5 ways to improve your home office set up
The humble home office has been transformed from a ‘nice to have’ to a necessity in the last 12 months, and as we settle into the new year, many of us are processing the fact that this might not be a short term thing.
Our expectations around ways of working are shifting, and many of us are realising how much more productive we can be from home.
Online interior design firm, My Bespoke Room reported that in 2020 the number of home offices they designed went up by 70% compared to 2019. They also saw that investment in home offices increased by 45% in the same period as well as a huge number of requests to add in-home office zones within other rooms like kitchens and bedrooms.
We interviewed some of their designers for their top tips when designing a home office worthy of the 9 to 5.
Location, location, location
The first step is to find the perfect spot in your home to set up your new office.
We’d recommend positioning your desk in front of a window for three reasons: you get that all-important vitamin D, fresh air will keep you alert and you avoid any annoying glare on your screen. Not to mention it’s more flattering for zoom calls!
Privacy is also key. Having a dedicated space to shut out distractions and minimise household noise is ideal for a productive working environment.
However, many of us aren’t fortunate enough to have a room going spare in our homes and so we’re all finding creative solutions to carve out some space. Head of Design Lucy at My Bespoke Room notes: “I love the challenge of designing workspaces that can be incorporated within open plan living spaces. A great solution can be a bespoke desk concealed within a cupboard or pocket door at the end of the day.”
Fellow designer Rosie also adds not to forget transient spaces like in a generously proportioned landing or under the stairs. “Often spaces that are an afterthought tend to be excellent spaces to add a home office when space is limited.”