Home office: This is how a well-designed and comfortable office is organized
Updated: Mar 26
Whether you are self-employed, or working in a company, working from home, or just making additional income during the evening,your home office can be comfortable, well-designed and tailored to your needs. You can have your appointments, share your office with your spouse and it will still feel professional and cosy.
How do you do that?
We have some tips for you !
In recent days, thousands of people have joined the workforce from home because of the spread of COVID 19 - some of them have to stay in isolation and prefer or are required to continue their work routines, and some are employed by companies that have allowed home-based work.
But after all, this is not an innovative form of work: since many jobs require only a personal computer and a network connection, for years many people - employed or self-employed - chose to work without wasting time and money on commuting, traffic jams and parking.
Of course, home-office has advantages and disadvantages and there are those who prefer to make a clear separation between home and workspace. But if you prefer or are required to work that way, there is no reason to work from bed or to occupy the dining table. In any home or apartment, in any size and style, you can arrange a comfortable space, fit for your home to serve you as an office and to fit your needs. Here are some examples and ideas.
Reception: A home office where meetings can be held
Many home offices should allow meetings on a daily or weekly basis, whether it is for meeting clients, colleagues or patients. To prevent disruptions to the normal and routine operation of the home, the office should have its own front door and toilet. If possible, it is advisable to place your home office close to the entrance to the home and create a visual separation such as a lightweight glass acoustic partition or a two-sided library that provides privacy.
In plain sight: a home office within the public space
In many homes, the work area is part of the family room, sometimes because of a lack of space and sometimes because of other considerations (for example, parents who want to look after the children during work hours).
Therefore, the design of the work space within a public space should support the balance between home and family and the many works and tasks that come with it. When customers seek to incorporate a workspace into the public space, we first look at the possibilities of integrating it into a hidden area. We look at which angle the work area will be more unpretentious when sitting on the sofa, as well as the nature of the work. If the client is doing accounting, for example, and needs a closet full of binders and a stack of paperwork on the table, every effort will be made not to place the work area in the living room. If the client only uses a laptop to work, it's easier to integrate the work area into the living room.
Private Area: Home office in separate space
Dedicating a separate, closed space to the home office provides peace and privacy.
The noise of children and guests in the home does not interfere with work, and the telephone and video calls that occur during work do not interfere with the other occupants.
A "work box" with two sliding separators can provide the privacy of an office and can be opened while not used to have a much more spacious feeling to the living space.
Making the most :
In many homes and apartments, the working area is relatively small and should be utilized to the maximum. In many cases, tenants do not work regularly from home but need a work space where they can complete occasional work hours or for various household and family needs. In this case, you can design a compact work area or choose a modular solution.
Teaming up :
When both spouses work from home - partially or fully - one working station is not enough, no matter what. In a double study, one large table can be used with two work positions or two tables facing or opposite each other, depending on the size of the space.