As we begin to see a way out of the coronavirus pandemic, society keeps talking about ‘the new normal’. Undoubtedly, our professional and personal lives will look very different for the foreseeable future, and it seems like remote working and working from home will continue to play an important role in this newly altered world.
The lockdown proved that remote working can actually be a real-world option for most businesses, and just like social media giant Twitter, many companies are making the shift to less on-site work.
If you are one of the many still working from home and plan to do so for the foreseeable future then now is the time to seriously consider what your needs are for juggling home and work life in the same space. Whether it’s a case of carving out a corner of your living room for a hot desk space or revamping your spare room into a full-time office, follow these tips to ensure you are making the perfect home office for your needs.
A real perk of working from home is that you can make your space truly representative of you. Say goodbye to stuffy offices with overhead lighting and say hello to chalkboard walls, mood boards and your favourite art. Just like with the rest of your home, your office should be designed and decorated to suit your tastes and give you the inspiration and motivation to make the most of every day. Think of this as a fun opportunity to really express yourself. Who says your office can’t have a hot pink wall?! Try bold colour combinations and eclectic decor like fun textures and a mix of canvas prints.
Think about storage
If you are using your office regularly then it’s likely to be filled with paper, files and books, so considering your storage options is crucial. A well-designed storage system will make your space appear neat, tidy and clutter-free. Try contemporary floating shelves for items you would like to display, or hidden filing systems for folders and files you want to be tidied away. Large painted bookcases can also be used for your books and files, whilst looking beautiful and doubling up as a great backdrop for all those Zoom calls! Our new range of home office furniture features limitless options for storage, all with soft close doors as standard, creating a blissfully peaceful office space.
Make space for electronics
Every modern office is equipped with laptops, printers, scanners and all manner of electrical items, much of which won’t conform to your beautiful design scheme. Some great storage solutions can help here, as well as some nifty design work. The first step when integrating tech is to hide messy cabling; try bespoke cabinets, cupboards and sideboards with added cable management that can connect your tech to your power socket without any sight of messy cables. Smaller offices can also benefit from clever solutions such as hideaway desks, which allow you to hide your computer by the simple close of a sliding drawer.
Make Yourself at Home
Forget the dated break room and water-cooler – when your office is your home you have the added perk of being able to create a comfortable corner in your beautiful new space. This can be as simple as a favourite armchair with a cosy throw, and for added luxury add an ottoman and coffee table for those moments when you just need to put your feet up. Research proves that we need to take moments throughout the day to step away from our screens and have a break to really achieve our best, so don’t forget to give yourself space to do this in your home office. This will also minimize the chance of getting distracted by the inevitable chores (aka distractions) in the rest of your home during the workday!
Many of us have been working on our dining room chairs for the past few months, and we can all vouch that they are not designed for such consistent use. Treat your body well with ergonomically designed items in your home office. A good quality desk chair will reduce your chance of injury and increase your comfort, all of which helps you stay productive and focused. If you find yourself hunched over your laptop then raising up your monitor will help relieve your aching back, as can ergonomic mouse pads and wrist rests for keyboards.
The home office range from Kingswood at Home is designed with your needs in mind and can be customised to suit your exact requirements, even down to the depth of the desk and the height of your monitor, all created to the highest standard. Get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help you achieve your dream home office.