Do you live in a small space? Have you optimized your space to accommodate your family and living situation? And would you also love to have your own workstation?
No matter how limited your living space is, you can create a comfortable office that satisfies your needs. All it takes is a little planning, budgeting, and creativity. To help you get started, here are five tips for creating a beautiful and productive workstation in your small home.
Don’t Overlook the Closets
Closets can make for the most practical home office. One reason is that they are often the most overlooked areas of the entire home. However, with a low profile desk, a couple of shelves, and a bright coat of paint, you can create a closet office that has everything you need. Plus, you can simply shut the door when you’re not using it!
Consider Setting Up Shop Outside
Part of creating your home office is remaining open-minded. If you feel like you’ll be awkwardly forcing an office into your home, it may be best to explore the possibilities of setting up shop outside of your home. Actually, a separate workspace that minimizes home life distractions can make it easier to be (and stay) productive.
Many successful companies have started out of a garage, including Apple, Microsoft, Disney, and Amazon. By decluttering and clearing out the space, doing a little painting, and adding some creative lighting, you can lay the foundation for a great work space in your garage. Check out this article for more advice on converting your garage into an office. If you would rather have a standalone building as your office, look into prefab steel garages, which are quick and easy ways to set up a workspace so you can immediately get down to business.
Make a Budget
The costs of creating a home office can add up quickly. So, here are a few ways to budget for a cost-effective workstation:
1. Take advantage of what you already have (desk lamps, writing utensils, notebooks, etc.).
2. Purchase office supplies at dollar stores.
3. Research tasks you can do yourself (painting, assembling furniture, etc.) so you don’t have to hire professionals.
4. Make a priority list of items and patiently wait for them to go on sale.
When it comes to furniture and homeware, there are numerous companies that offer products made of sustainable and low-toxicity materials and methods. Much of this eco-friendly furniture looks great, leaves a smaller footprint on the environment, and is reasonably priced.
Carefully Select the Desk
One of the most important parts of your office will be the desk. What kind of desk works best depends on how much room you have, where your space is located in the home, where you want your desk within the space, and other preferences. For instance, if you are setting up inside a closet, you will need to find a functional desk that is small enough to fit comfortably. Or, if your workstation is in the corner of a room, a sleek corner desk could be your best option. Furthermore, sit-stand desks are great if you like to change your routine up throughout the day.
Boost Your Productivity
No matter where your home office is located, you want it to inspire creativity and productivity. If possible, bring the outdoors in by adding plants, setting up in front of a window, and/or involving the color green in your design scheme. Also, be careful not to make the area too sterile. For instance, if your walls are painted grey or white, opt for a wooden desk over a metal or white laminate desk to bring in a softer, more natural aesthetic. Furthermore, hang artwork with caution. Too much abstract art can hinder your productivity if you do creative work.
Yes, you can have a workspace even if you live in a small home. Think about converting a spare closet into your office, and don’t rule out setting up shop in your garage or building a prefab steel garage. Carefully plan out your purchases to stay within your budget, and choose the best kind of desk for your space. Finally, take measures to ensure your workstation inspires productivity, which can ultimately help your business flourish.
Author: Alice Robinson
Note from House of Eden Blog
We would like to thank Alice for her article. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! To see more from Alice, check out her website tidyhome.info