Home renovations blog: Turn your spare room into a home office

By the resi financial blog team, 26 September 2014

Home offices

Working from home is becoming an extremely common trend across Australia. Technology, fast internet and decentralised workspaces have made it a lot easier for people to simply jump on their computers and contribute to their work from home. However, without the watchful eye of upper management, it can be easy to get distracted and lose track of time doing other things around your home. 

The best way to get around this particular problem is to create a dedicated workspace that you can use during your working hours that functions as a home office. These are often renovated spare rooms or other dedicated spaces which can be simple to establish. Here are some of the main points you'll want to keep in mind when taking out a renovation loan to change your spare room into a functional office space. 

Make a good plan

When it comes to creating a functional workspace in your home, a lot of people only think about furniture and forget the small things that can make your day easier. For example, if you're frequently collaborating with other people or simply like to have big lists and reminders, consider installing a large whiteboard onto the wall. 

Another small feature that's easily forgotten is power outlets. You're bound to have many hi-tech gadgets that need powering, so don't forget this crucial little touch!  Being able to plug in your computers, laptops, internet modems, phones, mobile chargers and any other electronics you may need is important. 

Functional minimalism 

Keeping the room strictly for working is a great trick to help you remain on track and get through your workload. Therefore, reflect this clean, defined purpose through a minimalist design. 

A sterile, geometrical space made up of clean colours and bare, functional furniture is a great place to start. Something as simple as a wooden desk coupled with a comfortable, sleek chair is the bare minimum for a home office. Furthermore, matching this with some discrete artwork for a bit of flair could do wonders for your motivation during those late night deadlines, or if clients and colleagues ever stop by the home office for a face-to-face meeting.  

If your home office is part of a room, think about using room dividers to separate the space from home. You'll find you'll have less distractions and can immerse yourself in your work with ease.

Lighting

Ideally, your home office would be against an exterior wall - allowing you to soak up the natural sunlight that streams through during the day.  This allows you to ventilate the room and keep the space fresh - two characteristics that can help you stay on track with your workload. 

Furthermore, this also has the added benefit of helping to save you money. By reducing the amount of artificial light you need in your home office, you'll be able to cut down your power bill by using your natural sources of light. 

Remember, these are just some of the many ideas to help you turn your office space into a place to call your own. Its purpose, your type of work and your home can all have an effect on its final design! 

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