Home offices are here to stay.
At least, that’s what the latest figures are suggesting. According to a recent YouGov study, the number of jobs offering hybrid working options has increased by three-fold since the start of the pandemic. More employees are wanting to work flexibly from the comfort of their own home rather than commute to an office five days a week.
It’s no surprise then, that home offices are quickly becoming a much sought-after feature by property seekers, particularly amongst first-time buyers. In light of this, here are our top five tips for creating the perfect home office space:
1) Let there be light
The last thing you want is to sit at your desk ready for a productive day of work, only to realise that your main source of light is the off-white glare coming from your laptop screen. Creating a space with plenty of natural light is a key part of building the perfect home office. Not only does a splash of vitamin D give you a healthy boost of energy, but it will also spare you the hassle of buying clunky lamps that take up much-needed desk space.
More energy and cheaper bills? Winning!
Tip: Installing bi-fold doors is an easy way to brighten up a room, with the panes of glass letting the natural daylight flood in and work its magic.
2) Pinpoint your plugs
If you’re going to be using a lot of tech, you’ll need easy access to a power source. A desk under the window might make for a nice aesthetic, but if the closest plug point is on the other side of the room, you’ll find yourself in a bit of a bother.
Extension leads are an option, but they can also be a trip hazard waiting to happen. Factoring in plug points when deciding where to put your desk is a much easier, and less ‘accident-inducing’ way of creating the perfect office space.
3) Think in Colour
Choosing the perfect colour palette for your home office is no easy task.
The psychology behind colour is endless, not to mention complicated. However, it is worth doing a bit of research to see which colours would best suit your new work environment.
Blue, for example, creates a calming and serene vibe, whilst green has been known to relieve stress and even improve reading ability. Clever, right?
That’s why taking the time to choose the perfect colour for your home office is worth the effort, as it can make the difference between a productive day at the office and spending the day hunched over your screen with a headache.
4) Take notice
Staring at a screen all day can be very distracting, and it’s easy to lose track of your to-do list when you’re multitasking. Pinning notes and timetables to a notice board above your desk is an easy way to organise your thoughts and can be decorated to suit the room’s aesthetic. Simple but effective, a notice board gives you the space to be creative with your tasks and keep them in check.
Why not make the notice board into a feature wall with photos and some wallpaper?
5) Think outside the house
As hard as you try to keep your office free from noise and distraction, sometimes family life has other plans. Concentrating on an upcoming deadline when you can hear the thundering footsteps of overexcited children above your head may seems impossible for some, which is why a garden office may be the best solution.
Extending your home to accommodate an office will not only give you the space you need to focus, but it will also increase the value of your house. As the figures tell us, home offices are set to be a hot attraction to new homeowners over the coming years.