1. Figure out what duties you need it to function – Are you using just your computer or do you need space to sew? How much storage do you need? Will the office be exclusively for work or does it have to pull double duty? Once you determine what tasks you need your office to perform, it is much easier to put together a plan.
This dining room doubles as an office from Veranda
2. Have comfy seating – if you are going to be sitting at a desk or a crafting table, make sure your tush is happy! Choose a comfortable chair as your desk chair. Desk chairs come in lots of different shapes and sizes these days. Also, it doesn't have to be a desk chair. Dining chairs work well too!
Comfy office chair from Driven by Decor
3. Set up ample storage, whatever that may be – If you craft you need space for all of your paper, glue, ribbon, paint, etc. If you are a business owner you need space for office supplies. If you sew, you need to store fabric and your sewing machine(s). And for me, I need lots of space for sample books and bins for loose samples.
Ample storage at Darcy Miller Designs
4. Proper lighting is key – If you don’t get a lot of natural light or if you work a lot at night, you need proper lighting. Computer light can give you a headache if you don’t have natural light or room lighting to balance it out. Task lighting is important for creative jobs or ones that require intense focus on something.
These brass sconces illuminate perfectly styled shelves by Studio McGee
5. Your home office should make you feel productive – the design is just as important as the function. Your office should make you feel ready to take on the world! So don’t skimp on the décor. Let your office be a true reflection of you. I have 2 vision boards in my office so I can stay focused on where I want my life to go. Having inspirational pictures or quotes around can keep you motivated on days when it is difficult.
Now get to decorating your perfect home office space. And if you need help, you know where to find me....