5 Tips to Create the Perfect Home Office Space



Creating a home office is essential for any home, large or small. Not only is it a highly functional space, but when it comes time to sell, having a ready-made home office will further highlight the home’s potential and can boost your asking price. Creating a home office that is stylish, practical and relates to your current home decor is simple if you follow these five simple tips.

1. Size the desk appropriately
Choose a desk that will best work in the space available. A recessed hallway, for example, would best suit a long, narrow desk, while an empty corner would fit a small, repurposed square table. Keep the proportions on point to maximise your area. You don’t want to use a desk that will intrude into the room and make it difficult to get around, and a small desk in a larger space will look out of place and lost.

2. Include storage
Utilise shelves, cupboards and drawers so there’s room to store things like papers, books and extra computer cables. Desk storage options, such as vertical files and organisers, will help reduce clutter. Choose stylish, modern colours that match other design elements in your space to tie the area together. It looks much tidier with all the odds and ends packed up out of sight, and extra storage is always necessary in a busy home!

3. Get the right lighting
A bright, warm lamp is always comfortable and inviting, and a separate light will make your office nook feel more like its own space rather than just a dingy corner of a room. Whether you’ve got a clean, minimalist desk or an artists’ studio, good lighting is essential, and there’s a wide range of lighting options available that will suit any aesthetic. Place a stylish desk lamp on your study table, and at night, you’ll be able to shut off over head lights and work in a secluded, peaceful space.

4. Find a good chair
A good chair is important to a working home office, particularly if you work from home over long stretches of time. Repurposing a dining chair isn’t recommended, as it usually doesn’t protect your lower back – and it can be a pain dragging chairs around your house! It’s worth investing in a quality chair that will take care of your spine and also look good with the rest of your decor.

5. Decorate your space
Using decor appropriately can also help section off a study from the rest of the room and make it feel more like its own space. You don’t have to replace the wallpaper to distinguish your space. Find a large print or photo to hang over your desk if you don’t have a window. A rug on the floor beneath or around your desk will also help partition it from the rest of the room. Match the decor by finding similar hues and colours in your art, lighting, desk or floor covering to create a cohesive, harmonious space you’ll want to spend time in.

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