Home offices are trending, especially now that flexible work schedules, with some days in the office and some at home, appear to be here to stay. So rather than simply work on the kitchen table, why not create a pleasant, quiet, and efficient place to take care of business.Read More
How much available space you have in your home will play into what you can do with your home office floor plan. The best option is to use a spare bedroom or other room to set up as an office. If you have the budget for it, another great choice is to add a cottage, annex, or accessory dwelling unit to your backyard.
If you don’t have a spare room available or the budget for an addition, don’t worry, you can still create a practical home office layout. For example, perhaps you have a bump-out space off of the kitchen or primary bedroom. Could you makeover a closet into an efficient workspace? How about locating your office on the landing at the top of the stairs? There are lots of possibilities.
It’s a great idea to find a home office floor plan layout you like and then adjust it for your particular needs. Which of these common home office furniture items and accessories do you need in your layout?
As you consider your best home office layout, be sure to:
Minimize glare. If your office has a window, you’ll want to consider glare on your computer monitor. Can you locate the desk and monitor so that you aren’t facing towards the window (which puts the glare on your face) or away from the window (which often puts the glare on your monitor)? Another possibility: consider blinds or sheer curtains to minimize the glare.
Consider the Command Position. If you can, set up your desk opposite the door so that you can sit facing the entrance. Then, you’ll have a comfortable view of anyone coming in. No surprises!
Notice your backdrop. If you are doing any video conferencing, think about what viewers may see behind you. If possible, place a nice picture on the wall, have a clean credenza with a few photos, or style a bookcase with a few books along with favorite items. If you aren’t able to create a nice backdrop, then use a virtual background!
Provide a place for guests. If clients come to your office, or you work with others, provide one or more comfortable guest chairs or even a small sofa, couch, or loveseat.
Create a work triangle. When you are in the flow, make sure you have everything you need within reach. One way to achieve this is using a “work triangle.” An example: A desk, printer, and file cabinet triangle, so that from your desk, you can swing around one way to grab a file from the file cabinet or turn the other way to access the printer.
Don’t crowd yourself. Make sure you can easily navigate the office. Try to have a clear path to your desk. Leave enough space to roll your desk chair in and out for access. One way to maximize space is to choose double-duty items - for example, a desk that can store office supplies and files. Another is to use the walls - add shelves to keep books, baskets of supplies, binders, or other items you use regularly.
Once you’ve created your perfect office layout, the final step is to add those personal touches that will make your home office your favorite place in which to work.