Whether you’re a business owner, a student or a young professional, chances are you’ve thought about the importance of building a practical home office.
As experts in the home building industry, the team at ATN Constructions has seen its fair share of study spaces. We know what it is you need to make this at-home workspace functional, comfortable and stylish.
To help make your next building project as seamless as possible, we’ve compiled some of our top tips.
Take a peek below for guidance on building a practical home office:
1. Optimise natural light:
Allowing natural light to stream in while you’re working away is hugely important. There have been studies that show people with access to natural light are more productive; it also improves your mood and your health.
It will also improve the ambience of your room. So, consider installing larger windows; a skylight, or at a minimum some transparent curtains. These options will help you take full advantage of available natural light.
2. Consider if you’d like inbuilt furniture:
Installing a set of bookshelves, or even a desk, into the structure of the room can be an elegant option for those of you who have long-term plans for your home study.
However, if you see your needs shifting (downgrading; growing), it might be wiser to use free-standing shelving and desks. This is a personal choice and one that will hugely impact the design of the space, so give it some thought.
3. Install task lighting:
As we mentioned earlier, light is a significant element here. You must be sure you have enough of it.
Consider adding in different sources of lighting (above your desk; a lamp to your side; downlights for the whole room) that you can use depending on your needs at various times.
4. Think about how many outlets you need:
The last thing you want is to wind up needing a handful of extension cords just to juice your laptop and phone. You’re better off over-estimating your energy needs in this space for convenience’s sake.
If you’ve opted for inbuilt desks and shelving, you can elevate the aesthetic of your office by camouflaging your outlets. Perhaps this is as simple as choosing a colour that blends into the surface, or maybe you’d prefer to have a panel installed into the desk that will hide the outlets?
5. Design a study suited to your needs:
How many people will be using the space? Will clients or guests be stepping into this office? Do you need access to specific tools like a drafting board, printer or whiteboard?
Consider all of these elements as you design your home office. From desk space to enough room for filing cabinets, these little details will make your experience of the study much more positive.
If you need more guidance or have other questions, please feel free to reach out to our team. Give us a call on 0418 867 997 or contact us here.