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Make your office work | The West Australian

With a number of Australians currently embracing the dynamic of working from home, those in the market to build may do well to consider how best to create a professional and productive home office.

Dale Alcock Homes Design and Drafting Manager John Care said ideally the space should be solely dedicated to you and your business.

“It might be smaller than a commercial office space, but designing a home office as part of your new build is a great opportunity to create a work area that’s more personal and in tune with you and your work needs,” he said. “And of course, there’s no commuting either.”

Mr Care said the foundations for good productivity in a traditional office extended to the home too.

“A simple desk, great storage and a comfortable, supportive chair are the basics of any good home office. Paying attention to the height of your desk and chair is important if you want to keep your spine, back, neck and shoulder muscles happy,” he said.

“Lighting is another important consideration, as good lighting will help you avoid eye strain and headaches. Natural light from a window is ideal, while a desk lamp will provide task lighting when you need it.”

Maximising space and storage is a must, especially in smaller rooms.

Mr Care said keeping things neat and tidy was paramount to a cohesive work environment.

“A purpose-built filing drawer can easily be integrated into the cabinetry, and there are even clever ways to conceal a printer and computer when they’re not in use,” he said.

“Floating shelves make good use of space above the desk, while showing off items such as photos and books.”

Ultimately, there is no doubt a distinction between working from home and heading into the office, but Mr Care said there were various ways you could avoid the dreaded distraction or procrastination.

“The location of your home office can play a big part in how focused you’ll stay at your desk. As a rule of thumb, it’s easier to concentrate when the workspace is away from the busy areas of the home,” he said.

“We’ve recently designed a home office in a Wembley custom build. The 3.5m by 2.2m room was placed just off the front entrance, so the homeowner could have clients visit without them walking through the family space.

“It allowed the homeowner to have a dedicated work zone within the house and not be distracted by the noise of family life.”

Mr Care said a final, crucial tip was to never underestimate the number of power points you might need.

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