More of us than ever before now work from home and regardless of whether it’s on a full or part time basis, plugging away on the computer whilst sitting at the family dining table is definitely not the ideal workplace. It is possible to build a work space into any home, no matter what size, however deciding on the right space does require a little imagination, too!
Today’s home needs a dedicated work space that is both practical and comfortable to ensure optimum productivity, but hey, who said a little style didn’t hurt, either? So, if you are planning on creating a work space for your own home, whether it’s a sewing area, study nook or home office, here are some important aspects you need to consider in order to make your space functional and stylish!
If space is limited, look to unused corners of rooms and empty wall space for the ideal spot to create your work space. Set up a desk and shelving under the stairs or in a corner of a living room. If you need a quiet zone, how about a home office corner in a seldom used space such as the spare bedroom or the attic? Make sure that the location you choose for your work space is well lit, has sufficient headroom and plenty of wall sockets.
I really like the use of alcove space below. Perfect for occasional computer work and the natural light streaming in from the window is a bonus, too.
Image: Apartment Therapy
This is clever utilisation of an often overlooked space in a home – the upstairs landing. Too many people disregard this space yet it often has fabulous light from the upstairs window, it’s the ideal size for a desk and it’s quiet, too!
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2. Desk & Chair
What you sit on and what you lean on determine how comfortable you are whilst working; probably the most important factor in how productive and energised you are. Don’t be automatically drawn to traditional office furniture, either. Add a little personality to your space by using a small, reclaimed dining table as a desk or a well loved chair. As long as you feel comfortable at work, then use whatever furniture you love, just check for things like drawer space, leg room and tabletop height when deciding on a desk alternative.
What’s not to love about this desk and chair combo? Proof that pretty can be practical, too! The gold desk lamp provides a touch of stylish elegance, too, don’t you think?
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3. Storage & Shelving
Make sure your work space has plenty of room around it for file storage and sufficient shelving for books, document folders, stationery, etc. In the example below, Ikea spice racks have been used to house jars of small sundries such as paper clips and drawing pins. Hang pots of pencils and pens from wall mounted rails to free up desk space and use shelving of different sizes for displaying objects of varying height.
Image: Rosehips & Petticoats
This next work space is a sewing nook to die for and has been aptly described as ‘desk porn’. And how! What an amazing use of wall space and so highly organised!! You’d never be wasting precious time hunting for your bits and bobs whilst working here. I like how the monochrome theme is in evidence, but with pops of colour in all the right places, making everything so easy to find.
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that spur us on and make us smile. Accessorise your home office corner with some nice stationery and pens that you enjoy using – it will make daily chores and making to-do lists so much more pleasant, honest! Rather than opting for a bog standard plastic desk organiser, club together pretty glass jars and pots to hold all your pens and use shallow boxes to keep it all together. Choose a funky desk calendar and clock to ensure you meet those looming deadlines in style, too…
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Decent lighting at your home office desk is a must, so make sure to have a good desk lamp for close work and tasks as well as adequate overhead lighting, especially if there is a lack of natural light in the room. M&S has some fantastic task lighting, as does Ikea.
Image: The Ultra Linx
Adding some potted houseplants to your office space improves the air quality and hence your productivity – fact! Succulents in particular are much easier to look after as they require less frequent watering. Greenery also softens the overall look of your work space and helps to create a more soothing ambience which in itself is conducive to more productive working.
7. Personalise It
Finally, don’t be afraid to make your space your own by injecting some of your personality into it! A small vase of your favourite flowers, some framed quotes that inspire you or even a mood board for pinning your thoughts and ideas onto can all help to energise your work space and motivate you to work better.
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Add a colourful rug to pull the area together and create a cosy working corner or drape a woollen throw over your chair for those cold winter mornings or late nights at the office desk. Choose objects that you love and you’re more likely to feel comfortable and less stressed in your working environment.
So, all that remains for me to say is have a productive week!
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