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Home Office: how to make your home office really work

Working from home has become a reality for many people over the last few weeks, but even a hastily put together home office can be a space to be proud of.

Some may have the luxury of converting a spare room into an office come makeshift home school, but for others, their home office will comprise a hastily constructed workspace on the dining room table.

Whatever space you have for your home office, this is the time to make the most of it. And here’s our guide to get you there…

Home Office Step 1: De-clutter the workspace

Now is the perfect time for a clear out. Spring is on the horizon and let’s face it, with commutes temporarily on hold, we all have a little more time on our hands.

Put some serious time aside for every room in the home and empty each nook and cranny, getting rid of any items you don’t want.

As well as ridding your home of unwanted clutter, a good clear out is a fantastic way to see exactly how much space you could utilise for your new study.

Step 2: Find your perfect home office space

Home office hidden in a cupboard
Home Office Armoire from The Dormy House – £985

Spare bedrooms, a loft or even a shed all make fantastic home offices. But for those without the luxury of these additional spaces, don’t despair.

Your epic declutter may have revealed some underused space in your home.

With a little bit of creativity, the area under the stairs or a small alcove could become the perfect home office. Opt for a fold down desk that can be stowed when not in use and a chair that will complement the existing décor and voila, your own dedicated workspace.

The same goes in the master bedroom. But tread carefully, while it may be ideal for a bijou home study, do you really want to roll over in bed and see your to-do list? If budget and space allow, invest in a floor-to-ceiling cupboard and use the shelves as your desk and storage space. Buy a gorgeous chair that will support your back during the day and look great when not in use, and keep the cupboard doors firmly closed at night to ensure the work/life balance stays in order. 

Step 3: Desk duty

Everyone’s job is different, and so therefore, are everyone’s requirements. However, the one thing most of us will need when working from home is a desk.

A good work desk needs to be ergonomically designed to ensure you have adequate leg room for long periods of sitting. It also needs to be big enough for all the tools of your trade: paperwork, a laptop and all the other paraphernalia we need to do our jobs.

But after that, the choice is yours. Invest a little time sourcing the perfect piece that complements your existing style. Then, when it’s not in use, it will tie seamlessly into the rest of the home.

Step 4: Are you sitting comfortably?

Neat, compact home office in an alcove
If you are incorporating a work area in your living space, look for a chair to complement existing interiors, like this stunner from Cult Furniture

If you thought a decent desk is important, that pales into insignificance when it comes to a good office chair.

Make sure yours is adjustable with plenty of lumbar support to keep back pain at bay. Armrests and headrests are also nice-to-haves for additional comfort. Looks should come a close second to functionality but the plethora of office furniture on the market now means there are some gorgeous office chairs that will look great and keep your health in check.

Step 5: Light fantastic

Where possible, ensure your home office gets plenty of natural daylight to keep productivity and creativity on a high. It will also help brighten your mood, ensuring even the most tiresome tasks get ticked off the to-do list.

Unfortunately, natural light may lack a little if you plan to work early in the morning or late at night, so your office will need a little help in the illumination stakes. A great desk lamp is a must and again, use existing interiors as inspiration when it comes to choosing yours.

Step 6: Plant power

home office with several plants to add colour to the workspace
Create a biophilic beaut of a home office like this one from Green Trading

I will never stop banging on about the brilliance of house plants. I love them. And their supernatural powers – read about the feelgood factor plants bring into your home

There is a reason most offices have an abundance of greenery and it’s not because office managers want to win a style award.

Plants in the workspace are said to increase productivity and keep stress at bay. So make sure your home office has at least one. The great thing about plants is they quite literally come in all shapes and sizes so no matter how unusual, minute or quirky your office, you’ll always find one to fit.