If you sometimes work from home then having the right office environment is essential. Wherever your daily headquarters are, you need a space optimised for productivity. A space that encourages you to do your best work.
Let’s walk through how you can plan and set up an office in your home, step by step.
Find a room that’s suitable
The first thing you need to do is find a room in your home, your garage, or in your shed where you’ve got space to set up a desk and where you can sit and work – without being disturbed.
Depending on where you live, you might need to consider factors such as heat and moisture. For example, here in the UK you’ll probably want to take heat into consideration. Will the shed/ garage be warm enough to work in over the winter months?
If you’ve not got a spare room that can be used, pick a place in your home where there is space to set up a smaller workstation.
Plan out what you need at your workstation
Before you should start buying furniture and setting up your home office, take some time to plan it out.
Take measurements of the room and note them on a piece of paper so you know what you’ve got to work with if you need to source furniture etc.
Desk: What sort of desk do you want? Big, small, standing, sitting, corner? Have a browse around some shops (and online) so you have an idea of what make, model, price, size and quality you fancy.
Chair: If your job is mainly a desk job, then an ergonomic chair is an absolute must. A happy bum makes a happy worker.
Tech: if you work on your computer a lot, be sure to get some tech that works. A builder needs a sturdy hammer and a heavy duty nails, and you need your laptop. Whatever your tools, if they are essential to your role – they need to be of good quality.
There’s probably quite a few bits and pieces you’ll need for your new home office.
Make sure you do some local and online research so you get the best deals.
Although we all like to have the newest gadgets and the best products on the market, consider whether you need the fanciest printer HP can offer you, or whether you’d be OK with one of the cheaper ones from the local supermarket?
For things such as shelves and other storage solutions, be sure to check out marketplaces for used goods. There are thousands of Facebook groups i.e. where people are giving furniture away or selling them for pennies.
Set up your office
Once you’ve got all the things that need to go in the office, it’s time to set it up.
Now, there’s the interior set up and there’s the tech setup. If you’re going to be working online a lot, then (for your own sake) make sure that your wifi connection is fast as lightning.
If you’ve not got enough space in your home to keep all your files, or whatever else you don’t need daily access to – it’s worth considering a self storage unit where you can come and go as you please, and store your things safely.
Now get to work
You should now be set up and ready to go.
It’s worth remembering that just because you’ve set up an initial office – this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t move things about and change things.
It’s the little daily time savers and optimisations such as moving the paper bin, organising the cabinet with things you use most frequently closest to hand etc that will help you conquer your daily tasks and help you work faster and better.
Good luck in your new home office!