Rise of the Home Office: Challenges and Solutions

Remote working undoubtedly has its perks. No strict dress code. The flexibility to work whenever you want. No daily commute in the morning. And the best thing of all – your own home office!

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However, if you’re new to remote working, setting up a functional yet inviting home office may prove to be a challenge. How to create a home-based workspace that you’ll love spending time in? How to make it both comfortable and practical?

Don’t worry – there’s a solution to every challenge.

Dedicated Space – a Crucial Factor

When it comes to creating your own workplace at home, the most important thing is to choose a dedicated space for it. For your remote job, you’ll need a space free of distractions. There, you will have the necessary peace and privacy to focus on your work.

When it comes to home offices, the ones situated inside log cabins are the latest trend. Offering extra space in the garden, these buildings are perfect to work in. They allow remote workers to separate their jobs from their home lives, which is vital to a healthy work-life balance.

It’s all About the Desk

The focal point of every office, be it home-based or not, is the desk.

This is where you’ll spend most of your time. As your “command center”, the desk needs to allow efficient working. However, as the central part of the room, it also needs to be in line with the overall décor of your home office.

A modern, stylish desk may be the best solution. These are particularly great if you’re aiming for a more minimalistic approach.

For a more formal look, bulkier writing desks, like the Executive Desk, work the best. It’s a fantastic solution if you want your home office to have the aesthetics of an elegant library.

Is your home office small and you don’t have space for large furniture? Something like the Extending Desk might be your best option.

Make It Comfortable 

When it comes to comfort, your home office will need a good chair. After all, you’ll be spending most of your working hours glued to it. Therefore, make sure to select one that promotes proper alignment and feels comfortable to sit in.

If you’re all about the style, you won’t make a mistake by going for a minimalistic white chair. If you want your home office to look a bit more luxurious, something like this may be a better choice. These old-style office chairs also provide ultimate comfort.

To make your home office feel even more comfortable, consider adding a modern or a more traditional rug.

If you’re planning to have clients over, additional chairs and sofas are in order, too. A simple but comfortable sofa from the Binetti collection is a great choice. A couple of Dundee Swivel chairs, on the other hand, are guaranteed to impress your clients.

Consider Storage Solutions

Another important part of a well-designed home office is its storage solution. Your files and supplies should be in a single location. This allows for maximum efficiency and easy access.

Just like everything else, storage solutions come in a variety of options. To complement the décor of your traditional-looking home office, choose a file cabinet made of heavy wood. If you’re looking for something a bit more simple but still sleek, a large bookcase can do the trick.

In any case, prioritize practicality and make the most out of your space. With your paperwork and office supplies stacked and organized, you’ll be able to work as soon as you step inside the office.

The Importance of Lighting

No matter how comfortable it is, your home office won’t inspire you and make you productive if it has poor lighting.

Inadequate lighting can affect mental health, triggering stress, anxiety, and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It also leads to fatigue, headaches, and eye stress.

Therefore, it’s important to make your home office well-lit with a combination of ambiance and task lighting. Have everything covered by combining a sleek floor lamp with an eye-catching desk lamp. During the day, let in as much natural sunlight as you can.

Add a Personal Touch

Besides statement furniture, your home office should also have some objects that reflect your personality.

Display your qualifications, as well as achievements related to hobbies and sports. Attractive wall art and motivational posters will keep you inspired and productive. Bring in any small items that are important to you.

Make sure to add some greenery, too. Not only will the plants introduce an aesthetic appeal, but improve air quality and boost your concentration, too. Pretty convenient, wouldn’t you say?

With the right furniture and stylish accessories, creating a dream workspace becomes entirely possible. By following the steps mentioned above, you’ll be able to design a home office that you’ll love spending time in. Impressed clients are an added bonus.

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About the author:

Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.

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