How to create a home office

If you work from home, it is really important to set up proper office space. It’s vital that you can separate work from home life.  With some careful planning it is possible to create a practical work area with the necessary storage, desk space and room for computers, even if you only have a small space available to use.

There is enough room under these stairs for a home office area.

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Here are some practical and design ideas on how to create a home office.

First you need to decide where best to put your office.  When you first start working from home, you may set up your office in an obvious place: a spare bedroom, guest room or loft space. But would you actually be better off in another room, there could be a better place?  For example, if you rarely use your dining room or formal living room, perhaps consider setting up shop in one of those rooms.

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A cabinet can be used to hide a printer, sliding trays for office supplies and labeled containers for easy filing.

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A designated work space is even more important if you operate a small business from home.  If you work full-time from your home, you’re going to be spending as much time in your office as you do in the rest of the house. Don’t treat your working space as a second-class accommodation – give it the importance it deserves.  This office provides a clever work area for a small team.

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One important consideration is ensuring you can switch off when you’re not working. For this reason, it’s a bonus if you can shut the door on your office and “leave” work.  This  gorgeous office has been designed with sliding doors to save space.

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Try out different spaces before deciding exactly where you’re going to be working.  You will need sufficient power supply for electronic equipment and make sure that the space doesn’t get too hot or too cold.

Another important point to consider is to make sure that there is enough natural light and task lighting.

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For more home office ideas or help with any interiors advice, contact our Bespoke Interiors Design Team by email for more information.

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