Hands up who’s making do with home working from a completely unsuitable room?

If you’re fighting with clutter, dreary décor and a desk that’s too small then this post is for you!

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Working from home in an unsuitable room is a problem that households up and down the country are suddenly dealing with. Like many families we’ve spent the last year working from home while homeschooling and looking after our younger ones at the same time, and if there’s one thing I’m taking away from the experience it’s that a proper, dedicated work space is essential!

Many people who’ve switched to home working are now considering making it permanent, and you might be looking to design your perfect home office. If you’re one of them, in this collaborative post here are some top tips for creating the perfect home office space.

Top tips for creating the perfect home office

What are the basics of a good home office? A decent desk is a must, and adequate storage for all your work-related clutter because a tidy office is a productive one, right?! But there’s more to configuring your home office to make it practical for working in.

Get the basics right

Firstly, you don’t want to be working in a dark space with no natural light. Tucking yourself in a space under the stairs or on the landing may seem ideal at first, but if you’re struggling away in poor artificial light it’s soon going to get to you.

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Another thing that offices often feature is a practical floor. This isn’t something we’d necessarily think about at home, as we’re more focused on comfort. However, a carpet could start to wear down and get rucked up, with the constant rolling of your office chair and your feet using one spot all day.

You could think about a more practical floor, such as a solid or engineered wood floor. You’ll need to weigh up the wooden flooring cost first, but it could be a pleasant, warming and durable option which will stand the test of time.

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Make it bright and airy

There’s a lot to be said for having a bright and airy home office. But if your dedicated home working space isn’t quite on the roomy side, you’ll need to get creative.

Keeping window coverings light is a good first step. And trying to get some air flow into the room shouldn’t be ignored, even if it means leaving a door open.

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If your space is small, you may need a few tricks up your sleeve to make the area feel bright and airy. Painting the walls in a light colour and using paint that helps light bounce naturally off the walls is a good idea. An off-white in an eggshell or satin finish could work here.

Keep it simple

Taking a minimal approach to your home office will help keep it looking clean and fresh. Think a simple white desk with clutter hidden away, for example. Be careful with your office accessories, and don’t try to cram too much into the space. Perhaps stick to one or two plants, a lamp and simple desk organiser.

Have you created a new home office during or since lockdown? Do you have any top tips? I’d love to know what they are!

This is a collaborative post.

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