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Create a Functional Home Office Space

How to Create a Functional Home Office Space

Everyone who starts working at home soon realizes that the layout of their home office has a huge impact on their experience at work. Once you know you need to upgrade your space, your first stop will probably be Instagram or Pinterest. But keep in mind—it’s hard to translate pretty pictures into a strategic home office layout. 

This guide will show you how to take great ideas and turn them into an organized, functional office space that suits your needs. 

1. Define Your Space 

What kind of space are you working in? A home office can be a dedicated room, a corner in the kitchen, or a spot in your garage or shed. Defining the space as your office may mean you need to make it feel more private, protect it from sounds, or just rearrange the space to allow your desk and chair to be arranged ergonomically. 

2. Consider Lighting and Colour 

Lighting and colour will define the “feel” of your space. Lightning can be natural or artificial. You may want to arrange your space to bring the most natural light to your desk as possible. Or, if concerned with glare or the additional heat direct sunlight can bring, you might prefer to add artificial lighting. Artificial lighting can also mimic natural light and boost your mood. 

Once the lightning is established, you can choose a colour scheme for your space. We suggest you focus on colours you like and that help you feel the way you want to when at work. Peaceful, energized, focused, inspired, or effective are good feelings to consider. 

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3. Strategize Shelving and Storage 

Every home office needs shelving and storage. How much, what shape it should be, and whether it should be right within reach depends on what you need to store and how often you need to access it. You should also consider balancing open and covered shelving to add personality to your space without making it feel too cluttered. 

4. Consider Temperature and Air Quality 

When people ask what they need to set up their home office, they rarely think about their HVAC system. However, we know that being too cold, or having stuffy air, can make any working environment less productive. Therefore, you may want to consider if you need a whole home solution to your air quality issues or a dedicated solution just for your office space. Some things to consider include: 

  • Humidifiers and dehumidifiers 
  • Zone cooling and heating options 
  • Local ventilation 

5. Add Those Office Extras 

Finally, consider what kind of office extras might appeal to you. Maybe you’d like a mini fridge, a special spot for your pet to lay down, or extra lighting that makes you look great during online meetings. 

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