When you’re designing a home office, you need to keep the word ‘home’ in your mind. For sure, it’s an office and therefore a workplace, but it is in your home and you need to make sure that it blends in as much as possible.
There are many types of office furniture these days that are specifically designed for home offices in particular. They are less commercial in appearance and have a more streamlined and “cosy” look to them. But, they don’t restrict comfort either - you need to be comfortable and supported during the time you’re working, whether you’re at home or in the regular office environment.
So, if you’re looking to design a home office and you're not sure where to begin, let’s check out a few things to avoid.
Don’t Think You Can Sit at Your Kitchen Table Or Sofa
You cannot. At least, not if you don’t want to have serious backache. Home office design isn’t about just sitting wherever there is space. You need to have a dedicated area that is going to help you become productive but also ensures your comfort and support throughout the day.
Don’t Make it Stand Out as an Office
Your home office can blend in to your home surroundings. For sure, if you have a spare room that you don’t need, you can make that an office and close the door on it at the end of the day. That will help you to keep a definite line between your home and working lives. But, if you don’t have that space, you can easily create a blended in office look, without making it appear seriously commercial.
Don’t Assume You Need a Huge Desk
Your office desk doesn’t need to be huge. In fact, you simply need just enough space to do whatever you need to do. Your home office doesn’t have to be as large as your regular commercial one. There are some very attractive home office desks that are streamlined and even corner desks which look fantastic and are very functional. You also don’t need a huge amount of office storage either.
Don’t Assume You Need to Spend a Fortune
When designing a home office, you really don't need to splash the cash. Of course, if you want to, you can do so, but if you don't want to, it’s still entirely possible to create a space that’s everything you need it to be without going way over your budget.
Creating a home office can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. Bear these ‘don’ts’ in mind and you’ll side step major issues.