Home Office Design for 2022 - 12 Essential Tips

How to Design a Home Office

12 Tips in Designing Your Home Office

Considering you will be spending a lot of time in your home office while you work, it is important that the space is practical, functional and shows off your personal taste and style. You want to feel comfortable in your home office and the best way to do this is to design the space in a way that suits you and the type of work you will be doing.

Here are our top tips for how to design a home office that works for you.

1. Location is Everything In Designing Your Home Office

Choosing the right place to set up your home office is imperative. You want to make sure you choose an area that is quiet, with little foot traffic, so that you can concentrate during the many hours you’ll be seated in the space. Ideally, you also want to choose a location in your home that is well lit either by natural light or by overhead lighting. Another essential aspect to consider when designing your home office is that you are in close range to your Wi-Fi router so that you have the best possible connection.

Home Office Location

2. You Need a Space

We understand that you may be working with a really tight space, but it is important to pick a spot that allows for free movement. You don’t want to be squished into a space that doesn’t allow you to easily move from side to side, to recline in your chair, or effortlessly get up from your desk to make the several cups of coffee you need in order to survive the day.

Space for Home Office

 

3. Choosing a Home Office Desk

When designing your home office, it is essential that you choose a desk that serves you and not the other way around. Your desk should fit comfortably in the space that you’ve chosen to work in and should be big enough to cater to all the items you need in front of you. It should not be so big and heavy that it can’t be moved if you need to shift your workspace elsewhere. We recommend a sit stand desk like the Lavoro Advance. Not only will you be burning more calories by standing while you work, you’ll also be working with a fantastic space-saving option.

Choosing a Home a Office Desk

4. Selecting a Chair

You are going to spend a lot of hours seated in your home office chair. For this reason, it is important to select a chair that is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also ergonomically correct and comfortable. Your chair should be as adjustable as possible to suit you no matter what position you’re sitting in. This is where every penny is a worthwhile investment. The Humanscale Liberty chair provides full-spectrum support for every user and automatically adjusts to your body as you move.

5. Storage and organisation

Working in an organised, tidy space is far more likely to boost your productivity than working with clutter and not being able to find what you need when you need it. The fact that you are working from home will also mean that you want to keep the space as tidy as the rest of your home. Choosing organisation bins in contemporary colours is a fantastic option as you can store just about anything in them, and they can be neatly tucked away under your desk. Another option is to install shelving above or next to your desk.

 

6. Add a coat of paint

Working from a home office has great advantages, including the fact that you can really design and brighten up your space without having to get permission from your boss. Make your home office truly your own by painting the wall in front or behind your desk in a bright colour that makes you happy and inspires you to get stuff done. This also gives you the chance to add a little bit of your personal taste and style into the design of your home office space.

7. Time to accessorise

Unless you’re specifically going for a minimalist look, you can truly personalise your home office space with a few accessories. Choose extras that enhance the comfortable feeling you want to create when designing your home office. Items like a trendy pencil holder, a decorative bin or a vibrantly decorated cork board can make the world of difference to your home office design.

 

8. The Psychology of Colour

We’ve already established that you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your home office and, for that reason, it’s important that you design a practical space that suits your specific needs.

Now that you’ve chosen the right location for your home office, ordered your desk and chair and added a coat of paint, it is time to consider a few more things when designing your home office space including colours and lighting.

When it comes your home office design, it is important to consider the colour palette you’re going to bring in through the pieces that you choose. Colour actually has a massive impact on how you feel and can elicit physical and emotional reactions. Colours also impact your mood and energy levels.

Choose cool tones like greens, blues, and violet to make your workspace feel peaceful and relaxing. Yellow evokes optimism, but it could be distracting. Red exudes energy and is a rather stimulating colour which results in feelings of excitement. If you are going to go with red, be careful how much of it you’re going to bring into your space so that it is not overwhelming.

Ideally, you want to go with neutral tones like white, ivory, grey and tan. These colours are not distracting and create a sense of comfort. It also means you can mix up your office design easily with these colours in the background.

9. Good lighting is essential

The best thing you can do when designing your home office is to bring in natural light. Try positioning your desk near a window to benefit from as much daylight as possible. Natural light is also a lot less harsh on your eyes. When it comes to natural light, however, make sure your screens are positioned to avoid glare.

If the location of your home office does not allow for natural light, invest in good lighting that creates the right ambience for you to get stuff done. You want to make sure your space is well-lit but not harsh. Overhead lighting is your best bet, but a desk lamp is also a good option.

Good Lighting - Home Office Design

10. Managing Your Cables

The chances are that the technology you are using in your home office has unruly cables connected to it. Not only are disorganised cables unsightly, but they’re also annoying. The best way to get around this is to incorporate home office furniture that helps manage your cables. For example, take the Fovi Drop folding desk that has built-in cable management in a central storage area. You can also use flexible plastic trunking if your chosen home office location is far from a power point.

Managing Cables - Cable Tray Management - Home Office Design

 

11. Go Green

By going green, we don’t mean you have to dress like a hippie and only eat organic foods. But it is important to consider sustainability when it comes to your home office design. All your technology relies on electricity. Keep your computer, printer, and other home office technology turned off when you’re not using it and use power saving functions on your laptop. Also, make sure when buying new technology that your old equipment gets recycled correctly as computers contain hazardous materials, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals.

Go Green - Home Office Design

12. Choose the right office furniture

Make sure you design your home office the right way with affordable, stylish home office furniture. Browse our range of home office chairs, desks and more. If you have any questions, fill out our short contact form.

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