Whether your home office is designated space for running a business, your remote workspace or simply a nook for paying bills and organizing your schedule, you deserve more than a metal desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. Why? An office that reflects the design and comfort of the rest of your home is a place you'll want to burn the midnight oil.
Step 1: Find Your Space
You'll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don't stiff yourself on space. Maybe your home office space is a spare room or standalone loft — if so, skip right to step two. For many, finding home office space is not that simple. Think outside the box in your home. Look for corners, nooks, or any unused space you might not even realize you have.
If you live in a region that commonly has attics or basements, utilize that space and create a working wonderland. It is far too often that attic and basement spaces become storage space for junk you don’t need. Clean them out and start planning your dream office.
Also, consider traffic flow and your ability to withstand distractions. Do you work best in the thick of activity, or should your office be tucked away in a quiet space? If clients will be stopping by, a private space with ample seating is a must
Step 2: Don't Sacrifice Form for Function
Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional.
Home office furniture should complement other rooms in your house instead of screaming "soulless cubicle." If your home has traditional decor, warm wood and soft, comfy chairs or a loveseat are ideal if you have the space. A contemporary home office can feature artistic pieces or modern metal furniture.
Step 3: Invest in a Great Chair
You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.
Step 4: Give Yourself a View
Position the desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall (even if you do love the color) when you glance up from the computer. A window's natural light is ideal, but if you're in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk, or position your chair to face the door.
Step 4: Master Your Technology
There's not much you can do to beautify the computer, printer and phone, but you can hide unsightly cords. Start by making sure your equipment is close to outlets and easy to access if you need to unplug. Encase cords on the desk in a fabric cord cover, and feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that's attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.
Step 5: Inspire Yourself
Set up a mini-shrine — a few cherished knickknacks, a piece of framed art, a special photo on your desk — that motivates you to create and/or get the work done so you can get out of there. A print of Paris can channel your inner muse, or a photo of your children might remind you that you're doing it all for them.
However you decide to transform your space, focus on creating a place that brings you joy and fosters creativity. Once you accomplish that, everything else will fall into place.