Home Office Design Challenges—Solved
How to create an organized and inspiring work environment at home
With all of the changes in the world right now, many homeowners have had to adapt by working from home. For most of us, this is now the new normal—and we are quickly discovering that where and how we have been working previously is simply not practical anymore.
Fortunately, there are numerous ways to make the transition from the office to your home office a smooth one. Here are four design challenges homeowners have faced, and the solutions that will help you create an ideal work-from-home space.
Design Challenge #1: How to accommodate several members of a household in a shared workspace.
Solution: Divide the spaces appropriately.
Whether you and your partner now have to work together in the same room, or you have kids attending school remotely that need some supervision, it is important that each family member has their own personal space.
Make sure that the layout and design of your shared workspace addresses everyone’s individual needs, including separate storage and work surfaces. Consider a modular desk option with an adjustable desk height—which can be set lower for younger children and can increase in height as they grow and change the size of their chair.
Design Challenge #2: How to hide clutter and organize your space for maximum productivity.
Solution: Incorporate more storage.
Hide clutter, cords and office supplies with an abundance of upper and lower cabinets, and display personal items using bookshelves or floating shelves.
Clear tabletop surfaces by utilizing magnetic boards to organize urgent reminders, and store less timely paperwork in filing drawers. Free up floor space by incorporating trash and recycling behind cabinetry. Charging stations are also a great way to hide cords while providing electricity for your various devices.
Design Challenge #3: How to use limited space efficiently.
Solution: Create multi-purpose rooms.
A spare bedroom can play a dual role and function as a workspace. Hidden wall beds allow you to accommodate out-of-town guests and then easily transition back to your home office without interrupting everyday functionality. There are wall bed systems that even provide the option of incorporating a desk and shelf on the outside of the wall bed panel.
Design Challenge #4: How to create a space that promotes wellness.
Solution: Utilize a sit-to-stand desk.
With sit-to-stand desk options, you can raise your work surface from desk height to standing height with the touch of a button. It is important to change positions throughout the day in order to avoid neck aches. The more you move throughout the day, the better your energy, productivity and health.
Kristin Becker is the Sales Manager with California Closets, a Denver-based company that specializes in designing custom storage solutions for home offices, bedroom closets, entryways, garages, pantries and media centers. View their profile or contact Kristin at 303.754.0415.
Content for this article provided by California Closets.