Does it get any better than having a 20 step commute to work? Actually, some people flourish working in an office at home while others find it frustrating. However, the trend is that each year hundred of workers move from a traditional workplace to working from their home.
Creating a home workplace is a unique decorating challenge. You want your office space to look effortlessly beautiful, but how do you accommodate less than beautiful computers and printers? If you do not have a dedicated room for your home office, it can be integrated into other rooms such as infrequently used dining rooms or spare bedrooms. Where space is tight or awkwardly shaped, like space under the stairs or a kitchen corner, the best option may be built-in furniture. To start you should decide on the function of the space. A room that is primarily a workspace is different from one that is used only for short periods at a time.
The ergonomics of your design are important. You need to find a position for yourself that doesn't involve you stretching at awkward angles for what you need. Think about what you will be able to reach from a sitting position and what will require you to get up from your seat. Finding the right adjustable chair is essential.
Work table or desk placement will be influenced by the natural light as your screen will need to be positioned away from the window to prevent glare. Think about powering your workstation. Do you have enough plug sockets? Plan to manage your cable for safety. Do you have enough or too much light? Don't forget about task lighting. Will you need an extra phone line?
Color will also have an impact on the success of your space. Fresh or muted shades of yellow, blue, green, beiges and creams are easy on the eye and can be uplifting and conducive to work. Bold, inky colors tend to be more oppressive and less inspirational.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating the ideal space. Your choice will depend on how you plan to use the area, how much room is available and what your budget is.