Find out how to plan your home office from storage and office furniture to aesthetics, electricals and floor planning. Effective planning of your home office will allow you to maximise your floor space and create a productive working environment
Working from home has many advantages and if you have a dedicated space that is well planned then it can be a real pleasure. What will you be doing in your office? This sounds like a strange question but its the most important one. Your very specific needs will determine what you have in your office.
Will there be any others working with you? Will you be receiving guests or clients in your home office? Do you want to be able to make and consume refreshments in your office? Tasks What jobs will you be doing? Making calls, working on the computer, designing, entertaining, selling, photocopying? The easiest way to plan is to run through a typical week (or expected week if your business is new) and write down everything you will be doing. This will help you to determine how you need to lay out your office so that you have the best work flow and determine the things that you will need to purchase in order for your to do your job effectively.
How much storage will you need? Will you be producing large amounts of paper that needs housing? Will you have lots of reference materials? Will you need quick, easy access to your things or will you only need access to them infrequently? Office Storage is crucial to help you stay organised and productive.
How do I want my office to feel? This is probably one of the most important questions. When you answer it all of the aesthetic choices you need to make will be much easier. Do you want your office to feel relaxed, lively, modern, traditional? Working in the right atmosphere for you will help you to feel more comfortable which will in turn help increase your productivity.
When you answer this question all your style decisions will be easy. If you want a relaxed atmosphere then you won’t be choosing red paint for the walls! If you want a traditional office you know that you will be looking for traditional chairs and wooden furniture. If you are looking for an on-trend fashion statement, you might consider a white wood desk, such as this white curved executive office desk and drawer set at £266 +vat.
Alternatively, you might want to opt for more traditional home office furniture We can help you with top quality hardwood home office furniture in ash and walnut with beautiful finishes and quality dovetail joints. We can offer white New England style home office desks, filing cabinets, bookshelves, etc through to solid darkwood (ash) desks to warm walnut pedestal desks and matching furniture.
Do you have natural lighting in your space? If not, how are you going to light your room? Studies have found that daylight bulbs are better for people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
Ventilation and Heating
Is your space well ventilated? If not, do you need to create more ventilation? Stuffy environments are not conducive to good work. Will you be warm enough? Do you need heating installed? Again, its very important that you are comfortable. People often use converted garages/sheds/cabins/conservatories as work spaces and these have not been designed for people to spend long work hours in.
You need to install enough power points so that you are not tempted to run several appliances off one power point. Work out what you need at the moment and where they need to go and add a few more points for future changes. Make sure points are easy to access. If they are not in the right places you may be tempted to trail extensions across the office.
You will of course, have to work to a budget. The best advice is to spend as much as you can afford on office chairs, desks and filling equipment as these will probably need to last you for a long time. The quality of chairs in particular is important because a good, adjustable, well chosen chair can be a pleasure to work from but on the other hand, a poor chair can cause all kinds of health problems. We have a good range of ergonomic office chairs which have multiple adjustments, choice of mesh, leather or fabric and can help you to be more productive!
This is essential. You will get the most from your office if you plan carefully in advance so that you have everything just as you need it. Take accurate measurements of the space that you have and draw out a basic floor plan on graph paper. As you decide on furniture you can also cut out basic shapes for these and see how you can fit everything in to best advantage. The plan can include any electrical points and will be useful if you need to work with electricians/plumbers.
Comfortable, well chosen chairs are vital if you are going to be spending long hours at a desk. Backache, repetitive stress injury, bursitis and exhaustion can all be caused by having the wrong chair at the wrong height for the work that you are doing.
This executive chair is ergonomic, with multiple adjustments, mesh back and padded seat and is only £147.50 +vat with free mainland UK delivery.
Think about the future
Are you planning to expand. Will you be employing people to work in your office? If so you need to take this into account during the planning stage. How much space will your employees be needing? How will they be accommodated? Will they need particular electrical points at their work station or will they just be on the phone?
Careful planning of your office will mean that you have an environment which supports you in your work. This means that it will be a pleasure to work in but it will also increase your productivity, too.