When many of us had to make the switch to working from home, one thing became clear very quickly: working at the kitchen table is not “just as good” as a proper desk. With more and more companies making a permanent switch to the work-from-home business model, you may be considering investing in a home office setup.

The benefits are undeniable, even if you’re only working from home on a part-time basis. You can enjoy improved focus away from the distractions of the office, work comfortably in a space you’ve personalized, and cultivate a better work-life balance with a space devoted solely to work. Plus, if you’re considering selling your home in the future, a home office is an amenity that’s rapidly gaining popularity in the market.

Even if you’re operating with limited space, there are plenty of ways to create an environment where you can concentrate. Whether you’re working with a spare room or a spare corner of your living room, here’s everything you need to create the best home office setup.

Choose Your Home Office Space Wisely

One of the challenges of working from home is minimizing distractions. If you’ve got the option, it’s best to have a clean division between the rest of the house when choosing a space for your home office. Ideally, you want a place with no conflict of interest; so if you can avoid it, don’t put your desk right next to the TV. Choose the spare bedroom, unused attic space, or even a walk-in closet to create a clear divide between your work life and your home life.

However, if space is in short supply, you might need to get creative. Look for underutilized spaces: an awkward nook or the space beneath the stairs might be perfect for a minimal home office setup. Sketch your layout before installing any pieces of your home office—when you’re working with a small space, placement is everything.

Identify the Essentials

Especially if you’re making use of minimal space, you’ll need to identify the essentials for your home office setup. Along with the basics of your computer, keyboard, and mouse, this may include:

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Second monitor
  • Lamp
  • Storage
  • Printer
  • Headphones or a speaker
  • Coffee maker

For most people, the desk will be the largest space consideration. Thankfully, there are plenty of space-saving options if you don’t want your desk to dominate your living room. Try a wall-mounted folding desk, a floating desk, or a cupboard desk.

Decorate for Success

Consider Workflow

While placing your essentials, keep your workflow in mind and plan for efficiency. If you’re constantly reaching for the printer, don’t place it across the room.

Use Vertical Space

Both for decoration and function, use the vertical space around your home office setup—floating shelves for extra storage or rods with hooks to organize office supplies.

Let There Be Light

Working nearby a window may help inspire you and keep you energized. What’s more, it can help prevent eyestrain symptoms, including headaches. If a window isn’t an option, at least make sure your work-from-home space is well-lit.

The way you decorate your home office setup can make or break your productivity. Whether you’re struggling to choose a paint color or looking for expert advice on creating a home office that suits your style, Minnesota Home Interiors can help. Learn more about our home styling services, or contact us to make an appointment.