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Designing a home office is no simple task. Home offices require a slight personal touch, something familiar and warm. The following is a simple guide to help you design your home office.
Understand What You Need
Working remotely is definitely becoming popular, but now it is up to you to figure out the purpose of your office. Think about the following.
- Figure out how the space will be used
- Specify the work that will be done in this space
- Think about how visitors will use the space
- Decide how collaborative work will be done
- Think about materials, tools, and equipment
Thinking about these points should make it easier for you to develop an effective office design.
Avoid Common Home Office Pitfalls
It is important that you do your best to avoid common mistakes people make when designing their home office; for example, placing a TV inside your office or near your work area. You may not be able to ignore this screen, so make sure you protect yourself. Another mistake some people make is assuming that any old equipment is good enough. The quality of the services you provide rely on your equipment, so make sure it is good enough. Be sure to pay attention to your wire management because that wire spaghetti crisis can happen quickly.
Things to Consider While Designing
There are a number of things that are sometimes overlooked when designing a home office. One thing you should pay attention to is lighting. Natural light is best but this is not always available, so make sure you hire a professional to set up good lighting. Good lighting keeps you productive and helps beautify your office, which is great when customers are in your office or you are working with partners. It might also be a good idea to insure all of the equipment in your office just to be safe.
Effectively Furnish the Office
A big part of your home office is the furniture. There are a few things you need to consider like making sure ergonomics are observed to make sure your posture is right when sitting. It might also be a good idea to hire a designer so that this person can use the information you gathered to create an effective setup.
Think About the Colors
You need to choose colors that will make you as productive as possible. Blues, greens, and purples seem to help a person feel relaxed. These colors are okay, especially if your job is a high-stress job, but these colors should be used minimally because they can also make you feel sleepy.
Green is a good color. It seems to help concentration while still relaxing you but not so much so that it will make you feel sleepy. Yellows and reds are energetic, but use them sparingly because they can also make you snap if you are not too careful.
Whites, grays, and silvers are used frequently in offices. These colors can be considered neutral but could also feel boring and you do not want that. Try to infuse a few splashes of other colors to make sure you do not start feeling bored in your office.
Hopefully, this guide makes it easier for you to design the perfect home office. The colors and the furniture you end up using should feel familiar and not so office-like because this is a home after all. It is okay to make your office feel home-like but efficient.
Ryan Yarbrough is a small business consultant, speaker, and the manager at Davis Financial Services, a small business consulting firm.