we have for you? Let’s have a look!
Practical Design Aids Productivity
It is a proven fact that you will work better with a beautiful home office setup that has had some thought put into it. That is opposed to one that has simply been thrown together without consideration. This is why you need to think carefully about your office furniture, especially your desk and chair.
Look for a modern chair that has been ergonomically designed as you will be spending a good deal of time in it should you work form home. Also look at modern design desks, as these are usually smaller and yet easily as practical as traditional types. Most home office set-ups are limited by space, so you need to ensure you optimize that you have.
Don’t go overboard with your office furniture: simple is stylish right now, so check out that link above for inspiration on modern style desks.
A Tidy Workplace is a Productive One
To answer the question in the title, all you need for a workable office is a desk, a chair, a computer, and a telephone. That’s the basics, and you may require a printer and other peripherals depending upon your job.
What you also need is an office that you can easily keep tidy. Tidiness encourages productivity, while clutter is a negative influence. Furthermore, you should invest a small amount in office systems that keep cables out of sight as with the amount of electrical equipment you may have in your office these can be an ugly sight.
Comfort is Important
That your office needs to be comfortable and practical is simple common sense. We’ve already talked about the chair and desk, and how tidiness and simplicity help, but being comfortable in your office goes further than that.
One piece of advice that is essential is that all others in the household understand that our office is just that, and when you are in it, you are at work. Interruptions lead to mistakes, and break concentration. If you do have a spare room earmarked for your home office that is a bonus. However, you may also consider using a basement, converting a garage, or even putting your office in a building in the garden
The important factor is that you feel comfortable in your chosen space and can get on with the job you need to do.
We mentioned clutter above, but it’s worth revisiting here. Don’t be tempted to buy every new office gadget that you see advertised. Its not worth it, you don’t need it, and you won’t use it! Stick to the basics, the items that will get used and will be useful, and you’ll not only save money but also have a neat, tidy, and practical office that looks good.
It’s easy to be persuaded that your home office would benefit from something that will never be used, and it happens all the time. Desk, chair, computer, phone – that is usually all you need for a workable and effective home office set up from which you can do just about any desk-based job in the world.
Enjoy Your Home Office
We’ve covered many points above and given you what we believe are helpful office design tips, so we hope you take away from this article at least some inspiration that will allow you to enjoy working from home to the full and achieve the levels of productivity that you need to achieve. Use the link early in the article for inspiration on your new office desk, and you’ll soon have a beautiful office you can be proud of.