When you work from home, you need some sort of area to use as your 'office'. You may be lucky enough to have a separate room which you can set up just the way you want, with plenty of room to spread out. However, many have to make do with a spot on the kitchen or dining table or a desk squeezed into a corner in the bedroom.
Everyone has their own way of working and one person's idea of ideal may be different from the next person's. Therefore, you need to know how you work best and try to set up an 'office' area with that in mind. The type of home business you are running will also influence your needs.
Where are you going to set up your office? Some people just need a computer, laptop or tablet. While some can manage by balancing said device on their lap in the family room as they sit on the sofa, that would not work for others, me included.
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If you have a spare room that can be set up as an office to suit your needs and your taste, you will have room for a desk or maybe two, filing cabinet, storage units and anything else you need. Enjoy making a functional but nicely decorated space.
Some choices for those who don't have a spare room may be to find a space in the:
lounge room or family room
your own bedroom or
space under the stairs
My desk is in my bedroom and this may be the only option for some. I have read reasons why one shouldn't have a computer in the bedroom or do anything other than sleep in that room. However, it works better for me than when I had my desk set up in the lounge room. I still sleep soundly at night.
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Furniture Whether you are working in a corner somewhere or have a whole room as an office you can furnish it to suit your taste.
If you choose a desk, chair, shelving and storage in the same colour scheme as the rest of the room, your office items won't look out of place.
There are stores that specialise in office furniture but your furniture doesn't have to be modern. If the rest of the room is vintage, look around in second hand shops and online for items that fit that look.
Screening your office area If you want to divide your office area from the rest of the room try one of the following:
a freestanding wall unit which can also provide storage
a screen. There are some decorative screens around. You may be able to use the 'office side' as a pin up board.
Utilising a shed Someone who needs a large space may be able to convert the shed/garage to suit their needs. Artists and people doing craft often need space. If you are using any products which need good ventilation a shed may be better than a room in the house.
The shed may need some renovations such as the addition of a large window, power, lining and insulating the walls and roof or installation of better lighting. Air conditioning will be essential in many areas. These improvements can add to up to a considerable amount of money, unless you know a handy person or have the skills and time to do the work yourself.
Or a verandah An alternative to spending a lot of money renovating a shed could be to use a sheltered verandah, for creative work at home ventures such as pottery, painting or mosaics. Adding thick plastic blinds to keep out the wet weather may be enough to create a work space.
By knowing what you need, your way of working and sometimes thinking outside the square, you should be able to set up a pleasant space to carry out your work at home venture.