Working from home has become the new normal for people everywhere, transforming the dining room table, spare bedroom, pantry, couch, and even the bathroom into “official” office spaces. As you migrate from room to room in hopes of finding just one quiet, comfortable at-home office substitute, did you ever consider the possibility of actually adding a home office? Not only does designating an office space in your home improve productivity, but it’s also a lot better on the back—supporting an ergonomic workspace that will keep you comfortable and happy.
If you’ve finally decided that it’s time to add a home office to your residence, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll explore some of our favorite home office layout ideas—offering you tips on how you can design a new workspace that best suits your at-home needs.
Best Area for a Home Office
Carving out an area for your home office is bound to be one of the most challenging aspects of the renovation. If you don’t already have a spare room available, consider looking for a room with the following characteristics:
- A view. A closed-in room is sure to make you feel trapped and isolated—two things that do not support healthy workflow.
- Low traffic flow. A room near your living room, for example, could prove to be a distracting environment for a home office as that is often considered the hub of a home with heavy foot traffic.
- A spacious, private area with little distractions. Make sure you are choosing a room that can comfortably fit a desk and office equipment.
Since you’ll likely be spending a lot of time in your home office, when it comes to choosing a location, make sure that you are selecting a spot that is tucked away from the comforts and distractions of home—but doesn’t sacrifice style or functionality.
The Importance of Organization
Finding ways to incorporate organization into your new workspace should be one of the first furnishing factors to consider when styling your new home office. To do this without creating an overcrowded workspace, use both the vertical and horizontal space in the room. Hanging floating shelves, vertical filing folders, and filing cabinets for all of your paperwork will keep things tidy and out of the way as you prepare to conquer the workday. While you’re at it, invest in a super comfy and ergonomic chair that will support good posture and add some pizzazz to the space without sacrificing functionality.
Use Natural Light to Your Advantage
Flooding your at-home office with light, both natural and artificial, will help cut down eye strain and headaches from hours and hours of screen time. Picking a room with a giant window and adding a desk lamp are two ways to ensure you benefit from light.
Let Chesmar Be Your Guide
Being your most productive self is possible, even at home, when you have an office space that supports creativity, comfort, and organization. At Chesmar Homes, our design specialists will help you carve out the perfect home office space in your new construction or move-in ready home—ensuring you benefit from the best of the best.
To learn more about our services, contact Chesmar today! We build homes in communities throughout Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin.