If you’re thinking you don’t have room for a home office, think again. A home office can be as spacious or compact as your working style allows and really requires little to function. The tips below will help you decide how to design your own to work or study from home.
Find the Space
The obvious choice for a home office is a little-used room. Do you have a den or formal dining room that’s original purpose just doesn’t fit your family’s lifestyle? So long as it has natural light and the ability to be separated from the rest of the home (you may need to add doors), these would be great places to create a home office. If these aren’t options for you, don’t worry, many people are building office/study spaces into their kitchen designs. Creative cabinetry choices make this easy. While you will almost certainly already have natural light in this room, it may not be possible to separate this area for peace and quiet so prepare to invest in some good noise-canceling headphones.
Once you think you’ve found a good space, you want to make sure that it can handle your technical needs. What equipment is necessary? Do you have enough outlets to safely support all of your equipment? Do you get cell service in this space? Working from home can be stressful and you want to make sure predictable technical issues don’t make it more so.
The new office is all about transitions. Stationary sit-down desks are a thing of the past. Now, with everything from standing to treadmill desks, the office is a place for physical and mental well-being. Have either multiple workspaces that allow you to move your body or a single transitional desk that can take you from seated to standing with the push of a button.