Designing a home office can be a time-consuming process. Home offices require a large amount of functionality in their design, though the best ones are also stylish. When setting out to design your home office, there are several factors to consider that will impact considerably on the end result.
Here are a few tips on how to approach this.
1. Determine how much space your office has and what needs to be included in it
Make sure that your office will have plenty of space for your desk, chair, bookshelves, filing cabinet, floor lamp, and any other office furniture you may require to keep productive. Keep in mind that you may need some space to move around, and if your home office has visitors you may need space for a couch or extra seating.
2. Invest in an ergonomic chair
One of the most important pieces of furniture for a home office is a chair that is designed for total comfort and support. A good office chair can make your home office somewhere that you want to spend time, and not just somewhere you have to spend time.
Christopher Wray offers a range of stylish office chairs that come with an anatomically designed seat, backrest and armrests. This means that they can adapt and adjust to accommodate each user supporting the many different variations in posture.
3. Consider the layout of your furniture and give yourself a view if possible
While not all home offices have a window, some do. Factor this into the layout of your home office and consider basing your furniture’s position around the window. Face your desk toward the window for a view and to access natural lighting, and lay out your other furniture around your desk and chair.
If the home office has a window but won’t fit a desk in front of it, make sure you position your desk so that you can avoid glare on your computer screen if you keep the window open.
4. Make the best use of space you can
Home offices can often be smaller rooms, meaning that not much space is available. If this is the case, and you don’t have room for multiple storage cabinets, you will need to make the best use of space as you can.
This may involve wall shelving that can fill empty space above or near your desk within easy reach like Christopher Wray’s Yet modular shelving bracket, or it may involve filing trays on your desk for documents or a desk with a built-in filing drawer.
5. Get creative with decor and visuals
One of the biggest advantages of a home office is you can tailor it to fit your personality. On that note, consider what you can do to make your home office yours. Position knick knacks and photo frames around your furniture, choose a rug to place underneath your desk, and include any other personal items that will inspire you.
6. Keep your technology tidy
When it comes to technology, keep your computer and monitor positioned near powerpoints so you can easily access them to unplug components when needed. Either use wireless technology or hide cables for your technology using cord winders, tubing, or wire organisers to avoid an unsightly tangled mess that will interfere with the overall look of your home office.
7. Make sure your space is well lit
To avoid eye strain, make sure that you have decent lighting in your home office, whether in the form of a ceiling light, desk lamp, or floor lamp. Christopher Wray has many lighting options, like our beautiful modern Anthy desk lamp. Additionally, if you have a window make use of natural light where you can.
Setting up a home office requires a good balance between design and functionality. With Christopher Wray’s expertise in lighting and furniture, you’re sure to find all you need to create a comfortable and stylish room for your work or study.