Turn that awkward space into a home office

The pandemic has completely redefined how we work. Companies were forced to quickly adapt to having employees work from home, and most organisations realised that a hybrid way of working has a lot of benefits. This means that most people can now choose between working in the office or working remotely, and for most of us that means working from home a couple of days a week. But how do you do that when you don’t have the space or budget for a dedicated home office? Does that mean you can’t create a functional and stylish workspace? 
In this article we will provide you with some tips for creating a functional workspace in big or small spaces, considering different budgets and styles. Read on!

Designing and furnishing your home office requires careful planning and thought. Here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Define the purpose of your office. What type of work will you be doing? Is it for a home-based business, or for remote desk work? This will help determine the type of furniture and equipment you need.

2. Choose a quiet, well-lit area in your home. Preferably a room in which there is enough space to comfortably accommodate all the furniture and equipment you need.

3. Think about the layout of your office space. Be sure to allow enough room for walking around.

4. Select furniture and equipment that is comfortable and ergonomic. This will help you stay productive and avoid common desk related pains while working long hours.

5. Invest in good lighting, both natural and artificial. This will help reduce eye strain and fatigue while working.

6. Add personal touches to your office space to make it feel like your own. Include items that inspire you and make you feel motivated.

Assuming you have a spare room in your house, the first step is to clear out the clutter and designate the space as your office.

If you don’t have a spare room, a quiet corner will do. Here are some ideas for maximising the potential of small and otherwise unused spaces in our home. 

Use shelves as desks

Floating desks are a popular item. They can make a room feel bigger, and you only need to purchase one desk. However, they’re not the cheapest option. You can create a desk out of a shelf. This will cost much less. If you use an L-shaped shelf, it will be perfect for working on two computers or sharing with another person in the office. 

Under the stairs

under the stairs

If Harry Potter could have a bedroom under the stairs, why can’t you have an office? Making an office under the stairs is a great way to make the most of your space. You can either use it as storage or make it into a full-fledged office. 

corner desk

A corner desk is perfect for people with a small space. Instead of wasting the extra space, you can make it work for you by adding a corner desk. Corner desks typically have two sides that are used as desks and the other two are used as storage. This maximizes the use of your small space since it gives you the opportunity to store things like books, remotes, and other items in the nooks created by those corners.

make the most of your loft

If you have a loft, it may seem like a waste of space to use the area for anything other than storage. However, you can use the space to create an office area. Converting your loft into an office is a great way to use your space. You might need to make some minor modifications like installing boards for the floor and ceiling or adding a door. Make sure you get creative with your design! 

shed office

If you live in a house and have a big outside area, you can create an office in your garden! Across the UK we’re seeing more and more shed conversions, and the great thing about this is that you can completely customise it. 

Once you have your space, it’s time to focus on the essentials: a desk, a comfortable chair, good lighting, and storage. With these essentials in place, your home office is ready for business!

With a knack for interior design, Joanne often gives her input into the redesign of the properties that we repair to make sure they end up looking even better than they did before the damage occurred. From helping clients pick wall colours and furniture, to helping them completely redesign their layout to make the most of the available space, there’s no doubt that Joanne’s personal touch is a crucial element in AIR’s success. 

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