May 1st, 2020
With everything going on in the world today and a virus running rampant, many people are choosing to work from home to keep themselves and others as safe as possible. However, some may find it more challenging as they don't have a dedicated space for work in their home.
Today, we will go over a few ways you can create a more functional home office space for remote work. You can also carry these ideas with you in the future if you’re planning a home building or renovation project.
The first step in creating a more functional home office is finding the best space for it in the home. While some homes have a dedicated office, others do not. If you have an extra bedroom, this can quickly and easily be converted into a home office space. However, if there is no spare room available, you will need to get more creative with what you have.
Consider clearing out a closet and using it as your business hub. You can also take over a corner of the home or an out-of-the-way nook, or you can section off space in a room using dividers.
When working at home, it is easy to become distracted by a lot of things. Maybe you have a well-stocked pantry that is calling out to you, or you have a pile of clothes begging to be washed. To become more productive, you need to focus and anticipate these distractions. For example, if are prone to snacking, consider having a few treats on your desk. If you get distracted by the laundry, move the laundry basket out of sight.
Automate Your Office
Finally, to make things easier as you start on your work-from-home journey, take advantage of home automation. You should also make sure you have all the supplies and equipment you need for a successful workday.
If your home office is carved out of another area in the home, you can design it so the two areas complement each other. By making the office area an extension of the rest of the home, it won’t seem too out of place.
If you feel you are enveloping yourself in chaos, you won't be able to focus. In this case, home design is a lot more important than you may have initially thought.
Once you have worked out all the kinks, again, keep all this in mind if you have plans to build your dream home in the future. It is a good opportunity to determine your needs should you decide to continue working from home. Think about the features you want in your future home, such as a dedicated office or workspace, and then discuss this with the professionals at Design Basics.