Even the smallest office space can be an efficient place of business…
Dreadful commutes and inadequate or expensive parking options are luring many to work from home. The extra hours of leisure or sleep are an enticing benefit. However, artfully blending two different facets of life, home and work, takes planning and organization. While a lucky few can afford to devote an entire room to a home office, the majority are limited to small spaces that demand a more creative approach. An adequate workplace doesn’t have to be elaborate. It might easily coexist with a guest bedroom, an infrequently used kitchen corner, a dining room that’s free all day, or even an underused closet.
Lionsgate Design Inc.’s Small Home Office Ideas
- An effective home office doesn’t need to be large. Allow for a standard-size work surface, 20 inches deep with an 18-inch clearance on each side of a computer, and a comfortable chair
- Select a quiet spot, preferably away from other family members.
- In narrow rooms, position the desk against a wall rather than floating in the room’s centre. Standard office units are readily available through popular retailers.
- As in a kitchen, an L-shaped work surface provides a compact and efficient layout. Choose a desk chair with wheels to move easily between adjacent work areas.
- If you plan to receive clients in your home office, place the desk in the centre of the room where it commands attention. Incorporate narrow book-shelves on the wall directly behind you.
- Where wall space is limited, consider positioning a desk in front of a window. Allow for adequate window coverings to control glare.
- Place a desk against the back of a sofa and it will stand in as a serving space for parties.
- Choose a glass-topped desk for its space-expanding virtues.
- Choose a table with a cantilevered shelf to expand your workspace when needed, and to slim down when not in use.
- Resist the urge to keep hard copies of documents. Backup these items on a USB key, which holds a massive amount of data.
- Learn to use a calendar on your computer and forgo the large paper calendar.
- To improve the acoustic qualities of a home office, opt for full-length draperies and/or wall-to-wall carpeting. Choose textiles to coordinate with wall colour to increase the virtual size of the room.
- To visually quiet a room and enhance its appearance of spaciousness, avoid over pattern. A subtle tone-on-tone fabric works well.
- Choose a colour palette that supports the work atmosphere you desire. For quiet reading and concentration, choose pale, warm colours. To create a more dynamic environment, opt for stronger tones in the middle range. Remember, regardless of the colour, a singly unifying palette expands visual space.
- Whatever unique decorative style you choose, inject your workspace with personality to spark creativity and foster a sense of well-being. Include a few favourite objects such as treasured collections or family photographs, but don’t overdo it. Too many items on display only results in visual chaos.