Over time, we’ve witnessed a steady increase in businesses offering flexible working solutions including co-working spaces and facilities to work at home.
Our blog discusses how to create a suitable home working environment and how to furnish it effectively.
Working from home?
If you’re not disciplined, working at home is a challenge on its own, but many factors can be introduced to help inspire and motivate the user and give the general feeling of being at work, even from the comfort of your own home.
A professional and well-designed home office setup could comprise a standalone workstation and operator chair, to a fully fitted ‘made to measure’ fitted desk with integrated storage combined to maximise the space available.
Through research and experience, we’ve learned the most important factors for a home worker are comfort, practicality and above all office furniture to suit the existing décor of the home, whether that’s modern, contemporary or traditional.
Modern-built homes can struggle with space, so often spare rooms, loft spaces or garden summerhouses are adapted to accommodate working spaces within the home. These spaces are normally small, compact and already cluttered.
Designing a home office
The design of your new workspace needs to balance comfort, function, and aesthetics with the furniture designed to fit the space and be planned so that you can alter things around as needs change.
Here are a few great tips to help make your own home office feel bigger and more inspiring…
- When designing your new space, consider where you will benefit from natural light, the location of power and data sockets and any access points.
- Try to incorporate a feature wall into your interior design plan, either with the use of bold paint, wallpaper, wall art or a picture, this will help create a focal point for the room, whilst making the room inviting and motivating.
- By adding a mirror to small spaces, it can often create an illusion that the room feels larger than it is by reflecting the opposite wall. This is a great addition to home offices as compact spaces over a long period can make you feel claustrophobic or confined.
- Oversized desk or floor-standing lamps will help create bright and cheerful spaces.
- Comfortable small sofas and soft seating can offer greater flexibility when you need time away from the screen for phone calls or reading.
- When choosing suitable office furniture, try selecting light colours like white or a glass option. It will make the room flow seamlessly, engaging you as the viewer and providing an uplifting and enriching working space.
Home Office Desking
When looking at office desk options, first measure the space available taking into consideration whether the desk will be facing into the room, towards a window or making use of a corner area. Once you know the size of the desk you can accommodate, you could mark out the space on the floor using masking tape so you can visualise the area and how much space it’s going to require once you’ve added a chair and storage into the mix. The ideal home office space should allow you to freely move around your desk comfortably.
There are many styles and shapes of desking to consider, so here is a summary to help with the selection process:
Rectangular Desk – (also known as a writing desk) this style of desk can be compact and ideal for the smallest of areas within the home.
Radial Workstation – perfect to fit into corners and ideal if you need lots of desktop workspace.
Bench Desk – rectangular or wave-style desking that is ideal if two or more persons require desktop space, with shared components, leg frames, and integrated cable management.
Sit-Stand – a flexible desk that provides the user with the ability to sit or stand whilst working. This style of height-adjustable desk boasts great health benefits and meets many ergonomic requirements.
Bespoke Desk – this is made to fit your space, so talk to a good office furniture supplier like us here at Combined Office Interiors for advice and recommendations to meet your requirements.
Home Office Seating
The selection of a good home office chair is an important investment and should be given as much consideration as any other office chair. The right choice of chair will affect your posture, your comfort, and your wellbeing. It’s important to select a chair that matches your size and shape, whilst being ergonomically adjustable to meet any posture requirements.
Although the human body isn’t designed to sit down for long periods, a good ergonomic chair will offer flexibility and keep your body supported.
Like desks, there is a great choice of chairs on the marketplace that include:
Mesh Chair – A mesh chair is a popular modern chair solution. Mesh back chairs can be supplied with a mesh back and padded seat, or both mesh back and seat. The mesh style back offers flexibility, movement, and breathability.
Task Chair – A task chair is a universal and durable seat solution, suitable for a variety of activities and body types. Task chairs are available in a range of back heights and have the flexibility to be provided with or without arms.
Executive Chair – is superior in design and comfort. Often with a tall back, executive chairs are made with premium materials including leather and offer a grander appearance and comfort to the user.
Bariatric Chair – is an oversized chair that is designed to evenly distribute weight for people who generally weigh between 20 to 35 stone.
Kneeling Chairs and stools – Most kneeling chairs are similar in design and function. The seat is angled so it shifts your body forward. Shin rests are located so they take the pressure off your back and bottom when you sit. This design style has many ergonomic benefits, each with its own pros and cons, and we would suggest you demo a chair or stool where possible to ensure this will meet your own requirements.
Along with choosing a suitable chair, there are many accessories you can include for added comfort and freedom of movement including pump-up lumbar support, seat slide, and seat tilts. Read our short blog ‘Seating mechanisms explained’ for an insight into what’s available and what you may require.
Can we help?
If you need any home office advice, whether it be space planning or product selection, please get in touch with our experienced team here at COI. We’ll be happy to help and ensure your new space works best for you and meets your every expectation. Get in touch.
Last Updated on June 22, 2023