One of the benefits of #Workstyle, working from home, flexible working, or running your own business from home is that you have carte blanche to create the home office of your dreams. There is a space in your home waiting to get your attention (even if it is under the stairs, in a corner of your bedroom or in the garden shed).
Determine your office vibe
Close your eyes. Envision the type of workspace that would inspire you to want to come to your office every day. What colour are the walls? Vibrant or calm? Is there storage? What music or podcast is piping out of the speakers? Is your furniture style traditional? Vintage and cosy? Modern and minimalist? California cool? Industrial? Country charm?
Find a space that works with your life(style)
Even if you have to downsize that dream of having a fainting couch or billiard table at hand for brainstorming sessions or blowing off steam, do not let that stop you from thinking big or thinking outside the box on converting available space to an office of your dreams.
Your office ‘space’ has to work with your lifestyle (i.e., sharing space with an office mate/partner, mobility, homeschooling children, Zoom calls, podcasting or recorded interviewing, etc.). This is especially tricky if you share a space with a fellow working-from-home partner. Sometimes the office can get crowded. One ‘office buddy’ may be on a Zoom meeting with seven other people. The other may be trying to teach and entertain a group of children via Teams. This means you and your office partner may have to create an additional area of the house for occasional calls or online meetings that require quiet.
If two or more of you are working from home, then extra spots may be required. One way around this is to use room dividers or screens, which can immediately hide your private surroundings, which might be a bedroom, kitchen, sitting room (or a pile of toys or dirty laundry). Some of you may be content with just a virtual Zoom background, but if you use this extra space often, then it should have the dedication it deserves, with a small desk, a comfortable chair and screen.
Divide and conquer
Screens and dividers are available to purchase in a variety of styles and price points at retailers including B&Q, Amazon, Pricehunter, Sweetpea & Willow and Wayfair. There is always the option to build a screen of your own design or look for one on Gumtree and refurbish it if it needs a pick-me-up.
Light up the room
Lighting is essential, especially for those early birds and night owls.
Table for Two or More?
You can easily create a desk for two or more by using an old dining table or even a refurbished garden table. Accompany the table with chairs or benches with cushions on either side.
Chairman of the bored?
Not all office chairs need to be basic or utilitarian, choose one for comfort and style that matches your office vibe. Hammocks are optional.
No matter your home office style, there should always be an element of fun – it’s your office, your rules, the sky’s the limit. Fancy dress Fridays? Mellow music Mondays?