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The Hidden Compact Home Office
It is not the size of your home office that matters, but the design.
With an understanding of how to utilise the space in the best way possible, you can create a light, pleasant space in which to get your important tasks completed.
These hints and tips will help…
- Find the right space for your office – it is important that you choose space in your home that is light, airy and a pleasant place to work. If you are going to be spending some time at your desk daily, you shouldn’t squash yourself in under the stairs if there is another space that could be utilised.
- Make a list of what you need – no one works the same and so you may need worktop space for all kinds of gadgets and technology or, you may need a suitable desk and chair at which to spend your days writing.
- Use every inch of vertical space – a smaller space can feel more cluttered when there are lots of items on the floor. Consider swapping some of the drawer space for shelving space and for items you don’t need to access frequently, store above head-height. To stop it looking overly cluttered, use pretty boxes to store loose papers. Better still, hide wall shelving behind a set of attractive sliding doors to provide the airy uncluttered effect.
- Store things you don’t use often – you will have items that you will need to use but on an infrequent basis. When this is the case, finding somewhere else to store them frees up space in your compact home office. Make sure they are in a safe place, free from damp and in sturdy, labelled boxes.
- Choose furniture carefully – you have to have a level of practicality when it comes to choosing furniture for a compact home office and not be swayed by items that look pretty and have ‘great storage solutions’, but actually offer you very little. Fitted integrated furniture works best to utilise space effectively. Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best.
- Keep the desk top clear – your workspace should be treated with reverence. In other words, the less clutter there is on your work surface, the better the work environment will be for you. This means being organised and having the storage space that you need.
- Swivel chair – there is no doubt that if you are sitting at a desk for long periods, having a swivel chair that supports the back and your legs is essential. Ergonomically designed chairs support your body in all kinds of ways, relieving pressure off joints and so on. They don’t have to be big, cumbersome chairs either but a swivel chair will give you the scope of movement you need in a smaller home office.
Our top tip!
We think that for any home office, large or small, there is one essential item that everyone should have and keep close to them: a paper shredder.
How many bills and letters do you hold on to when you don’t need to but with your personal details, you don’t put in the bin? A shredder is easily accommodated and when it’s close at hand, you can shred things when you no longer need them.