6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating a Home Office
Working flexi-hours and working from home means creating a space where you can work comfortably and be creative. But finding the right spot is tough. What questions do you need to ask to find the right place for a home office?
#1 Where is the best location for a home office in your home?
You may be fortunate to have a spare bedroom to house your home office but if space at a premium, finding the right spot is hard. You may not need masses of space so would it be possible to create a small office in a corner by a window? Or if you do need more space, how about a bespoke extension?
#2 Where are the power sockets?
Before you make a firm decision on the final home office space, consider where the power sockets are. If there aren’t any nearby you’ll need to look at extension cables or using an electrician to creating sockets for you. The last thing you need is having to charge your laptop and other equipment in one space which is the furthest point from your desk.
#3 What are the best storage options and will they work in the space?
Every home office needs storage but what and how much will vary from one home worker to the next. It could be that you need masses of drawer space or you need a filing system that you can reach easily and quickly. Either way, you’ll need to consider whether you can fit the right kind of storage in the space.
Top tip – design the office around your needs and not what fits into the space. This way, you’ll have a productive workspace that really works for you.
#4 Can you control natural light?
Working in daylight is the better option – it’s great for improving our mood too! – but unless you can control natural light, you’ll spend some of the time being dazzled by bright sun. This means blinds or curtains to shade your desk and workspace, something that should be easy to do.
#5 Is the lighting right?
Whether you have natural light or not, you will also need lamps and lights to make sure that you have plenty of light that suit where you sit in your office and what you do. You’ll need task lighting – like spotlights that illuminate a certain area – and then ambient light, a background layer of lighting that means you are not working in shadow.
#6 Have you got room for your perfect office chair?
And finally, when you have identified the space and designed your dream home office, do you have enough space for your dream office chair?