Whether you work or study from home, making sure you have a designated area to concentrate and hide away from all distractions is essential to staying productive. After all, it can be difficult to concentrate when your television is just a few steps away or your partner is making lots of noise in the kitchen. That’s why many people decide to turn a spare room into a home office, giving them an area to get to work and stay motivated throughout the day.
If you’re planning to convert a spare room into a home office, here are our top design tips:
It can be difficult to stay productive throughout the day when you’re working in a dark and dingy room. Poorly lit rooms can feel cramped, making you feel trapped and unable to concentrate. On the other hand, light, airy rooms often feel much more inspiring, especially when the lighting comes from a natural source. If you’re able to do so, design your home office with large, sun-facing windows, such as skylights, to allow as much light to flood in as possible.
A tidy desk brings a tidy mind, so try to minimise all distractions by keeping your home office neat and tidy. If your room is cluttered with disorganised piles of documents and pieces of stationery, it will likely be difficult to focus on the task at hand. To keep your home office tidy and free from mess, make sure you have plenty of storage to keep cables, pens, notepads, spare computer parts and snacks out of sight.
Although cherry red may be your favourite colour, it isn’t likely to help you remain calm and collected throughout the day – something which is extremely important for a productive day of work or study. Instead, opt for neutral colours that symbolise simplicity and tranquillity, such as pastel yellows and blues. Stark white walls can sometimes feel bare and uninspiring, so consider hanging up prints or photographs if you’d like to stick with white walls.
The buzz of the television or the rumbling of the kettle can become frustrating if you’re trying to concentrate on something or meet a particularly stressful deadline. To avoid these disruptions and minimise all distractions, try to choose a room far away from communal living areas. If this isn’t possible, make sure you invest in a sturdy door to block out as much noise as possible and let people know you’re working.
Sitting in an uncomfortable chair all day can lead to muscle and joint pain, which certainly isn’t conducive to a productive day of work. To avoid this and make sure you can focus without suffering from aches and pains, it’s a good idea to invest in ergonomic furniture. A sturdy chair with suitable back support is essential, in addition to a desk built in at the appropriate height for your needs.
Are you hoping to revamp one of your spare rooms into a stylish home office? Look no further than Woodhouse Kitchens & Bedrooms. In addition to specialising in fitted kitchens and bedrooms, our team of design professionals are also experts in designing and fitting home offices in Harrogate with productivity in mind. For more information about our range of services and to find out what we could do for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Woodhouse Kitchens & Bedrooms today.