Home Office photo by Sean MacEntee

If you’re considering working from home, you can add a home office to keep the personal space separate from your business space. And you don’t even need a whole room to create a home office; a special place in a corner or in the garage, attic, den, sunroom, basement, or laundry room can be sufficient enough to be turned into your workspace and you can make it comfortable enough during the hours you plan to use it. When adding a home office, you can use those decorative items alone that would be ideal for a “real” office. Every office requires a work surface, storage space, adequate lighting and sufficient power points.

Location

Your home office should be away from the major traffic zones of the house so you can work in relative peace and quiet. However, that doesn’t mean you need to shut yourself off completely from your family. Keeping the office on a separate floor or quiet part of the house would help you stay close to your family but also ensure elimination of unnecessary distractions found in the hustle and bustle of the main living area.

Décor

You do not need to invest a lot in decorating your office, but make every effort to create a pleasant environment. Repairing those damaged ceiling tiles, applying a fresh coat of paint, and creating quirky touches such as an irregularly-shaped bookshelf can go a long way in helping you create an appealing workspace.

Lighting

Harsh, older-style fluorescent lamps are no longer a preferred choice for many work environments. Since lighting can make or break your home office, consider going for light bulbs that mimic the light spectrum of the sun.


You can opt for for tube-style lights, which use LEDs, and have them fixed to decorate your existing fluorescent fixtures. A window in your home office is essential as natural light will enter and enliven your workspace and help you stay focused at work.

Furniture Arrangement

Firstly, it is essential that you feel comfortable in your desk chair since you will be spending most of the day in it! Arrange your furniture so it is spaced out and your work area does not look cluttered and feel cramped. Avoid cramped corners in your work space to prevent the feeling of being stuck in a cubicle.   Prepare a list of the items you frequently need while working and make sure they are easily accessible from your workspace. Any important files that you need to access regularly should be located in a nearby file cabinet or shelving unit. Create a separate space for the equipment you rarely use so that your workspace works as efficiently as possible.

Phone

Your home office will of course need internet connectivity and a phone line. It’s a good idea to install a dedicated line for your business to ensure you don’t end up missing important client calls due to personal calls while at work.

Wire Management

Trailing wires look untidy and can be hazardous, so using the correct length wires and keeping them out of sight is an essential part of wire management. You can use black plastic tubing that would easily fit around your wires and hold them together.

Try working in the space where you are thinking of adding a home office. Analyze the comfort level and check your daily productivity before spending any money on remodeling your work space!