Creating the perfect bedroom home office
26th Oct 2020 Design
During this time, when many of us find ourselves working from home, either on a temporary or permanent basis, we're exploring the best things to consider when designing your perfect bedroom home office.
When working from home, it’s important to create a dedicated, separate space to focus, so there are no distractions throughout the day and you can easily leave work behind when it’s time to relax.
In an ideal world, we would all have a spare room to solely function as a home office, but understandably this isn’t the reality for most. This leaves us to assess where we have the space in our homes, and for many of us, the bedroom would be the perfect choice, offering isolation away from family social spaces like the living room and the kitchen.
So, whether you’re blessed with a guest bedroom where you could incorporate a desk, or you’d like to integrate a workspace into your master bedroom, we’re sharing the best things to consider when designing your work-from-home bedroom office.
1. Start with practicality
First, you need to decide where the best place for your home office would be. If you have a guest bedroom that is rarely used, this could work perfectly as it would offer isolation away from the rest of your home and give you separation from your sleeping quarters and place of work. However, guest bedrooms are frequently smaller than the master bedroom, so in some circumstances it may be more beneficial to integrate a desk into your main bedroom rather than force one into the limited footprint of your spare room.
Whichever you choose, it’s important to make sure there is enough space for you to sit comfortably in the chair of your choice, so you don’t feel restricted.
If your room has a structural feature, such as an alcove or a bay window, you could look to maximise this space with a made-to-measure desk area, tailored to the contours of your space.
Check out our full Kindred Made-to-Measure collection here.
It’s key that your workspace has all the storage you need to function effectively, but also so that you can easily tidy away your work when it’s time to relax and switch off. If you’re not blessed with floor space, why not move your file storage overhead with open shelving or a pigeon hole unit? Or, why not maximise the unused space beneath your desk with integrated drawers?
Check out our Kindred storage offering for the tailored possibilities available for your office design.
2. Make it comfortable
If you’re going to be seated in your bedroom office Monday-Friday every week, it’s very important to get your chair right in terms of comfort and posture. Although it’s great for a chair to match the style of your bedroom, it’s also key that it supports your back and encourages correct posture. Before purchasing your office chair, do your research and make sure you will be comfortable in it, as discomfort will only encourage distraction and low productivity!
Lighting in your home office is beneficial for more than just illuminating your space- it keeps you alert and awake, boosts productivity and reduces eye strain. It’s important to make sure you situate your desk in a place where it has sufficient natural lighting, or if not, that you plan task lighting effectively to brighten your workspace where needed. Play around with overhead lights and desk lamps until you find a set-up that works for you!
If you do place your desk in directly beside a window, make sure to consider a blind or curtain to block light when it’s too bright or unwanted, as blinding light can be just as detrimental as no light at all!
Check out our top tips for planning lighting into your bedroom design for more information.
3. Keep it personal
One obvious benefit of a home office is that it’s solely yours- there are no rules to say you can’t have a real plant on your desk, or personal photos hanging on the wall behind your computer. A home office gives you the freedom to decorate as you please and actually design a space you want to spend time in.
Take this opportunity to inject your personal style into the workspace, with decor you wouldn’t usually expect in an office environment if you wish, such as cushions, candles and unique lighting.
It’s the added detail that can make a big impact to your bedroom. Check out our collection of Kindred finishing touches to bring personality to your home office design.
4. Create visual separation
Where possible, creating a visual separation for your home office will truly help you to compartmentalise your work and home life. This could be anything from a wall, to a portable screen, to a curtain. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a guest room you can dedicate to office space whilst its unused, make a pact to yourself to only use that room for work life.
If it’s not possible to create a divide, make sure to have enough storage to tidy away your work at the end of your day, so papers and equipment don’t bring your mind straight back to work stresses whenever you glimpse them.
Check out our Kindred storage offering for tailored possibilities that work with your space.
We hope we’ve helped to inspire you if you’re looking to design a home office!
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