Designing a home office with space in mind

Designing a home office with space in mind

Your home office is a place of business where you have complete design control. Whether you work at home full-time or you just need a place to do paperwork, make sure you give yourself the right amount of room to get that business done comfortably. Here are a few size-related considerations before moving in the filing cabinets 

Allow room to work
Before selecting a floor plan, you should ask yourself how much you plan to use the office. If the answer is a lot, then you may not want to skimp on the size of the room, no matter if you're looking at small house plans or something more luxurious. If you work at home, you could be spending up to eight hours a day there – a small office won't do, unless, of course, you prefer a cozier space. 

Don't, however, be tempted to go too big, either. You may find yourself easily distracted if an office includes a sitting area, fireplace and bookshelves. The office, as drawn for HHF-4968‚Äč, is a sizable space, yet no bigger than a kitchen or bedroom. Take your work habits and your personal preferences into account when designing the room. Also, if the space is too large, it may end up serving as storage space, which leads to another design consideration.

Don't turn to storage
The last thing you want your office to become is a walk-in closet. Often, the transformation starts out small: A wayward box is moved out of the way or a piece of exercise equipment needs to be stored. It's a slippery slope, however, as part of the office becomes allocated for items you'd rather not lug up to the attic. Not only is a cluttered office an inefficient use of space, it can also be disruptive to your focus and productivity. 

Design your office to discourage misuse of space. Don't make it bigger than you need it to be and make sure that the design is comfortable enough that you will, in fact, use it on a regular basis. Offices often become junkyards because they're no longer used for their original purpose. If that's the case, don't keep it as an office, but remodel it for more efficient use. 

Scale furnishings accordingly
The scale of furniture can drastically affect the perceived size of the room. Furniture that's too large for a small office can make the space feel cramped. Conversely, furniture that's too small will make a big office feel empty. If you need a big desk, design the floor plans accordingly. If you have to make due with a small office, consider wall-mounted desks to keep the room feeling open.