Trying to create the perfect office space? Here are some tips to ensure it stays clutter-free and powers your productivity, day-in and day-out—without requiring a huge amount of space or expensive custom design.
#1 Be Realistic About Storage and Organization
First things first, no one is productive in a crowded or messy space. As the old saying goes, “a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind.” The thing is, you can’t expect your desktop to stay entirely void of items. That’s why you must be realistic about your storage and organization needs.
Think about what needs to go where. For instance, if you need writing or drawing materials often, they should be accessible instead of tucked away into a cabinet or drawer. If you try to put away things that you need all the time, they’ll just end up sitting out where they’re easier to get to.
By taking a practical approach to organization, you can decide what’s going to get left out beforehand and find the proper place to leave it. That’s better than things you need inevitably piling up on top of your desk or shelves when you try in vain to store them away.
#2 Make Dedicated Stations for Every Activity
Depending on the work you do in your office, you may need just a couple stations or several. For instance, if you’re a writer, you definitely need an ergonomic and inspiring place to sit down and write. But you might also want a separate area where you can brainstorm and outline. To make your office space fit your needs, you need to think about all the activities you do as part of your work and how you like to do them.
For instance, many people prefer to brainstorm or outline on a whiteboard so they can easily make changes. If that’s the case, a large whiteboard—and room to get to it—is a must-have. On the other hand, if you prefer pen and paper, you need a comfy place to sit down and a stable surface to write on.
While thinking about these stations, also consider whether your office can or should be multi-purpose. If you enjoy doing crafts, for instance, but you don’t have a dedicated craft room, see if you can work a craft corner into your office space. The trick with functional, clean multi-purpose rooms is that you plan ahead of time and remember to be realistic about what you can actually accomplish. Don’t try to squeeze too much in to one space.
#3 Choose The Right Office Furniture
It’s easy to find furniture to work in any space, so long as you have three things figured out:
- The color scheme and style you like
- The dimensions you’re working wit.
- The features (i.e., shelves or drawers) you prefer
Laying out the floor plan in advance of shopping is ideal and it will inform you of the sizes you need and how many pieces of furniture you should opt for. Spend some time looking at the floor plan to make optimal use of the space. For example, you might opt for a smaller desk to fit in extra shelving to accommodate your printer and other equipment. Likewise, you might decide drawers will be easier for you to organize than open shelves or baskets.
Ultimately, the right office furniture is the furniture that fits your space (both in size and style) while proving highly functional. Don’t put in a bookcase if you don’t have a need for it and don’t get a huge desk just because you like how it looks. If it takes up unnecessary room or doesn’t serve an explicit purpose, don’t buy it.
#4 Add Decorations to Inspire You
Your perfect office isn’t a dull cubicle! The last step in designing your ideal office space is finding decorations that match your style while offering inspiration throughout your workday. A decorative pen holder is a simple and functional way to add color, while pictures on the wall can surround you with the people and places you love.
While decorating, be sure you look for the right window treatments, too. Most people work best with lots of natural light, but if you’re working late, you need a way to pull back the shades and have privacy. A combination of blinds and curtains is typically ideal. Blinds block light and provide privacy, while the right window dressings add color and style. A sheer curtain gives some privacy while still letting light in. You decide what works best for you.
Create Your Perfect Office
If you spend some time planning out your needs and deciding how you can place furniture within the room, creating your perfect office won’t be difficult. Just make sure you choose the right furniture and follow all these other tips to make the most of your new work area.