For many people, working from home has become a way of life, and home office spaces are often considered when designing and building homes. The office space should be comfortable, and functional.
Provision for office furniture, and technological requirements should be factored in. An office space can also be created from an existing house, whereby a separate room, or part of a functioning room is curved out to create a home office space.
10 Factors to consider when designing a home office.
1. Identify your office needs first.
Do you want to work from home full-time or part-time? If you work full-time, a lockable room is ideal for you home office.However, If you need just a small space for a desk, then a small part of a large room can be set aside as a work space.
If you wish to create an office in a shared living space, look for a logical break, by using furniture as a permanent partition. This will give you a sense of privacy, and sends a message to the rest of the family, that this is a work space and they should not disturb. The size of the space is determined bearing in mind the time to be spent and the equipment to be used.
2. Choosing the correct room location.
If you have the luxury of choosing the room to use, then choose a room that is secluded from noisy streets or busy family areas of the house.
If you intend to have visitors then, it should be located where it is convenient to receive visitors, so that clients do not have to move around the house to access the office.
Find a spot where there is natural light and air. If there is no spare room available, then you can make use of an unused corner in the house.
3. Set a Budget.
You need to have a rough estimate of how much it will cost you to create the office space. You also need to know how much money you are willing to spend on the home office design. You also need to consider the availability and cost of office furniture.
4. Create a layout plan.
This is important especially when planning for an office, be it a room or part of a functioning room. With a plan you will be able to know exactly what will fit in the space, as well as be able to logically place furniture, cabinets, and doors in the office.
5. Plan for Storage.
You will always need space for storing your papers, research materials, as well as filling the office documents. If the space is small, then you can introduce a cabinet with shelves. A cabinet is ideal because it does not occupy too much space.
6. Selecting the right office desk and chair.
Generally, the office furniture should be as comfortable and functional as possible. A proper chair and footrest are essential for a good office set up.
The office desk should be big enough to enable you work comfortably as well as accommodate your equipment and materials. It should be able to fit well in you room.If your room is small then a small desk with plenty of storage space would be most ideal.
Style is also an important factor to consider. A stylish office desk and chair is everyone’s preference, but at least make sure they are functional. The office furniture should compliment with the interior décor design to improve the overall appearance of the room.
Budget is a major factor. You need to know how much you are willing to pay for your office furniture.
A comfortable office chair enables you to get more work done. It helps you get more work done, as well as save on energy, and as such you will be able to handle more tasks much quickly and conveniently.
7. Lighting of the room.
The office should be located in a position that enables you to get as much natural light as possible. Night lighting can be positioned to suit your needs and should also compliment the décor of the room. Depending on the direction of sun rays, you should consider sun ray breakers or pave window film or window blinds. The position of your lighting should marry well with the overall interior theme of the office.
8. Plan for all your office equipment
With the ever-changing trends in technology, ensure you provide for current and future equipment and technological needs in your decorating or renovating plans, power points, data cabling, phone, and fax lines.
9. Express yourself in your office décor.
Reflect what you do in your office decor. Choose the right color and paint with style. Co-ordinate cabinet filing.
10. Legal side of having a home office.
Before embarking on renovations for your home office, make sure you consult your tenants’ agreement or local bylaws to ensure that you do not infringe on legal regulations and requirements.