How to Make a Functional Home Office
As many professionals head back to the office, some have found a way to keep their careers an at-home affair. Now more than ever before, homeowners are choosing to transform a spare room into an office to help separate work from home life.
The most important element of a functional home office is creating an organized and functional space that also delivers on aesthetics. But, depending on the needs of each professional, the best method to create an at-home office that’s suitable for daily usage can change greatly.
While not everyone will prefer to stay at home for their nine-to-five, creating a seamless at-home workspace is easier than most imagine. Think you’re ready to start building the perfect at-home office? Keep reading for a few suggestions that will help you to refine your goals.
The Gaming Center
Not all professionals will find the perfect desk just for their professional lives. In fact, many homeowners are likely to share space with a gamer—and many of those gamers will need a PC to play their favorite titles. This covers games like Call of Duty and League of Legends, as well as browser games from online casinos.
After all, even the most basic (and non-digital) games are now played in a virtual format. For example, slot machine mechanics have changed a lot since they were called one-armed bandits back in the late 1800s. Physical machines required a spring-loaded mechanism to play, but today’s online variations use random number generators, or RNGs.
Despite the change in format, the game remains incredibly popular for players who like variation and excitement. The same goes for card classics like solitaire and board games like chess, which are also commonly played online. For example, solitaire is now a competitive virtual title, with companies like Solitaire Palace offering leagues and large tournaments in an online format. Meanwhile, digital chess has led to totally new variations on the classic game, from 4D to Bughouse.
Professionals who will be sharing their office with a gamer should look for desks that have drawers and various tabletop levels. This will help hide the hardware often preferred by gamers, from specialized keyboards to intercom headsets. In some cases, a single drawer may be enough.
For laptop-based professionals to diehard PC gamers alike, building out an ergonomic area is important. Both office users will need to prioritize their posture for long stints in front of a screen. This means finding the right desk and chair—which should be adjustable to line up at the perfect angle.
Generally speaking, someone using a computer should be seated with their feet flat on the floor and staring straight ahead. A laptop or monitor should be at a person’s eye level to avoid neck strain; for this reason, adjustable chairs are a must.
Some office workers might prefer to opt for a non-traditional desk. These include low-sitting surfaces and standing desks. The first allows professionals to sit on the floor on a cushion, while the latter lets them change the height of their desk so they can stand and work—or even walk on a treadmill.
Clearly, an office will have various uses—sometimes as a professional workspace and other times as a gaming hub. Many homeowners will also choose to use their office as a place to store important documents and items. A few may also attempt to keep their spare room as a part-time guest room for when visitors come to town.
Professionals setting up multifunctional offices can keep a few tricks in mind when it comes to building out their space. First, they can opt for mobile furniture that can be moved easily. This might even include a murphy bed, which folds up when not in use.
Another suggestion is to build a desk into a shallow closet. By simply moving the office chair and shutting the closet doors, the ‘office’ disappears. This is also a great solution for storing various hardware, such as microphones, headphones, and keyboards.
The Little Things
Creating a truly functional and long-lasting home office comes down to thoughtful consideration. The more a person weighs the little things, the fewer adjustments they’ll make in the long run.
Let’s cover a few of the ‘little things’ that are easy to forget about.
- Will natural light from a window cause a glare on the computer screen?
- Does a desk have storage compartments, like drawers and routes for wiring?
- Is there enough desk space for a person’s needs, including drinks, outlets, and paperwork?
- Is there too much noise in a location, whether due to outside noise pollution or noisy appliances like air conditioners?