Even before the global pandemic, working from home was becoming a new normal in the professional world. With this growing trend, a dedicated workspace has become a necessity for those trying to balance work and home life. With the proper setup, there are many advantages to the work-at-home lifestyle! Follow these tips to carve out the perfect workspace and create an environment that increases productivity and evokes inspiration; setting you up for success from the start.
Flexible Home Office
Nowadays, many homes include a flex room or bonus space, which is an area in your home that can serve multiple purposes, designed to meet your evolving needs. Whether large or small, incorporate a desk and comfortable chair into this multi-use space, and… voila! Just like that, you’ve created a home office. Break out the paint brushes and boost inspiration by adding a color palette that will drive creativity, or tones known to help with focus.
This modern, hill country home plan features a study just off the foyer; an ideal location for a comfortable and private workspace. Enjoy forward-facing views with a centered desk, and incorporate storage space, whether a file cabinet or open shelves for office supplies, to complete the look.
Do you have an alcove, bump out, or underused closet? You don’t need an entire room to create a mini-workstation. Bust out your handy tools and build a shelf-style desk. Add some upper shelves for storage and incorporate a flexible workspace, like a bulletin board, to easily swap out information. Paint a pop of color on the back wall of the alcove, or line it with wallpaper for a more bold, inspirational look.
The second level of this New American house plan incorporates a built-in desk in the hallway leading to the family bedrooms. Another nook on the opposite wall hosts shelves to be used for paperwork, supplies, or inspiring images.
Turn your loft, or landing, into a cozy office space by adding a desk, and stay in the middle of the action from this vantage point, while getting your work done. Spruce up the space by adding one-of-a-kind decor that motivates you.
Two-story ceilings above the living room of this stunning modern home creates an idyllic workspace in the second-level loft. Oversized windows consume the front elevation, drenching the interior with natural light, which flows into the lofted workstation.
Build it into a Bedroom
If you don’t have a separate room to dedicate as an office space, the bedroom can be a perfect spot. Bedrooms are set apart from the living spaces, and include a door for a more peaceful and private work environment. Just make sure to make the bed if video conferences are a part of your workday!
The dormer window in one of this bungalow’s bedrooms offers a built-in desk; perfect for a bedroom / office combo. Sink into a plush chair to ensure an efficient and productive work day, and add a light source in case you need to burn the midnight oil.
No matter what area in the home your workspace claims, eliminating your commute and surrounding yourself with colors and decor that are unique to you will ultimately lead to a happier, more productive, workday. Not to mention, home offices typically include your favorite blend of coffee and preferred snacks!