How to plan your home office setup

When you need to start working from home or if you already do, we've got heaps of ways to make your study more comfortable and more productive.

Pick your space

When choosing a work area, it's a good idea to keep it away from your living room. Having a separate space makes it easier to focus when you're working and easier to switch off when you're not working.

Remember to make sure you have access to power; you might need to use extension leads and power boards.

How to set up your home office

Work out what you need

Make a list of all your work equipment, including the paperwork and materials you need to store. You can plan a basic office around the size of your desk, then work out where the shelving and storage needs to go.
How to set up your home office

Setting up

To save time shifting office furniture around, it's a good idea to draw it up first.

If you work on a computer, having a couple of light sources cuts down on screen glare. Areas with natural light are good, but you can always use desk lamps if necessary.

Corners are great for office setups as they take up less room and choosing an L or U desk shape keeps everything in easy reach.

If you're short on space, the stand up desk is another option.

How to set up your home office

Storage

Too much clutter makes it hard to concentrate and find what you need. You'll need plenty of storage space to keep stationery out of sight and storing paperwork.
How to set up your home office

Personalise your space

Having a home office means you can decorate it any way you want. Pictures are a good idea and plants bring life into your space. Pin boards are also good for organisation and visual management.

You might also want to think about a fresh coat of paint. A splash of colour may have the power to change how you work; for example blue is peaceful, green is calming, red is passionate and yellow is optimistic.

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