With many of us working from home indefinitely, it’s more important now than ever to create a comfortable workspace in your home. Creating a custom home office to suit all of your personal and professional needs is a great way to keep your work life and home life separate even though they are taking place under the same roof. Even when life returns to normal, most of us will still need a workspace in our homes, so when you’re designing your custom home with Omega, consider these tips for creating the perfect custom home office.
Design the Space to Accommodate More Than One Person
It’s important to create a workspace that can accommodate you and your significant other, so you don’t have to fight over who gets to use the workspace each day, and no one gets exiled to the kitchen table. Even if you have a one-income household, having multiple workstations allows you both to be able to sit and pay bills or send emails. Your custom home office can also double as a great workspace for your children to do their homework without any distractions
Create a Dual-Purpose Space
Having an office that is exclusively an office is great, but many homeowners don’t have enough rooms in their homes to dedicate a whole room to a workspace. When you’re designing your custom home office, consider having it serve as a spare bedroom as well. If you find that having a bed in your office takes up too much space, consider getting a murphy bed. Murphy beds are a great way to create a dual-purpose room. When the room isn’t being used as a guest room, the bed can be hidden in plain sight, and that way you aren’t tempted to sneak in an afternoon nap.
Designing a custom home office gives you the perfect opportunity to create the organized workspace of your dreams. Built-in storage is a great way to minimize the clutter in your home office, and it keeps the footprint of the room open, so you don’t feel cramped. You can also add in sliding barn doors to completely hide the clutter and supplies when you aren’t using them. Built-ins are a great way to maximize small spaces and keep clutter to a minimum. A clean office is a happy office.
When you are designing your custom home office, it’s important to consider where your desk, or desks, will go beforehand. Once you know where you would like to put your desk, consult with your home builder to ensure you have an adequate number of outlets. If you design your home office early enough in the custom home building process, you can also ensure your desk faces a window, so you aren’t stuck staring at a wall all day. Getting an early start on the design process allows you to choose the type of lighting you want for your workspace as well, so you won’t have to compensate with lamps down the road.
Choosing the Right Desk
When it comes to desks, everyone has a different preference, but it is important to consider which type of desk you want in your workspace beforehand, so you can make sure it will fit in the space you have allotted. Corner desks are the best way to get the most surface area while taking up the least amount of space. When you pair them with a swivel chair, you essentially get two workspaces, for the square footage cost of one. That being said, some people don’t like being confined to a corner, and that’s okay. Floating desks are an inventive way to create an open-concept workspace, and they can accommodate multiple people. Just be sure to decide if you’re going to use a floating desk early in the construction process so your builder can put outlets on the floor beneath your desk.
Create a Seating Area
Working from home can be tough because you feel like you are confined to your desk all day. Creating a comfortable seating area is a great way to reap the benefits of working from home. If you’re going to be working on your laptop or filling out paperwork, you’ll want to be sitting at a desk, but if you’re making phone calls or reading through briefs and documents, why not be comfortable while you do it. Having a comfortable seating area is also important if you need to meet with clients. Plus, when you aren’t working, your cozy seating area can double as a great reading spot.
Utilize a Nook
Not everyone has the option to dedicate an entire room to a custom home office, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a workspace. Design a custom home office nook instead. You can use a deep bay window or an unutilized corner of your living room or family room to create a dedicated workspace if you don’t have a room to spare. If you implement stylish and effective organization pieces, your office nook won’t detract from the rest of the room, and once you leave that space you can rest easy knowing that your workday is done.
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