Working from home is fast becoming a way of life for many people across the North East.
During lockdown, some businesses have realised that it is not necessary to have their teams come into a central office every day. Many people are capable of working from home – either working from home exclusively all week or commuting part of the week – so for some people, homeworking is the new normal and it’s here to stay.
Working from home can be exciting as it offers an opportunity for real comfort and efficiency however, it’s important to have a dedicated office space so you can create that much-need separation between your work and home life.
Working from the dining table or on your sofa is a novelty that soon wears off.
Carve out a dedicated workspace
So, if you’re going to be working from home for the long-term, the first question to ask is where are you going to put your office? Ideally, you have to find a way to separate yourself from the rest of the house so you’re not constantly distracted by other people, pets or children.
Your home office doesn’t need to be huge but it should be separate from other areas of the home. You might be able to make space in the guest room you only use a few times a year, convert the underused garage, or even create a garden office.
5 things to keep in mind when creating your dream office space
What are some of the most important things to consider when you’re setting up a home office?
- Desk & storage – A good desk is the starting point of a great office space as it will likely be the place where you spend the most time. Think about storage, containers and organisers that can be used to help keep your space tidy and organised too.
- Ergonomics – There are loads of chair options that can be adjusted to suit and have been designed specifically for computer users. If you’re going to be spending most of your working day sitting at a desk, an ergonomic office chair is an investment you will be thankful for.
- Technical equipment – Carefully consider the equipment you need to do your job effectively at home. Don’t pay for equipment you won’t use on a daily basis.
- Make connections – Invest in a wireless hub for your office so you have the flexibility to work on your laptop from your desk, your chair or a table. Do you need a separate dedicated work phone too so no colleague or client gets a busy signal?
- Lighting – Good lighting is essential for any space but particularly for your home office where you’ll be busy working all day. Lots of natural daylight is ideal which is why a garden office is a popular choice. If natural light is lacking, make sure you invest in a combination of general and task lighting.
Make the space your own
If you’re sick of working from your kitchen table, now could be the time to invest in a dedicated work from home space just for you that helps with productivity, wellbeing, and gives you that much-needed separation of work and home life.
At Ashdale Home Improvements, we can help create your dream home office space by converting your garage into a beautiful functional space or even building a bespoke garden room to house your dream office.
Get in touch with our team today for a free no-obligation quote.