You don’t need to be a remote worker to need an office in your home, there are a plethora of reasons why you may need a professional looking space.
It could be a space to do work, get creative with hobbies or simply a designated area to use the computer. If you’re looking to build a mini office in your home, we have some tips for you.
The first thing to do is to decide where you want your office to be. You may have a spare room in your home, which is a great space for building your home office. If this isn’t an option, find a space in your home which can house a desk and make an office ‘zone’. You could always use a room divider to do so, as this will help create a designated area separate from the rest of the home.
Your choice of desk is really important for many reasons; it can help with your posture, ensure the screen is in the right place for your eyes and also help with mental health. If you associate work with sitting on the sofa using a laptop, you may struggle to get relaxed in that area when not doing work. Having a desk can also improve concentration – a designated space can help keep you focused. Don’t forget to choose a desk chair which has good back support, as you may be sitting for hours each day.
When it comes to choosing a desk, consider if you also want the option to be able to stand and work. A standing desk has an abundance of benefits, such as:
- Reduces weight gain and obesity
- Reduces back pain
- Improve mood and energy levels.
Every office needs a good set up. Consider using two screens to increase productivity, as there are a number of benefits to doing so; you’ll gain the ability to use multiple programmes simultaneously and have the option to connect a laptop to allow for mobility. Another essential to your office set up is investing in a good quality printer. Choosing a laser printer that uses toner is beneficial as there is minimal waste and also has a reduction in recurring supply costs.
4. Choose a storage wall
Storage is essential for every office. A shelving unit situated above the desk is a fantastic solution to add storage without taking up any floor space. It means you will have a designated place to keep files and documents without taking up an entire room. If you do dedicate a whole room to your new office, you can add more storage, and maybe even a sofa for a comfy area where you can take regular screen breaks and relax.
Lighting your office is important for your health and productivity. Be sure to have some natural light as it’s one of the best lights to boost moods and wellbeing. Once you have a good natural light source, be sure you have a good overhead light, if this is on the dim side and you require more light, look at adding a desk lamp.
When it comes to building your mini home office, be sure to think about the practical elements as well as your wellbeing.