More and more people are working from home, either full-time or part-time. Having a home office that you love being in and one you can be productive in, is a smart investment. Plus, it’s an excellent addition to any home. Read on to discover some of our top functional office tips.
An office design should start with the end in mind. It must be functional. So, it’s essential, to keep in mind, what you’ll be doing and how you’ll be spending your time. What an attorney or consultant would need would be quite different from an online business owner.
For example- are you going to be meeting clients or doing lots of video conferencing? If so, you’ll want to plan for that. In the case of heavy computer usage, you may require two or more computer screens, so you’ll need ample desk or wall space. Do you want a completely paperless office, or do you still need cabinets and drawers for some paper and files? Are bookcases important?
Does your profession require specific equipment that will need a dedicated spot in the office room?
- A standing desk
- Podcast or recording space
- Backdrop or green screen
- Drawing desk
- Video conferencing space
When you start with the tools you’ll be using; then you’ll have a better idea of the best layout and the type of furniture you’ll need. Add to the point of usability–privacy and how quiet you need the office to be. If you have a large family or outside noise and want the space extra quiet, we can accomplish that in many ways, from location to floor plan and soundproofing.
Location & View
Whenever possible, choose a spot for your office with a view, whether it’s in your home or your property is big enough to have an office as a separate building.
Having a view makes working much more enjoyable. Lots of natural lighting can take a boring room and transform it into a place you get inspired by.
With today’s energy-efficient windows, sliders, and French doors, you can enjoy the view and watch the change of the seasons without getting too warm or too cold.
When considering the location, consider any outside noise or close by neighbors. It’s easy to add extra insulation, solid-core doors, acoustic panels, or soundproofing to ceilings or walls. We can even add outside hedges for privacy screens.
Design & Color
When selecting the perfect color pallet, make sure the paint, finishes, and flooring, go well with your office furniture. And keep in mind that having an office space as uncluttered as possible is critical. Design elements like floating shelves, efficiently laid out desks, built-in bookshelves, and hidden storage is key.
We’re happy to sit down with you to help you design your perfect office–one that you’ll enjoy working in and a place to go for a little peace and quiet.