DIY enthusiast guide to creating a home office

DIY enthusiast guide to creating a home office

With working from home set to be the norm – for at least the short-term with more people than ever intending on staying home, now is the perfect time for you to create your home office – no matter the space you have available.

Plan your space

As a home office becomes hot commodity for prospective buyers, planning your space is essential. Workout what it is you need from a home office. Do you mainly work on a laptop or desktop? Do you need enough space for writing? Do you have lots of books, files, and paperwork you need to store? Or is a clear and uncluttered desk the look you’re after?

If it’s the latter, perhaps you only need a small desk with an office chair. If you need more space, can you convert a spare bedroom? Taking the time to think about what you need from an office will help inform you of where your new office could be housed.

Choose your colour scheme

We all know that colour can have an impact on how we feel, so it’s imperative you pick a scheme that helps motivate and boost your productivity. Do you work in a creative environment in which case bold and bright colours might spark the imagination? Or perhaps you need an area that’s calming and provides clarity?

Above all, you should choose colours and décor that you live. We spent the majority of our time working, so we should spend it in a place we love.

Get the tools ready

Any DIY enthusiast knows that before you start a job you should get all the tools and safety equipment ready. If you’re knocking down walls, safety goggles are a must, and if you’re building flat-pack furniture, you’ll want to make sure you have an impact wrench to help you get the job done in a speedy fashion.

Having the tools to hand will ensure there is no hold-up to your DIY decorating.

Invest in your furniture

In order to have a functioning home office you should think about the type of furniture you need. When it comes to an office it should be function over form anytime. Whilst something might look great, it might not be the most practical – or forgiving on your posture.

It’s not just a desk and chair you need to think about, consider your lighting too. Think about how much natural light your office space will get, whether it’s north or south facing. Equally, think about the lighting during the seasons. It might be that in the summer there’s sufficient light, but come winter a desk lamp might be required.