To be successful, a home office needs to be both functional and efficient. You are going to be working in this environment for several hours each day so it is important that you make it as comfortable as possible. You can design a practical and comfortable home office by taking a few steps towards finding the right space, furnishing it, and making it attractive and efficient.
You‘ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stuff yourself on space (e.g.squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room). Also, consider traffic flow and your ability to withstand distractions. Do you work best in the thick of activity, or should your office be tucked away in a quiet space? If the client will be stopping by, a private space with ample seating is a must.
2. Office Space
Your kitchen table or a desk tucked into a corner of a bedroom is a good place to get started on your home business journey, but as you grow, you‘ll want to design an office that supports your work. Having to pack up to move off the dining room table each night can get old quickly. The ideal space in your home is free from work-time distractions and has a door, both of which make it easy to divide work time and space with your personal time and space to create greater work/life balance. If you‘re meeting clients in your home, you want a place that is close to where they enter and that can be away from your regular living space.
3. Invest in a great chair
You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically-correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.
4. Pay attention to lighting
Lighting is important in a home office for both ambiance and ensuring you can see what you’re working on without needing to strain your eyes, so don’t skimp when it comes to providing enough light. Make lighting a priority, with special focus paid to those areas where you really need to see what‘s going on. And don’t worry about having too much light— it‘s always better than not having enough.
5. Choose homey accessories.
Unless you‘re going for a contemporary look, choose extras that enhance the comfy feeling of your home office, as a pretty mug for a pencil holder, trendy notepads and sticky notes, and a decorative wastebasket. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material.
6. Inspire yourself.
Set up a mini-shrine— a few cherished knickknacks, a piece of framed art, a special photo on your desk— that motivates you to create and/or get the work done so you can get out of there. A print of Paris can channel your inner muse, or a photo of your children might remind you that you‘re doing it all for them.