5 tips for setting up a great home office workspace
Can you ensure maximum productivity when working from home? Or are you distracted by clutter, noise, household chores…or 100 other things?!
In the first of our two-part blog, we share our top tips to creating the ideal home workspace to ensure home and work life can run in harmony! If you’re working from home or are about to start, you need to consider the practicalities of setting up a workspace which is comfortable and efficient.
It’s possible to spend over £20,000 for a top of the range home office, but it makes more sense to start with something a little more economical. You don’t want to spend your profits before you’ve made them!
Follow these five tips to get started on creating the perfect home office workspace. We will reveal the following 5 in our next blog:
Planning is key in creating a great workspace:
1. Can home and work mix? Ideally, you will have a spare room, but many people use a corner in another room of the house. Others fit an office under the stairs. It’s possible to convert your loft or build a garden office if money’s no object. Technology means workspaces can be much smaller than previously.
2. Silence is golden. Will other people be at home during your working hours? If so, you need to be as far away from noise disturbance as possible. Young children don’t understand a “Do Not Disturb” notice. You should also consider privacy and client confidentiality if you share your home.
3. Simplicity is best. Aiming for a paperless office will mean more space for you and is better for the environment.
4. Ergonomics. Make efficiency and comfort your priority – consider lighting and whether backrests, footrests or wrist pads would be beneficial. Place your equipment where it will save bending. Spend as much as you can afford on a really comfortable chair – this should prevent any tendency to lie on the sofa with your laptop…
5. Furniture. You may already have suitable furniture or you could consider buying secondhand and repurposing it. You could try refurbished office furniture companies or retailers such as Ikea. For about £300 you can buy a workstation which very neatly looks like a cupboard when closed.
It’s almost time to sit back and enjoy your workspace and the exciting prospect of working from home.
In the second of our two-part blog we share five more tips to setting up the ideal home office, that includes how aesthetics can increase your productivity and what happens when you need to have a client meeting.
What works for you? We’d love to hear your tips so please leave us a comment.
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