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Setting up a home office

Apr 9, 2020 | Home Office | 0 comments

Setting up a home office

Make the most of what you have; a home office can be a room, or the corner of a room.

If you are not used to working from home, setting up a home office can be a daunting prospect. We’ve put together some points you should consider to help to get you going.

Pick your home office space

 First decide where in your house you want your home office to be.

If you have the space, it is great to be able to have a whole room as a home office. Turning a room into a home office or study allows you to literally close the door on your work space at the end of a day. It also means you have a very good amount of space to neatly lay out documents and equipment such as printers.

Having enough space to dedicate a whole room to working from home however is not always possible. The next best solution is to pick a section of a room and make that your home office. We’ve found that this is the most popular solution. Choosing furniture and shelving will allow you to have easy access to documents and hardware, and using wall and floor coverings will allow you to give your new home office space it’s own identify.

Give your chosen space its own identity

It’s important your home office space feels like it has it’s own identity. This is especially true for home offices that are part of an existing room. While sitting in your home office space, you need to feel like you are in work, not in your living room.

It’s important your home office space feels like it has it’s own identity. This is especially true for home offices that are part of an existing room. While sitting in your home office space, you need to feel like you are in work, not in your living room.

The quickest and easiest way is to give you home office it’s own identify is to give it a makeover so it feels different to the rest of your home. We don’t mean transform it into a carpet tiled corner with while walls, we mean give it a calming and organised identity.

If you have been able to dedicate a whole room to being a home office, you can go right ahead and make it the perfect home office space. Walls can be painted, or transformed easily using modern PVC panels. Floors should be comfortable yet practical. Remember a carpeted floor may cause office chairs to struggle, and tiles may be cold underfoot. Vinyl floors are not only easy to lay, they are also very practical day-to-day offering sound proofing and ease of maintenance.

If you have picked a full wall or corner of a room to make your home office, put up bold wall paper or wall panels to denote where your office space begins and ends. Within this area you can have shelving that is to only contain work documents or equipment. Next let’s consider the floor; much like the walls, it is important to denote where your office floor space begins and ends. Denoting your work area in this way will allow you to feel like you are stepping into and out of your office when you move to that area.

Choose comfortable and practical furniture

We recommend you avoid using makeshift furniture to setup your home office – a dining chair or the sofa will not be as comfortable as an office chair to work from all day. Avoid putting unnecessary strain on your body by investing in an appropriate desk and chair. Make sure you have everything you need within an easy reach – if you need a printer close by make sure it is on a shelf or cupboard not plonked on a few boxes or just on the floor. If you have an office space that is organised and productive, it will reflect in your work.

Keep your home office for work only

By denoting a space, or having a dedicated room, you can ensure that you keep your home office for just work. It is important to do this so you can be in work mode within this zone, and switch off from when you leave your work zone.

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