If you’re one of the many people now permanently working from home, you’re possibly getting ready to create a room to use as a home office. A room that’s homely yet tailored to your working needs. If this sounds like you, then here’s a few things you should be thinking about to make sure your room works perfectly.
Setting up the room
Do you opt for a newly converted space, such as a garage or loft? Or do you utilise an existing space such as a spare bedroom or conservatory? This very much depends on what space you have available and your budget. If you’re thinking about converting a space, there’s a lot to consider. Often, garages and lofts aren’t insulated or fitted with windows. You may need to create access, as well as install electrics and heating. And then there’s plastering and fitting skirting boards, before you can even think of decorating.
However, if you’re using a room that’s already in place, then no doubt it’s just decoration andfurnishings to consider. So, this is the cheaper option by far.
Decorating the room
Decorating a home office isn’t quite as straightforward as the other rooms in your home. This is because you need to consider the practicalities, rather than just picking what looks nice.
That doesn’t mean you can’t introduce a bit of style to your home office interior, but you do need to be mindful of a few things. The first is light. Dark colours and heavy patterns may be too much to look at all day. And they may not help with keeping the room bright enough to work in either. If you love colour and pattern, why not introduce it in more subtle ways? Framed pictures, plant pots and notebooks are great ways to add little pops of colour. This leaves you free to keep walls light and bright.
Choosing the right home office furniture
Getting the right home office furniture will keep your working days comfortable and save you from avoidable back, neck and eye strains.
Your desk and chair combination should allow you to sit with your feet flat on the floor and your arms at a comfortable 90-degree angle when at your keyboard. And your screen or monitor should be at eye level or just below. So, having adjustable furniture will help you get into the right position