Fitted Home Office Leicester
We don’t just make bedrooms we have a lot of experience in creating fitted home offices. Working from home offers an opportunity to work in comfort with the added benefit of designing your own office.
Don’t make it too casual, after all the purpose is to ‘work’ in the home office. You will need to find a way of separating yourself from what is happening in the ‘home’ and to resist all other normal and natural home sounds and interruptions.
Designing The Ideal Home Office
Before we design the ideal home office or study we would be asking a number of questions:
- Will your clients be visiting the office area?
- Will work colleagues be visiting at anytime?
- What type of equipment will be used – printer, computer, etc?
- What will you be doing in the space?
- Will I be making conference calls?
The answers to these questions will begin to develop the programme for your home office.
The next step is setting up your space. Where are you going to put your office? It doesn’t need to be large or expansive, but it should be separate from other areas. Evaluate how the space you find can be dedicated for your use and can be “your space.”
Keep all of your work in that space because it’s important that you be able to find things, retrieve things and be efficient within this space. You will also want to keep the non-office space in your home free of work items. This promotes healthy balance and allows you to relax at home when you are not at work.
What are the most common mistakes people make when they’re setting up a home office?
There are five:
- Thinking you can “tune out” the plasma screen on the wall. Don’t hang it anywhere near where you’ll be working.
- Inadequate storage components
- Lack of space for reference materials
- Slow and inefficient equipment
- Inadequate wire management (cords and wire spaghetti everywhere)
What are the important things to consider when you’re setting up a home office?
- Lighting. Good lighting is essential. Ideally you want as much natural daylight as possible. If your space has a window, it will enhance the lighting. Daylight is the most evenly balanced source of white light available, in that sunlight has an approximately equal proportion of each colour of the spectrum. This light, however, never has a constant color and its beauty comes from the way it is reflected and from the way it is refracted by the earth (as in differing times of day). The colour of natural light also differs based on geographic location. It is always beneficial to have as much natural light as possible in the working area.If no daylight is available, a combination of general and task lighting will be required. A high-quality task light will be essential for late nights or cloudy days. If your home office is in a basement or a room without windows, check out daylight-replicating light sources that will provide energy-efficient, full-spectrum lighting. Many ergonomic task-lighting fixtures have dimmer switches so you can control the amount of light.
The most effective lighting brings out the fullest quality of the colours illuminated. If lighting levels are too low, there can be negative psychological effects, including depression. For human comfort, a yellow-cast illumination is best. It is the colour of brightness, and midway through the colour progression from cool to warm.
To avoid glare, don’t place overhead lighting directly above computer screens, and don’t put a computer screen directly in front of a light source. That will cause eyestrain.
Energy guidelines are leading to new reduced-light levels in offices that are easier on the eyes. The most critical factor with lighting is the ability to control its brightness and intensity.
- Privacy. No one can work effectively in a sea of noise or interruptions. When planning your office area, ensure that it affords a degree of privacy from surrounding activities. While headphones may serve to isolate certain sounds, no one wants to be forced to wear headphones all the time. Portable screens can be used to shield the work area from nearby activities. Alternatively, divider walls that double as bookcases will not only divide the area but provide superior storage solutions.
To assist in creating the quiet needed for real concentration and work, a degree of white noise can be helpful. Air filters and low fans will operate at a quiet speed to muffle other noises.
If a door to the office area is not practical or available, it may be helpful to add signage (e.g., “No interruptions” or “Quiet please”) to remind others in the space that this is “work time.”
- Layout/organisation. The old rule, “a place for everything and everything in its place” was coined to relieve stress. If you have carefully thought through your storage requirements, you’ll have the space you need.