With the majority of the workforce opting to work from home, the need for a home office is essential in any home setting. Your abandoned guest room, which hasn’t seen visitors for quite a while, can make a splendid working space.
You may not have the financial capacity or budget to hire a professional space planner but there are plenty of ways to create a good working space a home without burning your hard-earned cash.
We’ll give you a couple of ideas, and all you have to do it let your imagination wander and get you thinking.
Before you resort to throwing away your old squeaky-raggedy-dusty looking furniture and equipment, you may want to consider giving them a new face-lift. Alternatively, you could say a rebirth.
Here’s how you can turn your wasted space into a great home office:
Creating Your New Home Office
Know where your space is.
For those of you who are fortunate enough to have an extra room, setting up your office space won’t be hard.
An important aspect of having a good – NO! great home office is the utilization of the space at hand. It can be in a closet, stair landing, or simply a deserted corner in your living room.
Efficiency is the term that screams out when finding a dedicated home office space. Your area shouldn’t inconvenience you from performing other homely functions like changing diapers.
Stick to your created plan.
Although it’s tempting to shift pieces of furniture around until you get the desired fit, it can be frustrating.
For a start, you should measure your floor. Create a floor plan and measure. Then you’ll need to set your mind right to come up with a setting that works out for you.
You have everything laid out, set, what’s next? How do you start to design a home office?
Setting up your room/space.
You’ll need to clear out the space of furniture to give prepare the room or space for a fresh coat of paint. After you’re done with the room, it’s time for the furniture to come in. But before they do, you’ll need to sand (if they’re relic) and apply a fresh coat of paint.
The first thing you ought to consider is your working surface. The choice of your desk depends on the type of work/job you’re going to undertake. If you have a free room, then you can opt for a large desk.
What if you’ve limited space? There are plenty of options for creative desks for small spaces.
Your desk can be either in an isolated corner, closet or even your kitchen. Some examples include:
– Double angular dip desk – where the desk below is separated with an angular dip to hold you stacks of papers and books
– Floating desk – just slap a piece of wood on a space that you want it to rest on your space
– Electrically adjustable standing desk – this can be implemented with linear actuators to shift the desk from sit to stand mode
The options are endless…; you just have to know what suits you.
This is the third important thing after setting up your room or space. There’re a couple of office storage ideas that you may consider making your office professional and homely.
Here are some great examples to get you thinking:
Storage boxes – your old storage boxes can come in handy in the storage of stationery, cords and other equipment. To keep everything organized, you can use paper labels for each box.
Metallic filling cabinets – perhaps not a beauty but they can play a very important role in storing your files. You’ll need an MDF and timber molding to give it a stylish look.
Old portrait/art – this can be turned into a blackboard so you wouldn’t need to buy a whiteboard. All you’ll need is MDF and chalk paint and you have your board for a to-do list(s) and reminder(s).
Glass jars – they can be used to store your pens, pencils, paper clips, and rubbers.
Open shelves – you can use them to store your magazines and books. To keep them in order, you can separate them with your old pieces of art.
Mail organizer – bills, invoices, and mail can be placed all together in your not needed basket(s) which may hang anywhere in your room or space. It can be a metallic or woven option.
Box shelves – these are also an excellent addition to your space for your books, papers and/or files.
Ok. So that’s done. What if you have a free or spare bedroom?
How do you convert bedroom to home office?
A home office in your spare bedroom can prove a lifesaver in the sense that it saves you from those taxes. You also get a sense of tranquility when working away from those annoying kids, having a telephone conversation with a prospective client.
Turning your bedroom into office isn’t a costly process.
You just have to plan well and have a clear idea in mind. The rest comes naturally and will blend and mix with what you’ve chosen.
And to conclude…
If you’re considering creating a home office for yourself, you may at least consider taking into consideration what’s been mentioned above. Whether you have the monies or you are on a shoestring budget, you can realize your home office project.