Published 16 Jun 2020
7 Ways to turn your Spare Room into a Functional Home Office
We are currently spending a lot more time at home with a large majority of us relocating our office spaces within our homes also.
If you have a spare room and are at a loss with what to do with it, why not turn it into a home office that works for you with the following simple steps shared by our Interior design experts Suna.
1. Choose a desk that suits your work
It’s quite easy to want to put a small beautiful vintage desk in your home office but think about what you need in front of you at all times. Make sure your desk has room for your laptop, any notebooks and any tidy storage to prevent clutter.
2. Embrace natural light
Avoid placing your desk in an underused corner. You don’t want that cubicle feel when you’re working from home. Instead try placing your desk perpendicular to your light source - so you benefit from the light without dealing with glare. It also gives you the opportunity for breaks to turn and people watch!
3. Don’t forget lamps!
While natural light is important, so is having dedicated task lighting to illuminate what you are working on. A great option is a classic anglepoise, an interiors icon from the 30s that’s never going away!
4. Create some comfy space
Make sure you have space you can enjoy when not at your desk. Sofa beds are perfect for this as they are comfortable and also double up as an area for guests to sleep. Add textured cushions and a throw to create a cosy and welcoming feel.
If you don’t have room for a sofa bed, a comfy armchair will do wonders. Consider also adding a throw or cushion to your desk chair to maximise comfort.
5. Add Greenery
Plants are known to make people happier. Decorate your desk with plants known for their air purifying qualities for a calming presence.
Make your home office somewhere you love to be. Feature wallpapers, a splash of paint and good furnishings go a long way to make a room liveable. Consider what mood you personally need to be in to work.
Are you the zen type? Keep it neutral with simple colour schemes and tap into the hygge feel to keep you feeling calm. Alternatively, if you flourish in the chaos, use striking colours and textures to keep those creative juices flowing. Let your home office reflect your working mind.
7. Support yourself
Most importantly, make sure your office works for your body. If you are planning on spending a lot of time in this space, choose a chair that is comfortable with good back support. Also, if you can, make sure your screen is at eye level and that your keyboard is positioned so your forearms are parallel with the floor.
For more interior design inspiration, check out Suna’s Instagram page.
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