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Working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has made it evident how important it is to have a functional home office. Temporary setups on dining room tables or in living rooms and bedrooms just don’t work in the long run, and removes the usual comfort and functionality of those other spaces. Whether you need to establish a new workspace in your current home, or you’re building a new home with Payne Family Homes, take the time to design your perfect home office space.

Brainstorm Before you Design
It’s important to think about what you need out of a home office space before you start your design. Ask yourself several questions before you begin, like:

What type of work needs to be done within the space?
Will you be inviting external clients or colleagues into your office?
Do you plan on video conferencing or making frequent conference calls?
How much storage will you need in the space?
What type of equipment do you need to complete your work?
What time of day will you be working?

By answering these questions, you’ll be able to make important design decisions that will give you optimal functionality.

Design for Productivity
One of the biggest challenges when working from home is keeping yourself focused. Ensure your home office is planned in an area of your home that is away from the typically busier areas to help avoid distractions. Don’t put yourself in view of the television if it’s not necessary for your job. Give yourself plenty of space to complete your tasks with sensible organization to easily access the things you need. Ensure you have good lighting and, if possible, plan to be near a window for natural light. Aim to create a space that’s comfortable but not so much that it makes you lack motivation.

Make it Personal with Payne Family Homes
Create your home office space right from the start. When you build a home with us, you have the opportunity to truly personalize your space at the Payne Family Homes Design Studio. Choose your favorite flooring, lighting, colors, and more to create an office space that fits your personal and professional style. Bring in photos of spaces you like, or even something small that has a style that appeals to you like a fabric sample, and we’ll help you turn that into an office space you’ll enjoy for years.

Finish the Space with the Right Furnishings & Equipment
Bring the whole aesthetic together with your favorite furnishings and best equipment to make your office comfortable, beautiful, and functional. Hang your favorite art on the walls. Use a fun mug for a pencil holder. Hang floating shelves or place a nice wire basket on your desk to organize paperwork. Use fun cube shelving instead of standard bookshelves for books and décor. Although you can’t necessarily hide your computer, you can keep your space looking great by taming and hiding all of the cords. Purchase pieces that complement the rest of your home and provide you with the functionality you need. Of course, don’t forget a comfortable office chair!

Need some design inspiration? Check out some home office spaces we’ve created in our photo gallery. For more help designing the perfect home office space, or other area of the home, contact us at Payne Family Homes today. Let us help you build the home of your dreams.