Quick Guide to Setting Up a Home Office
The COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably pushed people to work from home.
But even if you’re not necessarily one of those people, a home office is great to have if you’re running a business or just need a place to do your hobbies.
So to help you out a bit, here are a couple of steps to get you started in setting up your home office space!
Find a suitable room or space
First, you’ll need to find a suitable room or space in your home. By ‘suitable,’ we mean (as much as possible) it should be relatively quiet with a good amount of privacy.
Make sure it has good ventilation and lighting. We recommend selecting LED lights for a more eco-friendly option.
Of course, it’s got to have adequate space, especially if your job calls you to host clients, visitors, etc.
Moreover, if your home office space is way too cramped because of various objects, one tip would be to transfer them to a self-storage facility.
This is especially helpful if those items are really important (e.g. documents).
No room? Consider getting a shed
We all know that before the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home wasn’t really a thing for most people. So, you’re not really to blame if you can’t find that suitable spot in your house.
If such is the case, we suggest calling those companies that install sheds! Okay, before you dump the idea, take a look at our list of the best shed installation companies first.
You’ll find a wide range of shed options (not just those garden sheds, mind you!) among our picks, and one of them even installs home offices.
Having your home office outside of your house will definitely give you that much-needed privacy. It can almost feel like you’re not really working from home.
Moreover, if you’re seeing yourself working from home for quite some time, a home office shed might be really worth the investment.
Add your office equipment
Time to stock up on your home office gear! We suggest investing in items that will help you with your work productivity.
For instance, this means getting a quality office chair, such as one that will provide neck and back support, headrest, ergonomic features, and such.
Your table should have sufficient surface area to fit your laptop, keyboard, monitors, and other necessary items. If you’re a fan of wood furniture, you can have tables, bookcases, and more built by these Dublin-based carpenters.
Other office supplies you may need include:
- Bulletin board
- Sticky notes
- Desk organisers
- Supply trays
- Hand sanitisers, rubbing alcohol, wipes, etc.
Invest in tech essentials
Home office workers know for a fact that reliable internet connection is non-negotiable. If you’re unsatisfied with your current internet service provider, you can view our recommendations for the best fibre broadband providers.
For a safer online experience, you may also want to subscribe to a VPN service.
You most probably have these already, but here are other obvious essentials: laptop computer, a keyboard, mouse and mouse pad, laptop stand, etc.
Additionally, knowing a couple of nearby computer repair shops would probably be a good idea. At the end of the day, your computer’s your workhorse!
Here are the best we found in Galway and Dublin.
Decorate your space
Here’s the fun part: home office makeover! After all, an aesthetic and eye-pleasing office space will definitely motivate you to work, right?
You can start with the walls. Breathe life into it with your colour of choice. Or, you can even hire a professional painter to do it for you. You can also hang picture frames or an inspiring quote.
On the other hand, flowers are a great way to lift anyone’s spirits. They add colour to the area and can even diffuse aromatic smells.
Window treatments can also serve as decoration. Check out some stylish curtains and blinds from these Waterford blinds shops!
Plus, did you know that there are blinds that can serve as wall dividers? You can utilise that if you’re sharing your office space with someone for added privacy.
And that concludes this guide on how to set up a home office!
Meanwhile, if you’re really struggling to work from home, you might want to consider renting co-working spaces. Here are our picks for Dublin’s best office spaces.
And if you’ve got your own ideas for setting up an office space, by all means, contact us!