With the increasing likelihood of working from home becoming the new normal, it is important to consider what you can do to ensure your home office is well designed to ensure maximum efficiency.
Good lighting is probably the most essential factors to help create a well-designed home office and in particular, a source of natural light can actually help to increase productivity. If possible, try to choose a location for your home office that has plenty of North facing light as this provides the most consistent lighting and helps to avoid glare, hot spots and shadows which is especially useful when using a laptop or computer screen for your work. If a north facing space is not available, ensure you have the option of adding sheer blinds to diffuse the light and use a matt finish on the walls as this also helps to reduce glare.
In addition to good lighting conditions, a comfortable temperature is also incredibly important for efficiency whilst working. Ideally, position your workspace near openable windows so that you can naturally ventilate the area when required. During the colder months, it is beneficial to have a separate thermostat to control your office so that you don’t need to heat the entire house throughout the day however if this is not an option, a portable heater can quickly warm up a small space without having to turn on your main heating system.
For many of us, space is at a premium and so, as a result, this can often lead to us using our dining tables or even a sofa or bed as a workspace (which is less than ideal!). When working from home, it is especially important to try and keep up a decent work/ life balance and creating a dedicated working area helps to realize this. Although carving out additional space for a desk may be easier said than done, there are lots of clever adaptable furniture pieces that can help or by enclosing your workspace behind cupboard doors, this gives you the benefit of hiding your desk (and any potential mess!) at the end of the day.
Following on from the last point, good storage solutions can really help to maximize space and are therefore essential when it comes to creating a well-designed work area. Where possible, hide mess such as files, papers and printers behind closed doors and make the most of every inch you have whether it’s high level shelving or under desk drawers.
Minimal workspaces can often feel stark and impersonal however it is crucial to keep anything that could potentially distract you out of sight. Try keeping your desk clear and clutter free (even if this means tidying it every evening) and instead use a pinboard to display all of your inspiration. If you find it hard to stay off your phone whilst working, a small drawer beneath your desk is the perfect home for it as it is easily accessible when needed and you could even have an integrated charger within the drawer to ensure it never runs out of battery!
Our final tip for creating a well-designed home office is to have an abundance of plants surrounding your workspace. Adding some greenery can increase air quality, reduce fatigue and even act as a mood lifter as well as making your space look more attractive. The colour green has a relaxing and calming effect so if plants aren’t your thing, decorating your office in a natural shade could have a similar effect.