Working from home affords you some great advantages and freedoms, and you can make the most of your independent venture by creating the best possible workspace. Set yourself up with a comfortable space that allows you to be productive and shut out the many distractions of home life. If you don't have a whole room that you can dedicate to a home office, look for possibilities around your home - turn a corner of your lounge into a workspace, for example. You just need to make smart furniture choices and set some ground rules. Consider storage and surface space, as well as location, lighting and décor.
Here are 5 creative home office redesign ideas to help you plan a creative and practical workspace in any environment.
Re-paint and decorate
Re-decorating your office space will make it feel like new. If it's possible to paint or wallpaper, do it as it's the most effective way to transform a space. Choose a bold accent colour and continue to use it for accessories and feature walls. Creating an invigorating and fun space will help you to enjoy the time you spend in it. Folders, cushions, pen pots and boxes in shades similar or complimentary to your colour scheme will create a cohesive, harmonious space to keep you focused. Be sure to choose a colour that fits with the theme of your work and makes you want to use the space. You're going to be spending a lot of time here so decorate it with as much thought as you would give the rest of your home.
Working in the same area for too long can make it a dull and tedious place to be. If you find yourself getting bored, try moving the position of the desk or shuffling around the shelves to change it up. The best thing for productivity is a clean, sleek and light office space. Do you need more light? Maybe there's an area by a window that provides more natural light that you can take advantage of. Ideally, you'll have a view to keep you inspired but not distracted. This will make the space feel more open and it is also proven to reduce stress level as it reminds us of the outside world. If you don’t have a spare room for an office you can transform an empty corner. Choose a corner computer desk to make the most of the space and you have the perfect work are that doesn’t take up too much room.
Use clever storage to keep the space tidy and organised. There’s nothing worse than a messy workspace and it won’t help with your productivity. Organise your work into files and keep them separate so that you know exactly where everything is. A cleaner and less cluttered workspace will ensure more work and better efficiency. If you do not have the space to place shelves next to your desk, build upwards. Install your storage onto the walls above the desk. Shelves are great for keeping things tidy and organised and you can decorate any left-over space with accessories or photos of your loved ones to remind you of why you’re working.
If you live with family or roommates, be clear that when you are in your office space, they know you are working. Just because you do not commute to a place of work, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve an undisturbed place to carry out your work. Choose work hours that are most feasible with the flow of the rest of the house. And impose some rules on yourself too - bar any personal stuff during a set time and stick to it!
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves why we're doing the long hours and mountains of work. Set up an inspiration area on your desk; you could use a pin board for images or quotes that motivate you. Perhaps use a picture of your next holiday destination or whatever you may be saving up for to keep you on the right track. This way, every time you enter your office space, you will know exactly why you are there. Assuming that the love of your job itself isn't enough!