If you’ve been working remotely from the kitchen table or on the couch for months, you’re probably ready for a better workspace. But before you start remodeling your spare room, you should have a clear understanding of what you need in your home office to be productive and happy during the workday.
Ask yourself these questions to set yourself up for success at work and ensure you invest your time and money wisely.
Does my office need to multitask?
It’s important to be realistic about your needs when designing your home office. If your office needs to double as something else, find an effective way to separate your office from the room’s other function to help yourself stay focused.
For example, if your home office will serve as a guest room whenever relatives visit, adding a Murphy bed could be the perfect solution. It will give you the option of putting the bed away when your guests leave so your office is just an office. If your home office is going to double as a gym, keep your desk on one side of the room and the workout equipment on the other. You can take this a step further by adding a curtain or a partition.
What inspires me?
As you’re planning your home office, think about what helps you stay productive and relaxed. Do you like having special photographs or print outs of your dream vacation spot on display for extra motivation? Will neutral colors keep you calm and focused or will brighter colors energize you throughout the day? Finding a way to incorporate what you love in your home office will help you thrive.
What do I need to stay organized?
Don’t let papers, office supplies, and other items you store in your home office pile up. Figure out in advance what you need to stay organized.
To keep track of your papers, maybe you need folders, trays, or a binder. If you know that you’ll need to store lots of office supplies and equipment, you may need to upgrade the closet in your office. Or maybe you want shelves by your desk so the items you use most often are always nearby and easy to spot. If you’re ready to start planning your home office, reach out to your local More Space Place today. We design custom desks, closets, and other storage solutions for home offices. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation!