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Custom Home Office Design: Tailoring Your Workspace

By Mark Rutherford November 09, 2023

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Introduction

With more and more people opting for remote working setups and freelancing, it’s essential to create a flexible and well-functioning home office space that is comfortable to work in. A thoughtfully designed home office will not only enhance your productivity, it promotes comfort and creativity. In this article, we’ll guide you through various home office design ideas, from optimising space to incorporating ergonomic considerations, lighting solutions, and storage solutions. Whether you have a spacious room or a small corner, there are design options for every budget and style.

The Importance of Home Office Design

A well-designed home office space is crucial for productivity and overall well-being. And creating your own office environment will help you significantly impact your ability to focus and the quality of your work, it allows you the freedom to create the space that works best for you. By investing time and effort into creating your tailored work space, you can look forward to improved concentration, reduced stress, and increased job satisfaction.

Assessing Your Space and Budget

Before diving into the design process, assess your available space, your budget and your needs. Consider the dimensions of the room or area you plan to convert into a home office. Evaluate any architectural constraints and determine if there are any specific needs or must-haves for your workspace - this is especially true if you’re neurodiverse or highly sensitive to ensure that the space works with your unique makeup. Finally, decide on a realistic budget that covers any expenses you’re expecting such as paint, furniture, storage solutions, and tech equipment.

Maximising Space with Clever Layouts

Optimising space is crucial when you have limited space, and more so when that space has to serve multiple functions. The best place to begin evaluating the space you have and considering smart layouts and multifunctional furniture that allows you to get the most flexibility and ease of use from your available space. 

For tight areas, smaller desks with straight (rather than angled legs) and built-in

Calibre Home Office Desk - Natural OF703-DRdrawers are great for maximising space. Using the walls for storage through the use of wall shelves is also a smart approach. In smaller rooms, or rooms with less natural light, desks with a slim metal frame can help to create the sense of more space, while still providing a stylish and functional workspace. Above all, whatever style you choose, aim for a minimalist design with well-considered furnishings to create a clutter-free and organised environment.

Ergonomic Considerations for a Healthy Workspace

Ergonomics might sound a little extra, but it plays a vital role in giving you a healthy and productive workspace that won’t leave you with aches and pains after a long week. Consider investing in ergonomic office furniture, such as an adjustable desk chair and a height-flexible desk. Ensure that your desk height allows your arms to rest at a 90-degree angle from your torso. Make sure your computer is positioned high enough that your head is looking straight ahead into the screen rather than positioned where you find yourself looking up or down or at a sideways angle while you work.

Integrating Technology into Your Home Office

The type of technology you need in your home office depends on the nature of your work. Determine the essential equipment, such as a desktop computer, laptop, printer, scanner, or double monitor, and ensure that your office layout makes them easily accessible. Consider how you tend to work and what you need close by vs. which can sit off to the side. 

Surge protectors and charging stations can help keep your technology organised and ready to use. When selecting technology and equipment, prioritise quiet, compact, and energy-efficient options that will keep your devices fully charged and running smoothly. 

Lighting Solutions for Productivity

If you’ve worked under the glow of artificial lighting or in poor light, you’ll know the difference good lighting makes. It’s not just about how it ‘feels’ to work in those environments though - lighting can significantly affect not just mood, but productivity and sleep-wake cycles. Natural light during the day boosts alertness and concentration, while dim light in the evening encourages melatonin production to give you a better night's sleep. 

When you’re working from home, open the blinds or curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. Position your computer monitors so they’re perpendicular to your windows to avoid glare on the screens. Supplement natural light with task lighting, such as desk lamps, as needed. 

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Artificial lighting that mimics natural light, such as LED bulbs in the 5000K to 6500K colour temperature range, are great too for providing bright and energising light sources. Ensure even coverage of your workspace with a combination of desk lamps and overhead lighting. 

Smart Storage Solutions for a Clutter-Free Workspace

Keeping your workspace organised and clutter-free helps productivity by preventing distracting. Start with office storage solutions that work with your space constraints. Consider bookcases, filing cabinets, baskets, and drawer dividers to help organise items. Under-desk drawers provide hidden storage for cables, power strips, and infrequently accessed items. 

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If space allows, think about placing bookshelves or cabinets around the perimeter of your office for closed and open shelving options. Label boxes and baskets to make stored items easy to locate. If you need to maximise every possible area, look for multifunctional items that offer concealed storage like storage beds and stools, and wall-mounted cabinets.

 

Inspiring Home Office Designs

Home office designs can vary based on personal style and the nature of your work. Consider the following design ideas to create a space that reflects your preferences and enhances your productivity:

1. The Nature Lover

If you find inspiration in nature, create a home office that feels like your own private oasis. When choosing furniture, look for pieces made from natural elements such as wood (like this desk) and stone (like this lamp) that will quite literally bring nature into your space. 

Slowly start decorating your home office with a range of plants that can thrive in

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minimal light like Grass Lilly, Rhapis, Caryota Mitis and Sanseveria. Use ceiling hooks and hanging planters for easy care indoor plants like Devils Ivy and Chain of Hearts or use tall, narrow shelving to combine storage with a range of small, or draping plants. Finally, choose an office chair that combines comfort with the aesthetic appeal of earthy colours and organic lines.

2. The Multitasker

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If you're a multitasker, work to create an office space that supports your busy work life. Start with a desk that gives you ample desktop and under-desk space so you can organise the various major tasks you regularly tackle. Pair it with a well-supported, ergonomic chair that rolls and swivels to make movement smooth and easy and with adjustable height and armrests so you can get comfortable no matter what you’re working on.

3. The Minimalist

If you like clean lines and a clear desk at the end of the day makes you feel calm

and relaxed, then look for simple and elegantly designed desks that incorporate storage. Choose a chair that

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blends comfort, flexibility and ease of movement to give you all day support that is easy on the eye. When it comes to storage, consider minimalist or understated bookshelves, sideboards that look luxurious but whose clean lines will comfortably contain work files, books and supplies. Or choose storage cabinets that feature both clean lines and doors to give you ample and discreet storage.

4. The Sensory Neurodivergent

If you’re neurodivergent, your senses may feel more finely tuned and creating the kind of home office that everyone else has may find you working against your individual style than with it. You can minimise distractions and create a space that feels flexible and comfortable through thoughtful design. Here are some things to consider that might help.

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Find a variety of spaces you could work in. You may choose a quiet space to focus, a space to move around freely and another space to do deep work where you can focus better. Seek out for adjustable lighting that you can dim or brighten depending on how you’re feeling. Use calming colours and natural materials, such as wood and stone to dial up the connection to nature. Choose soft furnishings for relaxed work such as cosy throws and chairs that help you relax and focus. Consider whether you prefer armchairs you can sink into, comfy chairs that swivel or chairs with high backs that give you a sense of retreat. Make sure your seating options, whether you’re at your desk or in an armchair, are comfortable so if you find yourself sitting for long periods of time you’re not left feeling stiff and achy. Finally, minimise every kind of distraction possible through the use of earphones, clever easy storage, and ‘unfussy’ desks with built-in storage so you can clear away anything you’re not using.

5. The Kids Could Come In At Any Moment

For parents juggling work and family life, designing a kid-friendly office space that

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accommodates your little ones can give you 15 or 30 extra minutes to finish something before you focus on them. Look for ways you can accommodate tasks for them to focus on while you wrap things up. Include a comfortable armchair they can snuggle into with a toy while they wait. Use storage stools to hold toys and books so they have easy access to quiet entertainment while waiting for you.

Conclusion

To say creating a well-designed home office is essential for remote workers and entrepreneurs is an understatement. By optimising your office space, incorporating ergonomic designs, implementing smart storage solutions, and enhancing your lighting and decor, you can create a productive and inspiring workspace. 

Whether you prefer a nature-inspired office or a versatile multitasking setup, there are design ideas to suit every style and budget. Investing in your home office design to improve your productivity, well-being, and overall success in your remote work journey is an investment you will benefit from every day.


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