Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of professionals have elected to work from home. The fashion industry is no different. With the rise of digital technology, it has never been easier to work remotely, and anyone whose job involves working with tech can easily work from home some or all of the time. This includes fashion designers, marketers, journalists, PR, and illustrators.
While working from home is often convenient, you must have a suitable home office setup. A less than optimal working space will undermine your productivity and potentially cause health issues, such as a bad back. Read on for some handy home office design tips.
Choose the Right Space
Think carefully about where the best place to work is. There is little point in creating a home office in an area where you’ll be constantly disturbed or there isn’t enough space. A self-contained room is always the best choice, but if you don’t have a spare room, at least choose an area out of the way, where you can focus. And if neither of those options is available, consider investing in a garden building where you can work, or converting a garage or attic.
Things to think about include:
- Is the area quiet enough?
- Will you have good internet connectivity there?
- Will it be too hot in summer or cold in winter?
- Is there enough space for your job? For example, a designer needs plenty of room to spread out.
- Can you achieve a good work/life balance? For example, a bedroom office will likely not offer that.
Invest in Quality Office Furniture
Don’t be tempted to buy a cheap desk and chair, or worse, work at the kitchen table on an old fold-up garden chair. Since you could be spending 8+ hours a day working, it makes sense to choose a desk and office chair that is functional and comfortable.
Decide how big the desk needs to be. Will you be using several monitors? Is there enough room for your PC so it doesn’t sit on the floor and attract dust? If so, a larger desk is important. Check out Lenovo home office computers if you are ready to upgrade your tech.
Your chair also needs to be comfortable and ergonomic. Try a few out for size, if possible, as chairs vary greatly in comfort levels. Buy the best one you can afford and make sure it is height adjustable.
You are likely to have various books and other resources you need for your job, so invest in storage space. A bookcase or shelves will be useful. Cupboards are also handy, as you can store items out of sight when they are not needed.
Don’t dismiss the importance of lighting, especially if you are a designer. Strong lights above your workspace are vital, as is task lighting.
Finally, as a creative, your home office needs to be inspirational. Fill the office with pictures, photos, and anything else that sparks your creativity. Artwork is often forgotten about when designing a home office, but it can make a huge difference.
Tap into your creativity to design a home office where you get your best work done.