George Town Interiors

Designing Your Home Office

Setting up an office in your home needs time and thought invested into it. Organizing your workspace will help improve your productivity and there are many aspects that should be taken into account.

The space you have to use will vary, you may have a separate room that you can use as your home office or perhaps just a desk in the corner of your lounge or bedroom. Even if you have only a small amount of office space to work with you can still utilize what you have to create an efficient work area.

Noise and interference from the rest of the household needs to be kept to a minimum, just because you are at home doesn't mean you shouldn't be as professional as possible. If you are on the phone to a client and the dogs barking or the television is blaring you won't be portraying a professional image or instill confidence in your abilities.

You will need a functional desk and adequate lighting, preferably natural light, along with a computer, fax and printer and storage for important documents. You don't want to be rummaging around looking for something while on the phone with a client.

Decide which style you would like your home office to be. Do you want a simple and functional office design or if you will be seeing clients do you want something more sophisticated? Are you looking for something contemporary and comfortable or more traditional décor?

However you set up your home office, it will need to be functional and organized. You will be spending a lot of time there so comfort is also important, and keeping it separate from the rest of the home will mean that you can still retain a good work/life balance.

Another important thing to remember with a home office is that you are now spending nearly 24 hours a day in your house which will inevitably mean increased energy usage. It's a good idea to obtain an audit from a qualified energy assessor who can suggest improvements and provide an Energy Performance Certificate. with clever use of window glazing, efficient heating, solar power and energy saving lighting you can save hundreds each year. Remember, you're paying the daytime energy bills now - not your boss!