Many home business owners get started in a tiny corner of the home with furniture and equipment they already have. While this allows for a quick, affordable startup, over time, it can impact business growth. The reality is, your home office design plays a role in your productivity and energy.
Here are some things to consider when selecting the location and design of your home office as well as ideas for layouts.
CHOOSE THE PERFECT LOCATION
Your first decision will be to figure out where to locate your workspace. Wherever you situate your office, make sure it has a door for times when you need to talk privately on the phone or work without interruption.
DECIDE A ROOM STYLE
Consider the look you want for the room. Traditional, contemporary, industrial and eclectic styles are just a few of the options. Perhaps your office will be the place where you cut loose and display some quirky style.
Roomy U-shaped desks offer a great deal of workspace and storage area in a relatively contained space. Three separate sections of desk with a chair in the middle mean one side can be used for meetings.
L-SHAPED AND CORNER
These versatile desk types can fit in rooms large and small. They allow you to work on a computer facing one direction, then turn in your chair to talk on the phone or do paperwork on the other side.
Single-sided desks may be called writing desks, computer desks, office desks or executive desks. They can be a slim desktop on legs, a countertop built into a nook or a heftier model outfitted with drawers and cabinets.
Sit-stand and standing desks have grown in popularity as health professionals have warned against spending too much time sitting down. When shopping for an adjustable desk, look for one that’s stable and moves smoothly as you adjust the height.
Custom cabinetry uses space efficiently and can be tailored to your needs. An architect, an interior designer, a contractor or a cabinetmaker can help you get it built.
DESIGN YOUR WORKSTATION
If you can splurge on only one thing in your office, make it your workstation. This is the place where the rubber meets the road every day. Tailor your setup so that it encourages good posture.
Choose a comfortable chair with wheels, a swiveling seat, good lumbar support and controls that let you adjust every component for height, width, depth and tilt.
BUILT-IN STORAGE SPACE
The paperless office is not yet a reality for many. Even with computer storage on hard drives and in the cloud, there may be paper documents to file or keep on hand. Older records are not always digitized.
If your office work at home is limited to tasks like checking email, paying bills and filing paperwork, a small desk in a kitchen nook or bedroom is probably all you need. But if you work from home all or some of the time, or spend long hours at the computer on projects or schoolwork, you’ll need a more sophisticated office setup.