Last updated on July 18th, 2021 at 08:46 pm

Home Office Necessities (2021)

Are you planning to add a home office to your home? Whether your home office design will be located in an annex, a small bedroom, or just the corner of a room, there are a few essentials you will want to consider when creating a productive workspace at home.

If you spend the full work week there or even just a few hours, it’s important that your home office be a comfortable and inviting place to spend time and to get your work done efficiently.

Location

Home offices can be in a separate room, a quiet corner, or even in your kitchen depending on what type of work you have.

A kitchen desk area might be the perfect spot for your command center if you’re a busy mom.
However, if you’re a professional, you should select a space that’s away from any disturbances of your home.
Look for spaces with a neutral, solid background to avoid distractions during meeting.

Choose a location with some natural light and a view if possible.
No view? Position your desk to face the door instead or place a pleasing piece of artwork or an inspirational pin board above your desk. Either, will give your eyes a rest and something to focus on when you look up from your work.

Allow Enough Space

Make sure you allow enough space to work comfortably. Ask yourself if you will be able to move easily from side to side, stand up and sit back from your desk. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s easy to underestimate how much space you need.

Desk and Chair

Choosing the right desk and chair for your home office is essential. Select a desk that is wide enough for your computer and anything else necessary to do your work. This could be an in-tray, reference materials, or space to take notes. Ideally, your desk should 48” (120cm) wide minimum.

Choose a desk that is not too high – 28”-30” (70-75cm) is an acceptable range. Invest in a good-quality chair that is comfortable and adjustable if possible.

Storage and Shelving

When it comes to building a home office, storage is frequently ignored, but it can have a significant impact on your productivity. Make sure you have adequate storage space in the form of shelving, file cabinets, or cupboards.
Keep your new job close at hand. Find a convenient location for your filing system. Don’t forget about reference materials – whether you use manuals, catalogs, or reference books, keep them on a shelf near your desk.

A Place to Meet

Will you have clients or customers visit during the day? If you have room to have a small meeting area, that is ideal.

If not, plan for some additional seating in your home office design to allow for sit-down meetings. This can be as simple as 1-2 comfortable chairs, which are easy to pull up to your desk.

Tame Your Technology

Nothing makes a home office look or feel more cluttered than wires hanging from your desk and running everywhere. Hide your desk cords and take control of your technology

Original article by RoomSketcher

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