5 places to make an office at home

For many years my working from home routine consisted of a laptop perched on my knee or at the dinning table. This doesn’t work well for a) developing a routine and b) storage. The laptop is continually moved around the house, you lose things and productivity is at an all time low.  Eventually we bought a desk and set it up in the bedroom.

Under the Stairs :

When we moved house I was determined to have my own space whereby I could say goodbye to work and feel like my day had ended.  As my avid readers will know I soon “shotgun” the under the stairs space as my little office and although it’s not perfect it works for me.  I love being able to switch off from the office/working day.  Although I need to get so much better at de-cluttering!

home office space

Spare Room :

I don’t mean just upstairs either. If you are lucky enough to get a dinning table in your kitchen do you really need a formal dinning room situation. My guess is no. It could easily be converted into a home office/business storage.

Sadly we don’t all have an extra room lurking around that we can turn into a home office but hopefully one of these ideas might help.

Garden Sheds : 

Garden sheds come is a variety of shapes and sizes and many many small businesses are now converting the humble garden shed into offices, craft rooms, salons and training facilities.  It’s such a great idea you can easily have your sheds wired with electrics, phone lines and wifi meaning at the end of the day you can shut the doors and go home.

garden shed office

Photo Credit | Julie Slater and Son

Loft conversions by Tailored Lofts : 

Consider using your loft space as your new office. A loft conversion can make use of that space which in our case is a used to home all our “just in case” items! Why not utilse the space into something more meaningful and useful. In many cases you don’t even need planning permission under permitted development. Loft rooms are often the coziest room in the house, due to the skylights and sloping ceilings.  Renovating your loft can be a messy experience and you may find yourself overwhelmed with rubbish. Don’t worry, companies such as https://mackerskiphire.co.uk/ can help you get rid of your junk by providing a skip.  Sounds like the perfect home office retreat to me.

A Cupboard Office : 

There are some amazing images on Pinterest of cupboards turned into offices, such a great use of space. If you don’t have a cupboard you can covert why not look out for old school writing bureaus that can then be closed up and look like a piece of furniture.

Do you work from home? I’d love to see your home office space. Why not send me a tweet @CharlieMoos you never know I might use them in a blog post!

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1 Comment

  1. December 10, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Hello Joanne

    Nice post, working from home is brilliant – no dress code, strict start and end time, or office gossip at the coffee maker. If working from home suits the tasks you need to accomplish and your personality traits and work habits are a good fit, a well-planned office at home can lead to increased productivity and a less stressful work environment. Not everyone is suited to work from home. To be successful, home-based workers need to be self-motivated. Since no one will be watching over your shoulder to make sure you get that project completed on time, avoiding procrastination is even more important to home workers than to those who trudge off to an office every day. You also need to consider your home environment. Can it currently function as a place to work? If not, can it be made to work for your? Will you be productive, or will you be constantly interrupted and distracted by your children or spouse … and so long.

    I wish you all the best of luck.
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