As working patterns change, many of us now complete aspects of our work from home. Having a dedicated home workspace provides a focussed environment to complete these tasks. Here we consider how to design a home workspace that is both functional and beautiful.
Will it be used by one person or the entire family? Will it be a space to complete homework or a room for house admin? Answering these questions will allow you to consider what furniture and accessories you will need to include.
One thing that all workspaces will require is a desk. As the central item within your workspace, the look and style of the desk will inform the rest of the room. From a practical perspective, you should aim to choose a desk that is large enough for you to work on without it dominating the entire space.
A home workspace can quickly become a dumping ground for paperwork if you don’t maintain an adequate filing system. Having an organised workspace will help to create a calm and productive environment that also looks great.
If you have shelves or drawers, invest in file boxes or baskets that you can label. That way, you can easily access bank statements, bills and payslips. The use of an in-tray will allow you to keep letters and documents handy and tidy before they are filed away. Also, consider purchasing various sized containers in order to store stationery, cables or other miscellaneous items.
While being a functional part of the house, a workspace is also a part of your home so it should reflect your character.
A stylish desk chair will immediately add style to your space but make sure it is comfortable so it encourages you to spend time in there. Lighting will also make a huge impact upon the atmosphere of the room; ideally having lighting on different levels will provide you with greater control.
Finally, don’t forget to inject some personality into the room. This can be achieved with houseplants, framed pictures or soft furnishings but remember that less is more. The overall look should be ordered and minimal to prevent you from becoming distracted from last year’s holiday snaps!
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