Whether you work from home from time to time or youâ€™ve recently decided to go freelance, itâ€™s important to make sure that you have the perfect space from which to get through the tasks of the day.
Whether you have a whole room to play with or you just have a small space, there are plenty of ways to transform it.
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Hereâ€™s a look at some ideas to help you set up your own Home Office.
The Small Space
Even the tiniest areas can be totally transformed. Get clever with the corner you have by assessing the dimensions and working out what will fit. Once you know the dimensions of the space, you can then start pricing up what you need and creating a budget for the office equipment you invest in.
You wonâ€™t be able to squeeze a full office desk into the corner, so shop around for a smaller work surface that has room for your computer or laptop as well as a printer. Once you have a home for these key items, you can then start planning where you want your phone to go and how you want to store your paperwork.
Using clever storage solutions such as shelving can help maximise the space. In addition, you will need to invest in a desk lamp. These can be picked up relatively cheaply from supermarkets and well-known home stores. In total, assuming you already own your computer, you can update your corner for around Â£500.
The Mid-Way Point
Should you have the spare room to revamp, you can indulge in some larger furniture. Before you start buying pieces, itâ€™s worth giving them a fresh lick of paint. Choose a vibrant white and hang some pictures or opt for a calming blue to boost efficiency.
From there you can then purchase a desk with drawers, include extra storage for files, and add an extra chair if you are likely to have clients visiting you for meetings. This works for those with a budget of around Â£1,000 to Â£1,500, depending upon how much you want to invest in your computer.
The Luxury Option
While a paint job can enhance a space, if you have the budget and want to invest in a dedicated room, you could choose to convert your attic space or add a new room entirely. This could be expensive at first, however in the long run it allows you to create a brand-new room thatâ€™s dedicated to your business.
In this case, you can include a full-size executive desk, filing space and drawers as well as ensuring that all of the basics such as phone line and lighting are covered. However, this also means that, with the renovation, youâ€™re likely to spend over Â£15,000, so itâ€™s worth thinking carefully before you start building.