While we are all spending a little more time at home, Ecclestons have curated top articles from Interior Design Experts to help you make the most of your interior space.
WORKING FROM HOME? CREATE A WORKSPACE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
As our working environments change, more and more of us are looking to create home office spaces – and there’s a big emphasis on flexibility. From a desk the can work as part of our living room to laptop stations in our kitchens, from dining tables that are big enough for home working and homework, to spare rooms hastily converted into the home office, its so important for our productivity and creativity to get that space working hard.
THE FLEXIBLE WORKSPACE
The first thing to do when decorating anything is determine who is using the space and what is it being used for” advises our interior expert. As obvious as it sounds, do consider if your home office is going to be shared by all the family – children and their homework included, or solely used as an adult workstation. This will determine how much storage you need too. Whether you’re converting a bedroom or furnishing an alcove, ensure you have at least one plug socket nearby and have measured the space meticulously.
Choose furniture to suit – a console – style desk with drawer underneath for your worktop won’t intrude on your living room style too much, while a modular system such a String, can be designed to include a desk combined with plenty of shelf space – great for a family-friendly open plan space.
You don’t have to spend a fortune, but there are some key buys that will make your work zone infinitely more pleasant. A well-designed desk, a comfortable chair that you can adjust to fit you is very important as you’re. going to be sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Lighting is also key, especially if you are not by a window. Our experts recommends a task light, which can be positioned to the opposite of your writing hand so it does not cast a shadow when you’re writing. They are also ideal to place behind laptop screens to help deflect the glare.
WHAT ABOUT STORAGE
We are encouraged to be paperless, but if you find yourself with lots of documents to keep, or books to refer to, then you are going to need more than just a surface to house a computer. Look for desks that come with in-built drawer or better still, co-ordinating drawer towers that slip underneath. A filing cabinet maybe the answer for lots of essential paperwork – and you can rest a printer on it.
THINK ABOUT YOUR WELLBEING
Bring in a few of tips from the corporate world to make our space more inviting. “a home office is, almost always a second thought. So make the space comfortable for you and somewhere you will enjoy sitting in – its not just about the desk and the chair.
Something as simple as a hanging artwork on the walls or placing plants or decor along the shelves will create a more welcoming environment.
Separation – Its a good idea to use a rug, especially if you are sectioning off an area in a room.
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