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If your job allows you the flexibility to telecommute, or if you’re working as a freelancer from home, you may find yourself needing a home office.
When working from home there needs to be a fine balance where the space is professional enough for you to hold client meetings in, yet relaxed enough so you don’t feel drained and fatigued when entering the room.
Read our tips below to creating a home office that works for you.
Choosing the right colours: Colours can make or break a space. Whether your home office is simply a corner in your bedroom or a fully enclosed room, choosing the right colours is important. Avoid dark shades and instead opt for whites and creams to keep the space looking fresh and clean rather than dark and dingy. Your walls should be painted a positive, light conducting shade, and save the darker colours for your necessary items like a computer, desk or chair.
Let’s talk furniture: If you want to work hard, your furniture needs to have a professional air about it. If you plan to spend a significant amount of time stooped over a computer screen, you may want to look at adjustable chairs so that your neck and back remain in good shape. Invest in a quality desk with plenty of storage and make sure your computer is up-to-date.
Home design: Incorporating a study nook into a home is an increasingly popular trend in home design. If you don’t want to commit to a whole room, a study nook is a great compromise. Alternatively, loft designs offer a flexible space that can easily be converted into a private home office. The Highlander 329 is a loft design with plenty of space to create your own office or studio.
Let there be light: Ventilation is one of the prime considerations in a home office. Ensure that your working area gets plenty of sunlight, and whenever possible work using only natural light. You will feel better for it, plus you may notice a reduction in your electricity bill!
Use space wisely: Assuming that you’re going to have to contend with a small work space, use the space wisely. Avoid clunky furniture like a traditional work table and large work chair. Look at a wall mounted, foldout table and an ergonomic chair. Say no to cupboards and experiment with a basket system for your files and wall-mounted shelves with bookends for books, files and reading material storage. Any display can be wall mounted, instead of being ensconced in cabinets. Check out the Jagera 250, which cleverly converts a bedroom to a study and back again!
Creating a home office that works for you can take time, but hitting the right balance will help ensure productivity and efficiency.
What are some of your tips for creating a home office? Let us know in the comments!
This was a guest post by The Wadhwa Group.
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