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Home Office Design
With the COVID-19 crisis, the need for a home office has become greater than ever before. Especially with an increase in virtual learning,and multiple family members needed a dedicated space to complete virtual work, a home office would be the perfect addition to any home.
To help our clients with designing the perfect home office, we are happy to share with you our Top 5 Home Office Design Tips.
1. Location is most important.
Home offices come in different shapes and sizes. It can be in a separate room, a quiet corner or even in your kitchen. The key to selecting the right location for your home office, is to think about where, when and how you do your work. If you are a busy mom, a kitchen desk area may be the ideal place for your central working area. However, if you’re a professional, you’ll want to select a place that’s away from the daily flow and distractions of your household. Also note: pay attention to your wall decor. With the increase in virtual meetings, your video backdrop will be an important part in deciding a location.
2. Provide enough space
Make sure you allow enough space to work comfortably. Test your work position by moving from side to side, standing up or sitting back from your desk. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s easy to underestimate how much space you actually need. To avoid this problem, use the same rule of thumb professional home designers use to lay out a workstation. Allow at least 60” (150cm) in width and 84” (210cm) in depth for your work area.
3. Selecting a desk and chair
Another important tip is to vhoose the right desk and chair for your home office. Select a desk that is wide enough for your computer, other electronics, and any necessary paperwork. Make sure to think about an possible tabletop tray, reference materials, and space to take notes. Ideally, your desk should 48” (120cm) wide minimum.
4. Views and Natural Light
Good lighting is essential for any home office space. Select a location with a view and as much natural light as possible. Position your desk in a location where your computer screen will not be affected by natural light ideally having it face the windows. Light transmitting window shades or blinds could help reduce any glare without darkening your room. Enhancing your natural light with a light room color would also make the room more enjoyable.
No view? Try to position your desk to face the door or place a pleasing piece of artwork or some inspirational quote above your desk. Either option, will give your eyes a rest and allow you to break away for even a brief moment.
5. Organize Your Technology
Nothing makes a home office look worse than wires hanging from your desk and running everywhere. Take control of your technology with these simple tips:
- Connect to a wireless network – you’ll reduce your wires by half
- Invest in wireless peripherals like a printer and mouse.
- Add a grommet (or drill a hole) in your desktop to lead any wires from your desk down below
- Organize and wrap any visible wires to the underside of your desk or down along a desk leg
- Gather loose wires along the floor together with a zip-tie.
Take a look around your house and you are bound to find a nook that you can creatively convert to a work friendly home office.
You just need enough space to take in a desk and chair to transform it into a place where you can work on an assignment at home. Or if you would like a trusted advisor to help you, feel free to order our Home Office Design Review.
Home Architect Studio would be happy to help!