Creating a Functional Home Office

modern workspaceIf you have the space or spare room for it, converting part of your home into a home office can give you a space that maximizes productivity and eliminates distraction. It can also help you find a mental separation between work life and home life if you happen to work from home. Here are four essential tips that will help you create a highly functional office in your home.

Involve multiple methods of storage

A home office is filled with all kinds of office supplies, papers, electronics, and books, calling for multiple methods of storage and organization. Be sure when designing your home office that you include various options for organizing your things. A desk surface is great for holding basic supplies such as pens, your laptop, and sticky notes, while desk drawers are great for holding less frequently used items that you still need quick access to. Shelving, meanwhile, is great for books, storage boxes, and even decorative pieces. On home office walls, you might choose to hang your calendar, a letter organizer, or a large writing surface.

Adapt to your needs

Look for furniture pieces with features that are tailored precisely to your needs. Do you prefer to stand as you work on your laptop? Consider opting for a desktop that can be raised and lowered (such as this desk from the Jesper series). Does your work require a great deal of surface space? Consider opting for a large L-shaped desk. Do you frequently meet with clients in your home office? Look for a desk that features leg space on the backside of the desk.

Make it stylish

It’s easy to equip your home office with sterile pieces of furniture that lack in creativity, but remember—having a home office grants you the luxury of designing your own workspace. You are welcome to bring in furniture pieces that coordinate well with the overall look of your home. Look for furniture that is both design-conscious and functional.

Eliminate distractions

A home office is meant to offer you a space where you can escape from distraction and boost your productivity levels. Think about what distractions might still exist in your dedicated home office space and work to eliminate those distractions. If your home office is very close to the kitchen, for example, you might be drawn away frequently in order to get a snack. To avoid this, you might keep a designated work snack stash in your desk. If you’re easily distracted by sounds coming from other areas in the home, it might be a good idea to include a sound system in your office for playing soft, distraction-reducing music. If you enjoy looking out the window, position your desk in such a way that you won’t always be facing the window.