Before the pandemic, a home office was usually reserved for people in big houses, lawyers, and workaholics who had to bring their work home. Authors and writers, academics, maybe yes, but not people whose work was to sit behind a desk and work on their computers or be on the phone all day.
It may seem unbelievable that it took a global pandemic to make us all realize that we don’t have to be in an actual office to do our jobs. As a matter of fact, there have been studies conducted that showed clearly that people’s productivity has been significantly on the rise since the shift to hybrid work and working from home.
This article is here to help you get ideas and inspiration for your home office design that won’t break the bank or take days and months of your life. You can instead choose to spend your time more effectively or have fun by reading a book, going on a hike, or checking out online games at ignition online. That’s right, your home office can become your “gamezone” “library”, etc. So, make it a little cozy as well.
In 2020, most of us had to make do with what we had, which was usually our bed and a laptop, maybe a small desk, or the kitchen table. However, as more and more companies choose to let their employees decide on where they want to work, and even opt for a hybrid or completely remote work, people have found themselves in need of a proper office at home.
Most of us do not have a spare room in an apartment or house that can be conveniently turned into an office. The good news is that you don’t need a full home office to be comfortable working from home.
Most of us think we never have enough space for a new piece of furniture or a different setup. However, with some careful planning, there are ways to transform a room and make a home office within a room that serves as something else. For example, a bedroom. We all know that bedrooms usually have “the chair” where the spare clothes are kept. Try putting a small desk there and use the space as your work nook.
If you have a walk-in closet or a separate room with a wardrobe or washing machine, try making a cloffice. It’s all the rage in today’s design trends, and it is a fantastic use of space – Unless you have a meeting while the dryer is on!
When we think about making a home office, what we usually believe is that we need loads of money and new things. A brand-new desk, an armchair, stationery, a computer, a mouse, speakers…
First and foremost, you don’t need all of that, especially not new. There are dozens of ways to make or upcycle a desk from old cupboards, second-hand furniture, or even doors! You can even upholster your own armchair. All you need is some paint, fabric, foam, and a lot of imagination.
Yard sales and second-hand stores are your best friend when it comes to do-it-yourself projects. You can usually find great pieces, even new ones, for a small amount of money. Sometimes, people sell or throw out perfectly usable things that can serve a great purpose in your house and your new home office.
To make yourself feel like you have a separate living and working space, there are design techniques that make this possible. This does not mean that you should tear down walls and build them up again. Try subtle design ideas that make all the difference. Wallpaper is a great divider of space. Think about using wallpaper that makes you feel inspired and glue it on the wall where your desk is. This will make it stand out and give a different dimension to a room.
Mirrors are also a tried-and-true design technique for deepening the space and creating an illusion of a wider and bigger room. If the room where your home office will be is small, glue mirror tiles on the wall or even the ceiling. Mirrors reflect the light and will make the room seem bigger and brighter. If all else fails, turn to paint. Do not be afraid to divide a single wall into two parts and paint them different colors. If you use color blocking as your inspiration, the effect will be even stronger.
There you have it. A home office doesn’t need to cost you a fortune or mean tedious work. With some creativity, a few do-it-yourself projects, and a weekend or two of messy hands, you’ll have your dream home office.