The home office tends to be one of three things – chaotic HQ, little-used back-up, or finely honed sanctum of productivity. If you’re home office isn’t quite up to scratch (still using one of your contemporary dining chairs as a desk chair?) in terms of the best layout and design for the job, consider these expert interior design tips from our studio teams.
• Think about layout and decor as you would in any other room. Wall colour, curtains, carpet, lighting; everything needs to be considered in order to create a stylish space conducive to productive work.
• De-clutter. Brutally. Home offices can often be considered the best spots to leave superfluous bits and bobs that have no dedicated other spot in the home; some of the kids’ toys, a pile of catalogues, the suitcases from Prague that still haven’t been put back into the loft – a tidy office encourages a tidy mind, so banish all non-work junk from the room.
• Storage is an essential home office component. As when choosing bedroom cabinets, cast a style eye over storage choices rather than simply opting for something dull and worksafe.
• Invest in the proper products for the job. We stock top quality contemporary furniture for the home office. Each product has impressed us in terms of versatility, comfort, style, value and portability. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), many of the aches and pains associated with working long hours at a desk are primarily to do with poor furniture design that encourages bad posture.