A while ago I designed a home office for a wedding planner, which also needed to double as a guest bedroom. She wanted the design to reflect her occupation, and appeal to brides and their mothers, so she wanted it to be glamourous and girly as well as professional and practical. I chose a monochrome colour scheme with bright pink and red accents. Here is the concept board for the design.
The main considerations to take account of when planning a home office are
- you need to have adequate storage for files and shelves need to be high enough to accommodate them.
- computers, printers, fax machines will all need to be housed preferably out of sight, along with all their associated wiring.
With working from home becoming more popular, many people need a dedicated space to house all their office equipment, files etc. Here, shelves can be fixed into an alcove and pinboards can be hung on the cupboard walls. When not in use, the cupboard doors can simply be closed and clutter within hidden from view!
- If you are using a small space within your living or bedroom for a home office, choose a beautiful desk to blend with the rest of your furniture. www.made.com have a good selection of reasonably priced desks which look decorative rather than corporate. You need a comfortable chair, but don’t go for one which is too “officey”. Choose a vintage-style one instead.
Sometimes you just need a “workstation”, to write letters, pay bills, store magazines
- There’s no reason why home offices can’t be colourful!
If you want to create a more masculine space, use dark wood, leather and desk lights to accessorise
- If you work from home and need a fully functioning office, the most practical option is to use a spare bedroom. Install floor to ceiling bookcases for storage. Ikea is a good source for versatile bookcases and fitted desk combinations. Add a sofa bed for when guests come to stay.
- The biggest problem when designing a home office is how to hide computer, printer and phone wires as well as the office equipment itself. Choose a wireless, combined printer/fax machine and hide it in a cupboard on a pull-out shelf.
- If you have opted for a fitted MDF desk, a cheap and easy way to hide computer and phone wires is to build a false panel behind the desk to make a void between the proper wall and the desk. Cut a hole at the back of the desktop, thread wires through it and plug them into your Surgemaster, which is hidden from view behind the panel. This leaves a free worksurface with no unsightly wiring!
I hope you’re inspired to re-design your own home office space (or you could have me design a scheme for you) see www.dressingroomsinteriors.co.uk for details!
All images taken from pinterest.