Quick Tips To Create A Home Office You'll Actually Want To Work In

If you are one of the lucky people that gets to work from home, we are officially jealous. No commute, access to your own kitchen and most importantly, you get to work in a familiar and comfortable environment. 
How To Create your own Home Office


We all know that home offices are great but you still need to be productive and it’s no good having a space that you don’t like because you simply won’t make use of it. Take a look at these top tips for creating a home office that you will actually work in.



1.Filing


You need to make sure you have somewhere to put papers, but we all know that filing cabinets aren’t the most attractive part of an office.
If you are looking for an alternative storage method that can stop your papers from cluttering up your desk, create a system that works for you with baskets, folders or trays.

2. Natural Light


You don’t want to have a cooped up feeling all day, so taking advantage of the natural light available to make your home office feel fresh and airy.

If you have smaller windows or only a small amount of natural light, use lamps to brighten the space.

3. Go Green


Plants make your environment feel more homely and less like an office so they are an obvious choice for home offices.

Choose ones that are low maintenance so if you don’t want to step into your office on the weekend to water them, you don’t have to.


how to organize your cables


4. Tidy your cables


We all know that there is nothing more unsightly than cables hanging around all over your desk, especially as it is an issue that is so easy to fix.
For a tidy desk space, use a cable tidy to gather your cables into one neat tube that you can hide behind your desk

5. Overestimate on the storage


No matter how much storage space you think you need, you will always need more. You need to think of storage of excess supplies like paper clips, extra notebooks, printer paper as well as storage for your documents.

It is essential to make sure things are well labeled and easy to get to, especially if you don’t want to have to sift through stacks of boxes to get to the extra staples. This will also help to keep the space tidy as it means that you can also put things away easily.

6. Create an escape


Just because you have to work at home all day, doesn't mean you can't make your home office somewhere you want to spend time in. What could be better than a home office that reminds you of a faraway place like the seaside? Use blues and whites and lots of natural light to create the ultimate workspace that you find relaxing and enjoyable


how to make your own home office


7. Choose your chairs carefully


If you are spending all day sat at your desk you want to be sat on something comfortable and good for your body. Dining chairs might look great, but they might not be the most supportive options for your back.

If you like to change up how you are working, it might be a good idea to add an armchair to the room, ideal for reading over papers or briefs, or if you just want to relax in a comfy chair for a bit during the work day. This works because you are still in your office, i.e. your working environment, but you can relax or using this space for reading.

8. Change up the space


If you love to have family photos on the walls or a picture from of your significant other on your desk, make sure to change up the space to stop these features melting into the background.

Rotate or change the pictures to make a friendly environment where you actually enjoy the photos that are around.


how to make your own home office

9. Shelves are your friend


If you are lacking floor space, there is a simple solution: use the walls. Floating shelves are a great way to give you more storage and display options that don't crowd your desk or your floor. Having these shelves will help the space feel less cluttered and more organised.


Home offices can be a great place to be, but without the proper decor it can be the worst part of your house. Let us know in the comments below what you thought of these tips and if you have any other great tips for decorating and making the most of your home office.

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Ashley loves experimenting with home decor, crafts and DIY projects. When she is not working she likes to travel to South East Asia every year to refill her energy and read as much as she can. Follow her on Twitter:@AshleyWillamson.



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  1. Good points on all counts. I've been working from home for 5 years now. Shelves are important. If you're working online I don't think filing is too much of a big deal since everything is digital. It's worth it to invest in prettifying your space.

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    1. Exactly. And if you are working online, al should focus on investing on good digital storage. :D

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  2. These are such good tips! My Boyfriend works from home and he is forever saying he needs to create a more welcoming office environment. I'll pass him your post! Ree love30

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    1. Thank you dear!

      I also learned it from my boyfriend who also have a home office and a little neat freak :)

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  3. These pictures and tips were all so inspiring. For me, my working space at home is very important. It's the place I use to write, to design, and to work on all my side projects. So it has to be super tidy and inspiring.

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    1. I agree!

      But still no matter how I try to be neat freak like my boyfriend, when I got too focused on work, my work area becomes a mesh again, LOL

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  4. These photos are so nice! I don't have a desk currently. One day, I hope. I tend to do everything from the couch.

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    1. Thank you dear!

      I've bout my own foldable desk at the hardware store which I've got at $36 and paid it all using my shopping points! I was a happy shopaholic girl :)

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  5. These are all great tips! I agree having a chair that is comfortable is a must especially since you'll be spending several hours in it is key. Natural light makes a huge difference as well.

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    1. Yeah I agree.

      I wonder if my workplace would allow me to bring my own comfortable chair, than this awful black computer chair. LOL

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  6. Such good tips--especially the one for cables. Do you have any specific ideas for wooden tables?

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    1. Hello Manavi,

      For wooden tables, try to look something simple and no carvings. That way it is very easy to polish and be cleaned.

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  7. Ok, those are some seriously fabulous tips! So many of these things are missed when we set out to set our home office space. Love the tip with sorting out the cables!!

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    1. Yeah simple, always no-brainer tips but always missed.

      Thanks for visiting, and do apply the cable tricks!

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  8. These are really great tips for creating a office. I really love the idea of changing your office around every so often.

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    1. Yeah it gives additional motivation at work :)

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  9. Great post! I have a nice sized office with great natural lighting but need to change the decor. My current decor is NOT inspiring! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You are welcome dear!

      Its time to redecorate your office space!

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  10. I am still looking for a space to make my own and work. Yours... I like!!

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    1. Thanks dear! Well you can start on using your empty space corner of your room. It doesn't need to be huge.

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  11. My favorite part of my home office is the natural light and decor. This whole space inspires me everyday.

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    1. That's great to hear Saidah :) What are you favorite work space hacks?

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  12. I do think these are great tips if I get the opportunity to work from home. I am hoping to be able to do that at some point.

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    1. working at home gives you a lot of freedom, saves you money on transportation expenses and gas, and makes you motivated and more productive as well.

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  13. These are so cool. Love all the points.Those pics even add so much to the article.
    XO,
    Shreya|https://mymagicaltrunk.com/

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    1. Thank you Shreya! Keep on browsing my blog :)

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  14. These are amazing tips! I love the tidying cables part! That is something I definitely am terrible at but I agree it would keep my space more organized. Thanks for sharing! I will need to keep all of this in mind when I redecorate my office.

    ~Crissy
    www.whimsicalfawn.com

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    1. You are welcome dear. Am glad to be a help :)

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  15. This is great. I need to get my home office together!! Love the go green tips.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating Colby! Keep on reading :)

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  16. Natural light is way easier said than done! In the UK it's always foggy and rainy so I have to brighten my rooms with daylight bulbs - especially for blog photos. Loving your ideas for a home office though!

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  17. I love my office space too! I agree with all your tips especially the natural light. It does wonders for my creativity. I love the tidy your cables I'm going to do that tip for sure!

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    1. And natural lights are also good on product shootings :)

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  18. I'd love to work from home, but unfortunately, I'm a teacher and work-at-home opportunities for us are few and far between! I do love the looks of these office spaces though!

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    1. You can teach online! Many opportunities are available, especially the eastern students searching for western online teachers :)

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  19. I'm so ready to have my office space done. I'm over working all over the house. I'm going to work on it this Spring.

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    1. That's good Valerie, you deserve it dear!

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  20. So currently my home office is part of our den area so I don't have a lot of space to move around or change much. We will be moving my desk and stuff to our spare room soon, so I hope I'll be able to implement some of these tips :)

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    1. Thank you Alicia, and also consider the lightings that you'll going to use :)

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