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How to Design a Home Office That is Both Stylish and Functional



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Whether you run your own business or work hybrid, many of us are spending more time working at home. Not only is it detrimental to your body and mind to work in a dingy and non-functional space, but it also limits your productivity. Rather than putting your home working space on the back burner of your busy life, why not prioritise a functional workspace that can make you feel better and work better? 


Home office designs can be lavish or simple, depending on your budget, but there’s no reason why you can’t create the home office build of your dreams by following our guide. 


If you want to leave the hard stuff to the professionals, you can reach out to a home office design service that will cater your build to your exact needs or offer fitted home office options. In this blog, we’ll discuss the design features that you should consider and how this can improve your workspace.


Why build a home office?

A home office is a place that separates your work from everything else in your life. If you are taking work calls from your sofa or answering emails in bed, there’s no division between work and pleasure, and that can cause problems. You will begin to find yourself feeling sluggish, lazy or unproductive because you haven’t created a space where your mind knows it is time to get to work. 


Many people find that they get more work done by going into the office because it is a change of scenery and the process of getting ready for the day is a great way to warm up your body and your brain. A home office is a great alternative to having to commute to the office every day but still creates an environment that allows you to thrive.


Where can I put my home office?

A home office build doesn’t have to be a whole new building extension. Perhaps you already have a garage or shed that isn’t used as much as it could be. A home office could even be built in an already-existing room such as a utility room. 


Wherever you choose to put it, as long as it is somewhat separate from your other living spaces, you will be able to reap the benefits. If your budget is slightly larger, a separate room away from the home is a great place to put your home office.


Begin by evaluating the available space in your home. Consider rooms or areas that are underutilised and can be repurposed as a home office. Look for a space that offers sufficient square footage to accommodate your work essentials without feeling cramped. 


Select a location that provides privacy and minimises distractions. Avoid high-traffic areas or rooms with frequent interruptions. Ideally, choose a secluded corner or a room with a door that can be closed when needed.


Here are some factors to consider for your home office design:


Location

As mentioned above, the location of your home office is important. If you have many options then try to consider areas that receive the most natural light, low noise levels and the ability to separate your work from your home life. Areas right next to large windows or even a conservatory or sunroom might be a great choice. 


If you are close to a busy road, will you be distracted by the noise of cars going past? It might be worth investing in soundproof windows or using acoustic sealants, window foam or noise-reducing blinds. Noise-cancelling headphones can also go a long way in making your workspace more comfortable.


Ultimately, consider your personal preferences and work style when selecting the location for your home office. Choose a space that resonates with you aesthetically and promotes a positive mindset. Whether it's a cosy nook with a view or a minimalist corner, prioritise comfort and inspiration. 


Lighting

If it’s not possible to find a space with natural lighting, illuminate your workspace with a mix of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Natural light is ideal but supplemented with artificial lighting for evening work sessions. Consider adjustable lighting options to accommodate different tasks and moods. 


A well-lit workspace is vital for productivity and reducing eye strain. Make use of natural light by positioning your desk near a window and adding task lighting for cloudy days or evening work sessions. Additionally, consider ambient lighting to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere.

Ergonomics

Office spaces are typically designed using ergonomic furniture. Rather than hurting your back by sitting on uncomfortable dining room chairs, sofas or even in bed, it’s important to invest in furniture that will benefit you in the long run. Ensure adequate space for ergonomic furniture arrangements, including a comfortable chair, adjustable desk, and proper lighting. 


A well-designed workspace minimises physical strain and supports long-term health. An adjustable chair with proper lumbar support and a desk that allows you to maintain a comfortable posture are essential. Consider a sit-stand desk for added flexibility and to encourage movement throughout your workday.


Storage solutions

Home offices don’t always boast large spaces, so it’s important to be smart with your storage. Here are a few ideas:


  • Drawer Organisers: Use drawer organisers to keep desk drawers tidy and organised. Sort office supplies such as pens, pencils, paper clips, and sticky notes into designated compartments. Drawer dividers are also useful for separating different types of items.


  • Wall-Mounted Organisers: Install wall-mounted organisers or pegboards to keep frequently used items within reach. Hang hooks, bins, or baskets to store office accessories like scissors, tape, rulers, and charging cables. This helps free up desk space and keeps items off surfaces.


  • Floating Shelves: Install floating shelves above your desk or along the walls to display decorative items and store frequently accessed supplies. Floating shelves provide additional storage without taking up floor space and can be customised to fit your office aesthetic.


Relaxation zone

Your home office doesn’t just have to be about work. It’s important to take breaks to recharge and give your brain a rest. While it may be tempting to take 10 minutes away from work and lie down on the sofa, this doesn’t always end well. Instead, add a bean bag chair, yoga mat, or a meditation corner to give yourself the space to relax, while not getting completely sidetracked by household tasks or the TV.


Green elements

As well as natural light, bring more of the outdoors in by incorporating plants into your home office design. Plants increase oxygen in the air helping boost productivity and reduce the chances of headaches or a mid-afternoon crash. Not only this, but plants also look great and are a wonderful interior design tool. Plants can improve air quality and create a calming atmosphere. Choose low-maintenance varieties that thrive in indoor environments.


Fitted Home Office Designs From Mirror Door Company

Focus is key when working from home, that’s why we understand the vital importance of creating a sanctuary where you can stay organised and productive. Our home office installation service works with Glasgow-based workspace designers to ensure that all work is carried out to a high standard. Whatever your needs, we aim to provide. 


From filing cabinets to built-in wall units and fitted bookshelves. We have a range of bespoke items that can be fitted into your home office design. Your office space will be uniquely designed for you so you can make sure you have everything you need to work productively. 


To learn more, get in touch or visit our local showroom today to enquire about our free home surveys, or consult our Portfolio page for further inspiration.

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