In recent years, the preference to have a home office has risen tremendously. While this was already a growing trend before the pandemic, since then the need to be able to work from home has skyrocketed. And while many companies have implanted some type of back-to-the-office policies, many of them are still hybrid. The fact is, working from home is now a staple of the work experience and it isn’t going anywhere.
That means that homes all over the country have had a room or dedicated area converted to some kind of office. And although it may seem like a big project, creating a working space in your home is not a difficult task. From everything including measuring your available area to desktop power strips to furniture, this simple, easy-to-follow guide will walk you through the entire process of setting up your home office.
1. Evaluating Your Available Space
The first step in creating your home office is to determine the best location for it. You want to consider things such as lighting, noise levels, comfort, and how close it’s located to common in-house distractions (TVs, high-traffic areas, pets, etc.). Being able to minimize distractions and interruptions is critical to being productive in your work tasks.
2. Creating the Layout and Design
This is usually the fun part or, at least the part where the ideas begin to flow and you have something to get excited about as you see your vision start to become a real thing. It’s best to consider what type of work you do and what you need out of your space before designing it. For example, if you don’t have extensive paperwork or documents you need to store, you probably won’t need a dedicated space for a filing cabinet.
3. Desktop Power Strip for Simple Cable Management
Regardless of the specific equipment and accessories you need for your job, it is certain that you will have at least a few cords and cables lying around. Computers, phones, along with any number of other devices and their chargers means there could be a lot of loose cables. And it’s not just about looks; cords that are haphazardly lying on the floor can create a tripping hazard. You will need the organization offered by power strips.
4. Finding the Right Office Furniture
Now that you have the details out of the way, the final step is picking the right furniture for your style and needs. You’ll want to compare office desks, storage or filing cabinets (if you need that type of storage), lighting, chairs, and any other items or accessories you’ll need for your specific industry. And don’t forget the desktop power strip to manage any electronic devices you purchase.
A Workspace that Matches Your Energy and Vibe
Unlike working in a corporate environment designed by someone else, when you build your own home office, you have the opportunity to make it uniquely yours. Whether that means quirky décor, ambient lighting, or bright, vibrant colors, you can create something that makes you feel relaxed, comfortable, and productive.