Last Updated on October 6, 2021
Home Office Setup: How to Design a Home Office
Are you finally thinking of setting up a proper home office? Well, with a year and a half of confinement within the four walls of our house and a reckless work-from-home routine, we’d say it’s about time!
But in case you’ve no idea where to begin & how to execute this successfully, we are happy you landed here.
Here, we have compiled a step-by-step guide on how to design a home office, along with a bit of reinforcement on why exactly is there a need for a home office? Let’s get to it!
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Home Office: Is it even necessary?
Now that is a very good question. Let’s refine it a bit more; Is home office necessary for you?
It surely is if you recognize yourself as someone who spends most of their days indoors earning their bread and butter. Or someone who works from the office three days a week and three days from home. A home office is one of your essential needs.
You need it to process things right and give your best performance when working. It also helps to self-disciple yourself at work.
A work-oriented environment will create a balance between family time and work time. Thus, reducing stress and directing your focus towards constructive activities.
What’s more, a home office eliminates commuting expenses. And it makes it more convenient for you to be available to your clients.
Even if you do not work from home for a single day (but have a stable job), we recommend you set up a home office. Why?
Well, it serves as your emergency office in times of need. It also helps you cope with additional tasks, which may have you working late in the night.
As mentioned earlier, having a dedicated space boosts productivity twice as much. You need not be as elaborate about it as the details given in the guide below. But you can always set up a minimalistic office space that meets your work’s basic needs.
Step #1: Allocate a Space
Perhaps, the very first step towards designing your home office is allocating a space. Undeniably it is not only the first but also the most significant step of all. Why? Well, because the location of your home office is the key to its design. It eventually impacts the steps to come.
If, by chance, you’re fortunate, you could use a whole room! But if not, you can even do it in a quiet corner of a room. The goal is to have a separate and quiet space with ample space for the furniture and accessories mentioned below. Also, you should be able to sit, stand, and walk around a bit.
Some standard measurements given by professional designers are as follows:
- Width: 150 cm (60 inches)
- Depth: 210 cm (84 inches)
Step #2: Arrange a Desk
Next, you need to get yourself a decent working desk. It brings about the height you need for your laptop or desktop. And it provides you ample space to place your work essentials like printer, papers, stationery, and other stuff. By industry standards, an average home office desk should have a height of 29 inches.
Note that there are plenty of different types of home office desks available in the market. These include:
- Folding Desks
- Mid-Century Modern Desks
- Sit and Stand Desks
- Standing Desks
- Floating Desks
You need to pick one for yourself depending on your needs, available space, your comfort needs, etc. For example, you should opt for folding desks if you’ve got minimal space and need this home-office space for other purposes too. You can wind up your home office anytime you like.
Step #3: Arrange an Ergonomic Chair
Along with a proper home office desk, you also need an ergonomic chair. Sitting all day long in your office chair can lead to severe health problems if it does not have an ergonomic design.
By definition, ergonomic translates to anything that possesses an efficient and comfortable design, particularly for the working environment. In terms of chairs, it refers to office chairs that come with lumbar support, height adjustability, comfort arm and neck rests, and appropriate seat depth. With appropriate features, they cut down the potential damage to your back (spine), hips, arms, and neck.
Step #4: Setup Proper Lighting
One major aspect that most of us often miss out on when setting up our home office is the lighting setup. A proper lighting setup is necessary for your zoom calls and for an increased productivity rate. How so?
Well, according to this resource, the low-lit environment can practically strain your eyes and head. Thus, causing headaches and lowering your productivity rate. Similarly, a brightly lit working environment contributes to better moods and improved work performance.
To set up the perfect lighting for your home office, assess the natural light in the particular space. If it’s good enough, install lamps and lights (preferably LED) for nighttime. And if it’s not, then we recommend layered lighting.
Step #5: Add in Plants
Working from your home office can seriously deprive you of the fresh breeze outside. You might want to bask in the sun, but the brick walls will keep you deprived of the wonders of nature outside.
To compensate and make up for that, we recommend adding up fresh plants in your home office. They give a refreshing feel and cool the atmosphere. Some popular types of indoor plants include snake plants, spider plants, peace lily, and pothos.
If maintenance is an issue, then you can go for artificial pots of plants too. They look equally aesthetic and alive.
Step #6: Cords & Connectivity
Lastly, work a bit on tackling the cords that seem to interrupt the flow of your work. Ensure that you keep your tech gear near the power outlets, so the cords are not swimming about on your table and everywhere. In this way, it will be easier to connect the cords and disconnect them. Thus, it saves on electricity and your devices’ lifespan as you won’t procrastinate plugging them off.
Another way of freeing your desk space from unsightly cords is to use fabric cover cords. You can also use adhesive hooks, staple guns, zip ties, and Velcro. You can even use this pegboard strategy introduced by Becky, wherein you can hide your cords behind the pegboard. For installing the pegboard, you can use adhesive clips and Velcro. And on the front face, you can store your office and craft supplies.
Internet connectivity is a huge thing to consider when setting up your home office in the loft. A standard, conventional router may not have the capability to provide coverage to your devices. Having a more powerful router or a direct ethernet connection may solve the problem. Alternatively, upgrading your broadband provider could be the key to powering your home office with high-speed internet. Broadband Genie has a guide to broadband for your home office that will make the transition easy.
Summing up, designing your home office is more of a fun process as you can define your work environment without any brand mission/vision becoming your obstacle. Design it the way you please and fall in love with your work life and routine! Also, our step-by-step guide sketches your home office’s starting point. Don’t be shy in taking a step ahead and incorporating your personal touches and creativity!