Do you find yourself working from home more often? Are you planning a new home office in your home? If so, then you’re most likely concerned about creating the optimal work environment. And you’ve possibly also considered the best type of desk, storage and more for your home office. But have you considered the layout of your home office?
The goal of creating a home office isn’t just to have a place to work. It’s to create an inspiring space that provides the energy you need to stay productive. Here, think of co-working spaces, serviced offices and more. These office spaces are especially designed to keep everyone happy and productive.
While it may seem impossible to recreate such an inspirational office space at home, this is the type of atmosphere that will help keep you productive. Think of this as an investment in your business.
Where to Start: Location of Your Office
You’ll need to start with the room or space you’ve chosen for your home office. This could be an unused bedroom, or even a loft or basement area. However, if there’s not much space, you may need to opt for setting up your office in a closet (yes, this can be done!), a corner of the living room, or wherever you can dedicate to work. Even a corner, with fold-away furniture, could be the right location for your office.
The best location will be a space that is dedicated to work. And it should be in an area where you can have some quiet and be free of household distractions. This is especially important if you hold regular meetings, take phone calls, and need a space where it’s easier to concentrate.
Now you have the location chosen, take a look at the space. It’s a good idea to measure the area, take stock of where power outlets are placed (are there enough outlets?), where windows and lighting are placed (or lacking), and more. Remember, if your computer screen faces a window or other light source, you may have to deal with a lot of glare. This can eventually lead to tired, strained eyes.
And don’t forget to check cell phone and WiFi signals in your office space. If the signals are low, you may need to invest in tech to improve signal strength.
After taking stock of the space, you can then use an online tool or apps to help you plan the office’s layout. You can try these apps:
- roOomy: for iOS can take a 2D photo and convert it into a 3D image.
- Room Sketcher: for desktop computers, allows you to create both 2D & 3D floor plans, do interactive walkthroughs and more.
- Home Design 3D: for Android, helps you to plan out a room floor plan in 2D & 3D, furnish and decorate the room, and more.
There are also other free tools you can find by doing a quick Google search. These tools are great for planning the layout of your room or space.
Home Office Layouts
Now you’re ready to begin planning the layout of your space. Whether you have an entire room or a spot in the kitchen, the layout is important.
There are 6 general office layouts to consider for your home office:
1). One-wall: this type of layout can easily accommodate two people (or more) depending on the size of your space. Or if you have a small space, the one-wall office would be perfect for fold-away furniture.
2). L-shape: with this design, you may choose to build in a desk that fits along two walls, to form an L-shape. This is perfect for more than one person. It could also be used by a creative who needs table space to work one, and a desk area for the computer.
3). U-shape: with a u-shape layout, you may choose to build in a desk that fits along three walls. This might be an optimal choice if your office needs to fit one or more persons. Or you can choose to have a desk along one wall, with cabinets, a worktable and more on the other two walls. This is an efficient layout that can work for any type of work you do from home.
4). T-shape: this can be a great layout choice if the office space will need to fit in two people. Here, you can choose to have a desk/table along one wall, with an “island” in the middle. The island can be made of storage cabinets, drawers, and more. The other option is to have both people working at one larger table or desk facing each other. The rest of the space can be used for storage, as worktables, or whatever you need.
The layout that’s best for your office will depend on the room’s shape, the type of work you do there, and the number of people working in the space.
Also keep in mind you’ll need enough space to work. Professional designers usually allow about 60 inches (150 cm) in width and 84 inches (210 cm) in depth.
Additional Home Office Layout Ideas
After you’ve decided on the layout for your office space, you may want to consider incorporating some modern office space trends borrowed from coworking and other modern office designs. Ideas to evaluate can include the following:
Cosy work hub: this may consist of a comfortable chair or other seating, along with lowered lighting. These are often used as places to chill out and take a break from your desk. This space could be set up in your office or in another area of your home. The goal is to create a space where you can relax and still get work done.
Dynamic workspace: these spaces that can also provide a change of scenery from your desk and usually provide some needed energy and inspiration. You might choose a busier area of your home, such as in the kitchen or living room. Make it comfortable, but a space where you can be productive, too.
No matter the size of your space, whether it be a room or a corner of the kitchen, you have many options available when it comes to layouts. Make this a purposefully designed area, where you can be productive, while feeling happy and inspired.