If you have worked in more than one office in your life, you will know they are not all uniformly designed. Each work space will have a layout that is suited to business, and the number of people who are likely to use or visit the office.
You may have colleagues working with you, even though your office is at home. You will also want to ensure the office is presentable if you expect to receive clients or visitors during the working day. It is therefore essential to think about the space you need before designing your office.
It’s an office, so you are going to need equipment. One of the major mistakes most people make when working from home for the first time is purchasing too much equipment for their office. Think about what you will need to complete the work you do. It would be a waste of time and money to purchase expensive equipment that is only going to sit like an ornament taking up space.
Depending on the size of your family, you may want to consider a separate phone and internet connection for your office. You certainly don’t want the kids answering calls for your business as it may come across as unprofessional. There is also the issue of your Wi-Fi connection not being reliable if there are too many devices connected at once. Ideally, you should look into installing a business line in your office, as residential contracts are not covered for loss of business during an outage.
Working in an office all day can become incredibly depressing if the lighting is not right. Natural light is better than artificial light, as long as your office gets a healthy balance. If the lighting is not adequate in your work spaces it will become difficult to focus on paperwork or computer screens, and you will eventually begin to suffer from eye strain.
Obviously, natural light is not an option when working late so you will have to invest in suitable lighting for night time. Daylight bulbs are available for offices that are situated where there is no natural light, such as basements and lofts without windows.
The colors you choose for your office should also depend on the type of work you do and mood you wish to set. If you use soothing colors such as blues, you will likely find you begin to feel tired part-way through the day. This is because the colors you would choose for a bedroom, such as blues, are not really suited for a busy office space.
Instead, opt for vibrant greens that have been proven to have a positive impact on productivity. Avoid using high gloss or overly bright colors when painting your office, as the glare can become distracting and even put strain on your eyes. However, it is okay to use neutral tones to help make the room brighter, especially if you have limited space to work in. You don’t want your office to feel suffocating, so incorporate some grays, whites, or ivories.
You will obviously want to ensure you have peace and quiet during your working day. This may prove challenging in a family home, but there are steps you can take to minimize the chances of disruption. If you can, locate your office away from busy areas in your home. Ideally you will want a room with a door you can lock. Alternatively, it helps to discuss your needs with family members and create rules around when you are working.
Organizing Your Workspace
The most efficient way to work in your office is by taking a logical and organized approach to design. It’s important to always know where everything is, and the tools and equipment you use the most should be within easy reach. Think about how you want to organize your office when painting, as different colors can have a psychological effect on how people act. If you and your colleagues associate a color with a particular workspace, you are more likely to ensure that workspace is kept well organized.
It’s important to consider your health when designing your office. Ergonomics is the science of creating a comfortable working environment. If you plan on sitting for long periods of time, the desk should be the appropriate height so you are not slouching all day. You will also want to purchase an adjustable office chair that is designed to help with proper posture.
If you need help or advice when it comes to painting your office, call the Arizona Painting Company. We are more than happy to provide our expert services to help you get your new venture off the ground.