Has COVID affected your work and your productivity? We know that working from home has its benefits, but there’s little doubt that being between the same four walls day after day can get boring and put a halt to your creativity and wellbeing.
That’s where the need for a change in scenery, energy, and style comes into play. We all know how essential the environment is when it comes to work, not just emotionally but also physically. What better way to put some zing back into your day than by designing your own home office in that spare bedroom or dusty corner? To make it into your own personal space where you can get into your zone and focus on your work from 9-5.
Keep reading for our top 5 design tips on how to pull this off and make you the proud new owner of your very own work zone.
1. First thing’s first, you gotta clean!
It’s always better to start any new project by getting rid of the old; whatever’s in the way and unnecessary should be put somewhere else or thrown out. Start by putting on your fave party tracks and laying out everything currently cluttering up the space. Then as per the queen of clean Marie Kondo, get three boxes – one for throw, one for charity and one for keep – be ruthless! Next, open the window, get some air in and get cleaning.
After you’ve got your new zone sorted you need to get your design hat on. Try to get into the mental zone of how you’d like your space to feel… Layout the space focusing around your desk and chair and test it out by moving your hands around while seated, do you feel crowded? If so, make more space by removing any extra clutter, shifting the desk and chair until it feels right. If you’re claustrophobic like me here, you will want to have an open and empty desk to start with. Keep in mind the type of space you’re in, are you by a window; if so add some plants for some fresh greenery that will bring a relaxing atmosphere to your workspace. End this stage by vacuuming, cleaning off any remaining dust, and a nice scented candle to set the mood.
2. Visualize space, visualize style, visualize comfort.
Here, you discover your taste in style, colour, furniture, and design. You start by asking yourself how you want to feel in this space. Here are some questions that our RoomLab designers would ask when designing an office space:
- What type of work will you be doing?
- Do you want to be seated or do you want a standing desk?
- What kind of colours do you imagine when you think of this space?
- Have you seen some inspirational home office designs online?
- Is it important to you that you have everything within reach?
- Do you have kids that you need to keep harmful objects far away from?
- Do you have a pet you want to consider making space for?
- How many devices will you have on your desk?
- Are you an avid reader who needs to be surrounded by books?
Once you have answers to these questions, you are ready to start thinking about the model, the shapes, and the pieces you want to put in. Try not to be impulsive with your selection, keep your options open – save your favourites and select one by the end of the process. If you have a lot of books you’ll need shelves, if you’re on screens all day you’ll need some good support tech like stands and a decent light. If like many of our designers, you spend your days with fabric or paint, consider adding a pinboard above your desk for easy inspo. If you need some direction on where to find office furniture and pieces? Check out *link* for very affordable and fabulous pieces.
3. The mood board
The mood board is where it all starts coming together, you begin to understand your taste on a deeper level. We know that it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to look, where to start and the design phrases to use when searching online; this is why Pinterest is a blessing, once you see something you like you can find out what it is and what it’s made of. Don’t forget that you can always book a free consultation call with us here at RoomLab to help you through the process.
We recommend putting the top five inspirations that you got from Pinterest printed and displayed right in front of you. And then, select the main things from each that you like the most and start putting your design puzzle together. It could be a colour, texture, layout or a combination of these. Here are our favourite office inspiration boards.
4. Setting a budget.
Based on your mood board, write a list of the furniture, accessories, and pieces you need to add to your home office. Include things that will make the space sing such as a new desk lampo, plant or picture. It’s often the accessories that pull the space together once you have the layout. Particularity as you’re unlikely to be making any big decorating decisions around paint or wallpaper here.
Allocate a rough cost to each by googling your fave home stores and add it all up. This will help you figure out, what your overall budget is, and whether you need to increase it or make a few changes to keep everything within your budget.
Here are a few of our favourite home stores:
- For midcentury, modern and a lot in between – West Elm
- For classic pieces and desk accessories – John Lewis
- Slightly higher budget, luxe finishes and classic French – Oka
- Modern scandi – Skandium
5. Ordering & installing
It just got real, it’s time to bring your design to life. When your order arrives and you’ve unboxed it and put it aside, you need to have both your mood board and model in front of you. Keep in mind that things may change and not go exactly as planned regarding the positioning of certain items on your desk and in your office.
You will know what will go where and serve you better when you try it in your workspace. Remember, you need to feel comfortable, flexible, and accessible – so when you’re seated or standing (if you got a standing desk) move around, reach for your cup of coffee/tea and test your surroundings – if all seems well, then you’re good to go. It also needs to feel inspiring! So this is where your accessories, potted plants, photo frames and new pencil case go! Don’t forget the power of a tidy space too and if it does not look as Zen as you’d like, Amazon and Muji have great solutions for small storage, cable tidies and desk organisers.
So, there you have it – a home office just for you. It may take time, but it also saves time once it gets productive and happy in your new home office. A former spare bedroom or dusty corner that made you cringe before will now inspire you and make you smile every morning. Treat yourself to a new mug, make a cuppa and smile. We’d love to see your new home office makeovers tag us on Instagram @roomlabofficial