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Working from home can be a delight and a privilege. It can also be a heavy burden, marred by disorganisation and distraction. The best way to solve this issue is to design a room as a personal office, providing you with a space to work that is free from distraction and purpose-built to help improve your productivity. Take the following tips from workplace furniture suppliers Slingsby into account to help create a beautiful, functional room for getting work done.

Pick the right room

Transforming a room in your home is a big undertaking. You’ll be spending lots of time in the home office, so try and find a room that suits. One which has plenty of natural light is a must-have.

Pick a smaller room, as if your office is for one person it makes sense to minimise space wastage. However, you don’t want to feel ‘walled-in’ so it’s a balancing act between space and comfort.

Another key point is to choose an area that doesn’t get much distraction. The spare-room between your children’s bedrooms is a bad idea, for example. If you’re going to be entertaining clients, make your office accessible and easy to get to from your front door.

Consider colour

The physical appearance of colour can actively influence your mood. Depending on how work best you may want cool or warm tones. Green is a peaceful, natural shade. Blue is similar, but is more suited to bedrooms because it’s a cooler colour that promotes sleep. Red is vibrant and should only be used for detailing or accents. Often it is better to use neutral shades such as white, gray and tan and accent them with brighter colours.

Function over form

Taking a leaf out of modernist design ethos, make your office suited to function before form. A beautiful room is all well and good, you should design an office to help you focus on work. Choose furniture with features that benefit you, such as a slide-out printer tray computer desk or a selection of useful storage boxes for files.

Your computer will be the centrepiece of your room so build your furniture around it, keeping the area free from clutter. Diaries, planners and notepads should be stored neatly to help you organise your thoughts.

The very placement of furniture can affect your productivity, so try to strike the balance between utility and efficiency. Don’t clutter your workspace with shelves, cabinets and other non-necessary items. Even though it’s a home office, the room should be professional.

Inspiration

You’ll most likely be in your office frequently, so ensure you’ve got items in there to keep you inspired and productive. As long as it fits a professional image, consider painting your walls in one of your favourite colours.

Alongside the office furniture, perhaps bring in photographs of your family or some furniture that’s personalised to you. A wall plastered with inspirational quotes or pictures helps to take your mind off your current task while keeping your focus.

Invest in a proper chair

This seems like an afterthought, but any good office design features a comfortable chair that both complements the room and saves you from back problems. An ergonomically shaped leather chair may suit you, or you might find more comfort in a smaller, more lightweight design. Don’t be afraid to spend more than you usually would on a chair – this will be the one you’re sitting in day in day out. Invest in comfort.

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