According to ONS data, it’s thought that around 37% of the working population do some part of their job remotely. If you do, you’ll know how important it is to have a space that’s conducive to productive working.
Whether you work remotely full time, opt into a hybrid working scheme or simply just take the odd day from home, read on for our top tips on how to create a home office to die for.
- Find the right location
The first step to creating a dreamy home office is to find the perfect location. When considering where you want your home office to be, it’s important to think about how you and the rest of your family use the space. You’ll want to pick somewhere that is relatively quiet and isn’t a walkway to other areas of the home.
If you live alone, your living room could be a good spot. However, if you have a family or housemates, try to choose somewhere like a spare room, an understairs cupboard or even the attic or garage.
Rather than squeezing a desk into an empty corner, those with more ample homes could consider a garden room. Garden rooms can be a great way to create a dedicated, productive workspace and help you maintain a better work-life balance as you can physically leave the ‘office’ behind you when the clock strikes 5pm.
- Draw up your plans
Once you’ve decided on your location, it’s important to draw up your plans.
Start by looking at the size of your existing room and what you already have in there. You can then begin to plan where everything can go. As well as weighing up how big of a desk you can fit in, make sure the spot you have chosen has good natural light and plenty of plug sockets for charging devices.
If you’re going to be making wholesale changes to the space or even creating a garden room, make sure to weigh up your financial status first. If you’re looking to redecorate or get in a professional, you may need help financing it. If your credit score isn’t the best, you could apply for a bad credit loan or an alternative source of funds.
You should also consider the backdrop. You probably don’t want everyone at work to see your overflowing wardrobe, laundry basket or unwashed dishes. If there really is no other option, you can always select one of the pre-made virtual backdrops to disguise a multitude of sins. Whether you go for a Moroccan-inspired house or an impressive bookshelf, just make sure it’s appropriate.
- Make it your own space
Now it’s time to add the finishing touches. If you’re a caffeine addict, you may want to invest in a coffee machine close by so you can reach for your fix easily. When it comes to accessorising your office, as well as funky prints and a few soft furnishings, you should also consider plants as they are known to support human health.
If you’re looking to revamp your home office, it may seem like a daunting task. But by planning everything thoroughly and assessing your finances, the home office you’ve been dreaming of could be closer than you think.