For the good of your joints, posture and comfort, don’t skimp here. Avoid ‘bargain’ chairs and choose a well-made, fully adjustable, ergonomic chair.
Your desk is important too. The right height is crucial (a desk specifically for office purposes is typically around 700mm, though it could be lower for shorter people), or you may find aches and pains creeping up on you.
If your office space is tied into another room, the desk will be the defining object. Large desks will demand focus, while smaller ones can blend in. Finish will affect the attention a desk demands. Imagine a unique antique wooden desk versus an elegant glass piece.
A change in flooring can help delineate the space further. This can be achieved with an area rug, or even a different material.
Storage is another important consideration. “Do you need more? Does it need to be more efficient? This is a great opportunity to introduce an inspiring colour,” says Debbie. “Paint the shelves a colour you love.”
Manage supplies and everyday tools with organisers and clever storage solutions. A matching desk set does wonders for the cleanliness of an office. Find some cute coordinating paper trays, penholder and mouse pad, then bask in how composed it makes the room look.
If you’re using a spare room, deck out the wardrobe with shelving or storage cabinets so that you minimise clutter in the main office area. Paint the inside of the wardrobe a vibrant colour that provides inspiration every time you open the doors.
Add finishing touches like artwork, personal curios and tokens of success to complete the space. If there’s room, add a comfortable armchair for taking a break or for reading papers and books in a more relaxed state. Comfort is often an overlooked perk in the home office – use it to your advantage.
Big or small, your office need not be dull and boring. Embrace a design aesthetic that suits you and watch your creativity soar.