Lately, there has been an increase in the number of people working remotely. Even though you may be in your own home, you still require a proper working space. Here is what you can do to create one.
Select the right area
Before you start the transformation, you need to select the area with the most potential. The first thing you are looking for is an area with the smallest number of distractions. This should be a place where you can focus on your work. Find the place where you will not be disturbed by your family members and which does not have access to some of your favorite entertainment features.
A built-in office
A built-in office is a practical solution to save space in your small home. Look for a niche, an awkward corner, or a cupboard you can spare. You only need a width of about 3 feet and you will be able to fit in comfortably. Depending on your skill level, you can do it yourself, or hire a carpenter which can make custom furniture to fit the space. You can go by with as little as a desk and get a rolling chest of drawers to fit underneath, or some open shelves to install above the desk.
A bedroom/living room office
Another home office solution is redecorating your bedroom or lounge area so as to accommodate a workstation. Different spots mentioned in the previous paragraph can also be found in one of these areas. If you are remodeling a cupboard, you can even use the door to leave the office behind you once you are done working. Alternatively, blend it in with the rest of the room, so it is not stand out. Use minimalistic furniture and make extensions of the existing furniture, such as a desk incorporated in a line of cupboards.
The chair might be the most important piece of the furniture for your home office. You will probably spend hours on it, off and on, so you need it to be comfortable. A proper office chair may be too clunky and seem out of place, particularly in a bedroom. This is why you should probably look for comfortable, but not strictly office chairs. A well-designed dining chair might be a better fit.
Occasionally, you will probably need to meet your clients in a video call. If you are going to do this, you cannot afford to have a bed or a kitchen cupboard in the background. When it is possible, set up your workstation to back a wall or a window. Alternatively, use an open bookshelf as a separator between the office and the rest of the home.
Organizing the office space
A small office calls for smart storage solutions. We have already mentioned using a chest of drawers underneath the desk and shelves above it. If you do not have enough space for drawers, you can use stackable letter trays. Also, decorative baskets on your open shelves can provide hidden storage for your stationery. Spokespeople from Display Me remind us that standard office solutions such as boards and display shelves are not specifically reserved for offices and can be used in a home setting. A corkboard or a whiteboard can be a great way of holding your notes or organizing your schedule.
If you have a window in the room you are remodeling, that is excellent. If you do not, you need to have sufficient lighting to keep yourself productive. Using new white LED lights could keep your office as lit as it would have been with a window in place.
You can work anywhere in your home but having designated space will make you more productive. Find the right spot and invest in a couple of features to create a top working environment to help your business thrive.
About The Author
Steven Clarke is a business consultant, DIY enthusiast and a regular contributor to several websites. He loves to to share his ideas, experiences and meaningful content that educates and inspires people. When not working on new projects, Steven likes to spend time with his daughter in the great outdoors.