Recent COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we used to live. Most of us are staying at home and even working from home. Many of us don’t know when we can return to our office, and many of us are allowed to work from home for as long as we want. And that calls for a separate home office at your current home.
If you have been asked to work from your home, and the current setup at your home is not working well for you, then this may be the right time to create and set up a home office. Home is where we live and office is where we work. Both the places need to look a little different and therefore creating and setting up a separate home office may be the right solution.
If you are working from home and wondering about how to create a home office or set up a home office in your existing house, then here’s the post worth checking.
Today, in this post, I am sharing everything that will help you to create a home office and set it up correctly so that it can inspire, motivate and boost your productivity while you work from your home office.
Best tips to create and setup a home office
In order to create an office at your home, there are two options.
If you have a spare room, you can quickly rearrange the furniture and make small tweaking here and there, and convert it into a home office.
If you don’t have a spare room that can be re-arrange or renovated to make an office, then you have to build an extension inside your home or on the rooftop or wherever you have the space available that can be renovated and converted into a home office.
It actually depends on the layout of your house and the availability of the extra space you may have at your current home.
Whatever be the case, here are a few tips that will help you to create a home office easily and efficiently.
Think of the use case
Since you have been working in a professional office setup, you can easily figure out what works and what does not in your current office.
As you are setting up a home office, it must be the best and therefore it is important to plan how you want to use the space.
For instance, if you often take print outs, you need a printer closer to you, but if you rarely take print outs, then the printer can be placed at a different location.
Similarly, if you often make or receive phone calls, you need to ensure there is no noise and disturbance, but if you rarely make work calls, then that should not be an issue. If you plan to work constantly for many hours, then you need a sophisticated office chair to work comfortably.
So the very first thing that you got to do is to think of what is seriously important for you, and how you plan to use your home office.
The idea is to set up a home office that helps you to work efficiently, concentrate better, inspire you, and has no distraction.
And most importantly, you don’t want to spend too much money on something that looks fancy, but is not absolutely important. And therefore, you should plan everything well, especially how you are going to use your home office.
And once you know how you want to use the space, what is seriously important and what is nice to have features and amenities, you will be able to create and set up a home office easily and on budget.
Plan the layout for your office
Now that you know what you want and how you want your home office to look, it’s time to plan the layout. Whether you are using a spare room to set up a home office or you are creating or renovating an existing space into an office, you really can’t do much about the location of the space.
But you can definitely plan the layout according to your priorities and requirements.
There are a few things that are absolutely necessary like a work desk, comfortable chair, printer, storage etc. If you work on a laptop, then you may not need a huge office table, and therefore a small work desk should work well for you.
Now that you know what you want, it’s time to measure the available space and plan the layout in such a way that you have some empty space for easy movement inside the office.
You don’t want to over-stuff the space, just the necessary office accessories, a couple of nice and welcoming posters, a nice wallpaper or background to make video calls and you are good to go.
Light up the office space
Whether it’s your home or office, proper lighting can be crucial. And therefore, when creating or setting up your home office, you should pay a lot of attention to lighting. If the layout of the space allows, make sure you place the work desk near to the natural light source i.e. window.
When you face the window and get natural lights, you feel energized and charged up.
If there is no source of natural light in your room, then there is no other option but to install LED lamps. Whatever is the case, just look into it that you have enough light in your home office.
Setup internet and WiFi connections
Today, it’s impossible to think of work without proper internet connection and therefore this should be in the priority list of priority while creating a home office.
The best solution to get uninterrupted internet connectivity is to go for wired broadband connection. If you already have a wired broadband line at your home, then you can access the internet in your home office through the wifi.
But, if the wifi signal is not that strong in your home office, then you might need a wired connection to work without issues.
So check the connectivity on priority and make required arrangements for the internet.
Decorate your home office
Now that all the important and nice to have things are sorted, it’s time to make the space look good and efficient. Since it’s your own office, you can accessorize and decorate it to your taste and style.
So, here’s what you can do to make your home office look good.
- Add a couple of potted plants in your home office.
- Install a painting, art or poster that can inspire you and help you stay focused.
- You may also like to add an area rug to make the space comfortable and look beautiful.
- Installing a few inspiring posters or photo frames on one wall can be a great idea.
- Create an accent wall with a beautiful wallpaper or your favorite color.
- Make it clutter free i.e. don’t put anything that is not important or does not make your home office look good.
Decorating your office space is important, and as you are setting up your own office, you can take a little liberty and be yourself while decorating your office.
But, just be a little cautious to not overdo it, after all the office should look like an office.
Work from home has become a new normal, and for many of us, probably that’s how it’s going to remain in near future. If you are working from home, then you deserve a nice designed home office and we have already discussed a few simple tips and ideas on how to create and set up a home office easily and on budget.
While creating a home office, it is important to:
- Think of how you use your office
- Plan the layout for your home office
- Light up the home office
- Setup internet and wifi connections
- Decorate the home office space
If you already have an extra room then you can convert it into a home office, otherwise you may like to build an extension or renovate any other empty space. If you plan to build an extension in your existing house, make sure you comply with the local building code and regulation to avoid any hassles while creating your home office.
What else do you think one should keep in mind when creating and setting up a home office?
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