Working from home offers numerous benefits, as well as certain drawbacks. For those who are also caring for children while working from home, having a functional workspace is critical to success. The following tips are offered by Quality Craftsmen to help design and create the perfect (and productive) home office.
Make the Most of What You Have
When it comes to designing a home office, you are limited by your available space. Some people are lucky enough to have an entire room to use as a workspace, while others will need to be more creative. When faced with limited space, consider changing the arrangement of furniture in a living room or entryway to allow for a dedicated area. Some people have even had success configuring a closet into a pocket-sized home office! Begin by looking for things that can be removed from the room to create more space, such as a chair that is never used, bookshelves that are not necessary or large decorative items that could be placed elsewhere in the home or put into storage. You have more space than you think.
Reduce Clutter as Much as Possible
One way to create a productive workspace is to streamline the area and reduce unnecessary clutter. This process begins by eliminating elements that are not in regular use, such as files or folders that could be better stored in a drawer or cabinet. Make an effort to store office supplies out of sight, which will help give the primary workstation a clean and clear appearance. Reducing visual clutter is a great way to boost productivity.
Multitask with Fixtures and Furniture
When designing a home office, choose furniture and fixtures that do double duty. A desk can serve as both a flat work surface, as well as a storage solution if there are drawers in the base. If the office is positioned in the living or family room, a television screen can also function as a computer monitor during the workday. If space is tight, a wireless printer will allow that device to be stored in a different room, yet also be fully functional.
For workers who will share their space with small children, it is critical to take the proper safety precautions. Be sure that all electrical cords are out of sight and inaccessible. It is also important to secure a computer desk to the wall or floor so that a young child cannot tip the desk over by pulling on a keyboard slider or climbing open drawers.
When creating a new office space or revamping an existing one, proper preparation can yield a successful outcome. Take the time to think about how your office area can be improved and consult with a professional. The team at Quality Craftsmen is always here to help and can answer any questions or concerns that you may have about home renovation products, including creating a home office that is both productive and beautiful.