How to design the perfect work-from-home space

How to design the perfect work-from-home space

Being able to work from home productively requires a tailor-made space.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Working from home can be a boon for productivity. Time spent commuting is gone and you’re free to work however you like to get things done. 

Here’s how to design a productive home office.

Designate a space for work

It might sound like heaven—lying in bed all day, unshowered, and only rising for occasional visits to the bathroom and kitchen—but working from home presents a unique challenge working in an office doesn’t; namely, getting your head in the zone to work.

Choosing a designated space for work, and not just working anywhere and everywhere, helps enormously.

The location and space you’re in affects your state of mind. It’s one of the reasons we’re advised not to watch TV in bed; it trains our brain to associate that place with something other than sleep, which can make sleep more difficult. 

Have you had days where you’ve got up for work feeling unmotivated, but then once in the office find yourself switched on and in the groove? That’s the wonder of mental association. When working from home, you want to try and build similar associations with the space you work in.

Try to avoid using the couch as your main work space.
Try to avoid using the couch as your main work space.

The ideal scenario is to turn an entire room into a home office. With a dedicated room, it’s easier to keep your work all in one place and when you’re finished at the end of the day, leave the space until the next day.

If you don’t have the space to dedicate an entire room to an office, that’s okay—a specific desk or area within a room can work the same associative magic. Try your best, however, to only use that space for work.

Design to motivate and inspire

Once you’ve chosen a space, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll populate it with.

A home office shouldn’t just be utilitarian; it should be a space that inspires you to work. Take advantage of the fact that you get to make all the decisions about the decor. Would your coworkers find a high-contrast, black and pink walled room with ice white furniture too much for your regular office? When it’s your home, you’re free to go wherever your tastes take you. 

You can also embrace creative products that substitute for traditional office furniture or accessories. Resene’s Write-On wall paint, for example, creates a clear whiteboard-like finish over a painted wall.

Resene's Write-on wall paint can turn any wall into a whiteboard.
Resene's Write-on wall paint can turn any wall into a whiteboard.

Choose the right furniture and fittings

There are three primary things you need for a productive home office space: cool lighting, a good desk, and a comfortable chair.

1. Lighting 

Good lighting design is a big part of making an effective home workspace. Lights on the cooler and bluer end of the colour temperature scale are ideal for a workspace. Blue light is what tells the brain it’s daytime and a lack of it can tell the brain the opposite, making you sleepy. Keep the warm and dim lights for the relaxing spaces in your home.

If you’re only working at a desk in the corner of a bedroom, however, you can use task lighting to achieve a similar effect. Invest in a lamp and fit it with a cool-coloured bulb. Use it while you’re working but when you’re done, turn it off and use your room’s regular warmer lighting.

2. Desk

As the piece of furniture you’ll be working at for most of the day, your desk needs to be one that’s comfortable and conducive to getting things done. Make sure it’s of a height where your chair (which we’ll get to in a moment) can be adjusted to an ergonomic height. For the most flexibility in this respect, a height-adjustable desk is perfect, as you can tailor your desk’s position to your chair, or ditch the chair entirely and stand.

Find a desk that suits your style and is comfortable enough to work well at.
Find a desk that suits your style and is comfortable enough to work well at.

3. Chair

As with choosing a desk, think about how your chair will affect your ability to work. Choose something comfortable to avoid the temptation of just using your laptop in bed or on the couch.

Chairs and desks should be aesthetically complementary too, and tie into the overall design of the room.

Go green

Add some plants to your workspace. Research has shown that adding plants to a previously spartan office environment increases productivity, workplace satisfaction and self-reported levels of concentration.

Hanging baskets can make a great addition to a home office. Pictured are rattan baskets by Le Monde.
Hanging baskets can make a great addition to a home office. Pictured are rattan baskets by Le Monde.

Control the sound

One of the more difficult things to control when working from home is noise pollution. While they’re generally more quiet than the hustle and bustle of commercial areas, residential areas can still have their fair share of disruptive sounds—jarring noises such as lawn mowers, residential construction etc.

The invasiveness of sounds can be minimised, however, with acoustic treatment. If your home office is part of a new build, you can add acoustic insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling. If you have a pre-existing space, you can add acoustic panels to the walls or ceiling to kill some of the sound bouncing around the room.

Clear the clutter

Keeping your workspace free of clutter and junk is helpful for maintaining focus. This advice applies to a desk in a regular office too, but the difference with a home office is that there’s more of your stuff laying about that can migrate onto your desk and take over the space.

Invest in storage and shelving units to keep files or any loose bits and bobs tidy and easily found.

Beyond organisational furniture, a useful mindset to approach your workspace is to imagine it was in an office where your coworkers or clients could see it. Would you want them to see dirty plates, empty coffee mugs and piles of washing to fold? Probably not. A disciplined approach makes it easier to treat your desk as a place for work and for work only. 

Browse Archipro’s range of residential projects and start designing your home office space by engaging with the best architecture and design professionals today.

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How to design the perfect work-from-home space

Being able to work from home productively requires a tailor-made space.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Working from home can be a boon for productivity. Time spent commuting is gone and you’re free to work however you like to get things done. 

Here’s how to design a productive home office.

Designate a space for work

It might sound like heaven—lying in bed all day, unshowered, and only rising for occasional visits to the bathroom and kitchen—but working from home presents a unique challenge working in an office doesn’t; namely, getting your head in the zone to work.

Choosing a designated space for work, and not just working anywhere and everywhere, helps enormously.

The location and space you’re in affects your state of mind. It’s one of the reasons we’re advised not to watch TV in bed; it trains our brain to associate that place with something other than sleep, which can make sleep more difficult. 

Have you had days where you’ve got up for work feeling unmotivated, but then once in the office find yourself switched on and in the groove? That’s the wonder of mental association. When working from home, you want to try and build similar associations with the space you work in.

Try to avoid using the couch as your main work space.
Try to avoid using the couch as your main work space.

The ideal scenario is to turn an entire room into a home office. With a dedicated room, it’s easier to keep your work all in one place and when you’re finished at the end of the day, leave the space until the next day.

If you don’t have the space to dedicate an entire room to an office, that’s okay—a specific desk or area within a room can work the same associative magic. Try your best, however, to only use that space for work.

Design to motivate and inspire

Once you’ve chosen a space, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll populate it with.

A home office shouldn’t just be utilitarian; it should be a space that inspires you to work. Take advantage of the fact that you get to make all the decisions about the decor. Would your coworkers find a high-contrast, black and pink walled room with ice white furniture too much for your regular office? When it’s your home, you’re free to go wherever your tastes take you. 

You can also embrace creative products that substitute for traditional office furniture or accessories. Resene’s Write-On wall paint, for example, creates a clear whiteboard-like finish over a painted wall.

Resene's Write-on wall paint can turn any wall into a whiteboard.
Resene's Write-on wall paint can turn any wall into a whiteboard.

Choose the right furniture and fittings

There are three primary things you need for a productive home office space: cool lighting, a good desk, and a comfortable chair.

1. Lighting 

Good lighting design is a big part of making an effective home workspace. Lights on the cooler and bluer end of the colour temperature scale are ideal for a workspace. Blue light is what tells the brain it’s daytime and a lack of it can tell the brain the opposite, making you sleepy. Keep the warm and dim lights for the relaxing spaces in your home.

If you’re only working at a desk in the corner of a bedroom, however, you can use task lighting to achieve a similar effect. Invest in a lamp and fit it with a cool-coloured bulb. Use it while you’re working but when you’re done, turn it off and use your room’s regular warmer lighting.

2. Desk

As the piece of furniture you’ll be working at for most of the day, your desk needs to be one that’s comfortable and conducive to getting things done. Make sure it’s of a height where your chair (which we’ll get to in a moment) can be adjusted to an ergonomic height. For the most flexibility in this respect, a height-adjustable desk is perfect, as you can tailor your desk’s position to your chair, or ditch the chair entirely and stand.

Find a desk that suits your style and is comfortable enough to work well at.
Find a desk that suits your style and is comfortable enough to work well at.

3. Chair

As with choosing a desk, think about how your chair will affect your ability to work. Choose something comfortable to avoid the temptation of just using your laptop in bed or on the couch.

Chairs and desks should be aesthetically complementary too, and tie into the overall design of the room.

Go green

Add some plants to your workspace. Research has shown that adding plants to a previously spartan office environment increases productivity, workplace satisfaction and self-reported levels of concentration.

Hanging baskets can make a great addition to a home office. Pictured are rattan baskets by Le Monde.
Hanging baskets can make a great addition to a home office. Pictured are rattan baskets by Le Monde.

Control the sound

One of the more difficult things to control when working from home is noise pollution. While they’re generally more quiet than the hustle and bustle of commercial areas, residential areas can still have their fair share of disruptive sounds—jarring noises such as lawn mowers, residential construction etc.

The invasiveness of sounds can be minimised, however, with acoustic treatment. If your home office is part of a new build, you can add acoustic insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling. If you have a pre-existing space, you can add acoustic panels to the walls or ceiling to kill some of the sound bouncing around the room.

Clear the clutter

Keeping your workspace free of clutter and junk is helpful for maintaining focus. This advice applies to a desk in a regular office too, but the difference with a home office is that there’s more of your stuff laying about that can migrate onto your desk and take over the space.

Invest in storage and shelving units to keep files or any loose bits and bobs tidy and easily found.

Beyond organisational furniture, a useful mindset to approach your workspace is to imagine it was in an office where your coworkers or clients could see it. Would you want them to see dirty plates, empty coffee mugs and piles of washing to fold? Probably not. A disciplined approach makes it easier to treat your desk as a place for work and for work only. 

Browse Archipro’s range of residential projects and start designing your home office space by engaging with the best architecture and design professionals today.

Top banner image credit: Innovative Interiors 

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How to design the perfect work-from-home space

How to design the perfect work-from-home space

Being able to work from home productively requires a tailor-made space.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Working from home can be a boon for productivity. Time spent commuting is gone and you’re free to work however you like to get things done. 

Here’s how to design a productive home office.

Designate a space for work

It might sound like heaven—lying in bed all day, unshowered, and only rising for occasional visits to the bathroom and kitchen—but working from home presents a unique challenge working in an office doesn’t; namely, getting your head in the zone to work.

Choosing a designated space for work, and not just working anywhere and everywhere, helps enormously.

The location and space you’re in affects your state of mind. It’s one of the reasons we’re advised not to watch TV in bed; it trains our brain to associate that place with something other than sleep, which can make sleep more difficult. 

Have you had days where you’ve got up for work feeling unmotivated, but then once in the office find yourself switched on and in the groove? That’s the wonder of mental association. When working from home, you want to try and build similar associations with the space you work in.

Try to avoid using the couch as your main work space.
Try to avoid using the couch as your main work space.

The ideal scenario is to turn an entire room into a home office. With a dedicated room, it’s easier to keep your work all in one place and when you’re finished at the end of the day, leave the space until the next day.

If you don’t have the space to dedicate an entire room to an office, that’s okay—a specific desk or area within a room can work the same associative magic. Try your best, however, to only use that space for work.

Design to motivate and inspire

Once you’ve chosen a space, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll populate it with.

A home office shouldn’t just be utilitarian; it should be a space that inspires you to work. Take advantage of the fact that you get to make all the decisions about the decor. Would your coworkers find a high-contrast, black and pink walled room with ice white furniture too much for your regular office? When it’s your home, you’re free to go wherever your tastes take you. 

You can also embrace creative products that substitute for traditional office furniture or accessories. Resene’s Write-On wall paint, for example, creates a clear whiteboard-like finish over a painted wall.

Resene's Write-on wall paint can turn any wall into a whiteboard.
Resene's Write-on wall paint can turn any wall into a whiteboard.

Choose the right furniture and fittings

There are three primary things you need for a productive home office space: cool lighting, a good desk, and a comfortable chair.

1. Lighting 

Good lighting design is a big part of making an effective home workspace. Lights on the cooler and bluer end of the colour temperature scale are ideal for a workspace. Blue light is what tells the brain it’s daytime and a lack of it can tell the brain the opposite, making you sleepy. Keep the warm and dim lights for the relaxing spaces in your home.

If you’re only working at a desk in the corner of a bedroom, however, you can use task lighting to achieve a similar effect. Invest in a lamp and fit it with a cool-coloured bulb. Use it while you’re working but when you’re done, turn it off and use your room’s regular warmer lighting.

2. Desk

As the piece of furniture you’ll be working at for most of the day, your desk needs to be one that’s comfortable and conducive to getting things done. Make sure it’s of a height where your chair (which we’ll get to in a moment) can be adjusted to an ergonomic height. For the most flexibility in this respect, a height-adjustable desk is perfect, as you can tailor your desk’s position to your chair, or ditch the chair entirely and stand.

Find a desk that suits your style and is comfortable enough to work well at.
Find a desk that suits your style and is comfortable enough to work well at.

3. Chair

As with choosing a desk, think about how your chair will affect your ability to work. Choose something comfortable to avoid the temptation of just using your laptop in bed or on the couch.

Chairs and desks should be aesthetically complementary too, and tie into the overall design of the room.

Go green

Add some plants to your workspace. Research has shown that adding plants to a previously spartan office environment increases productivity, workplace satisfaction and self-reported levels of concentration.

Hanging baskets can make a great addition to a home office. Pictured are rattan baskets by Le Monde.
Hanging baskets can make a great addition to a home office. Pictured are rattan baskets by Le Monde.

Control the sound

One of the more difficult things to control when working from home is noise pollution. While they’re generally more quiet than the hustle and bustle of commercial areas, residential areas can still have their fair share of disruptive sounds—jarring noises such as lawn mowers, residential construction etc.

The invasiveness of sounds can be minimised, however, with acoustic treatment. If your home office is part of a new build, you can add acoustic insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling. If you have a pre-existing space, you can add acoustic panels to the walls or ceiling to kill some of the sound bouncing around the room.

Clear the clutter

Keeping your workspace free of clutter and junk is helpful for maintaining focus. This advice applies to a desk in a regular office too, but the difference with a home office is that there’s more of your stuff laying about that can migrate onto your desk and take over the space.

Invest in storage and shelving units to keep files or any loose bits and bobs tidy and easily found.

Beyond organisational furniture, a useful mindset to approach your workspace is to imagine it was in an office where your coworkers or clients could see it. Would you want them to see dirty plates, empty coffee mugs and piles of washing to fold? Probably not. A disciplined approach makes it easier to treat your desk as a place for work and for work only. 

Browse Archipro’s range of residential projects and start designing your home office space by engaging with the best architecture and design professionals today.

Top banner image credit: Innovative Interiors 

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