The 5 Most Important Design Tricks for a Home Office
Home-based businesses are increasing at a rapid pace and many of them are owned by women who have decided to grow their hobbies into income-generating schemes. This is the most practical route for women business owners and Mompreneurs because building an enterprise at home is not only cheaper but also allows them to uphold familial responsibilities.
However, it is crucial to point out that growing a business at home comes with its own challenges. Therefore, one of the main priorities when launching a home-based enterprise is to create a home office.
According to Entrepreneur.com, “the key to making a home-based business work is to differentiate your work and home area.” By doing so, you can also easily shift between your professional role and your personal life.
Typically, a home office is a spare room in the house or the garage. Space is always an issue because a business is a “growing organism.” If you make and sell your items, it will only be a matter of time before the office becomes too crowded.
Therefore, it is important to invest money in the functional design of the workspace and hire interior design and fit-out services. With the expert assistance and work of the pros, your home office, despite its size, can easily accommodate your growing enterprise. And speaking of functional design, the space and fit-out solutions can certainly make your home-based business goals possible.
Listed below are five of the most important fit-out tricks for home offices:
1. Install shelves deep into the wall
When you are working with limited space, “going deep” always helps. Recessed shelves under counters provide adequate storage for supplies and other material items used for day-to-day operations.
A really nice aspect to them is they maintain the smooth dimensions of the room.
When you do not have shelves protruding or sticking out, you preserve space for comfortable movement around your home office.
2. Create multi-layered/functional cabinets
Typically, cabinets are just box-type spaces that you fill with items. But, with custom office design and fit-out, you can store even more items in them.
You can build in different kinds of pull out racks, attach hooks, incorporate configurations to make finding what you need easier and faster, a reminder board and so much more.
This design and fit-out trick helps ensure that you are getting more out of whatever space you are using primarily for corralling clutter.
3. Sink storage
Sinking storage chests is another effective fit-out solution for small offices with limited space.
If you have already used up most of the vertical space of the room, create a few more square feet by digging into the ground. This is not a new strategy, but a lot of people forget about it.
Sunken storage can serve as a secret storeroom, and it is the perfect hiding place for confidential materials and even heat-sensitive items.
4. Build multipurpose furniture
Fit-out furniture can have more uses than those you can buy from the store.
- Window seats can have secret compartments underneath.
- Tables can have multiple features to support the different types of work for which they are used; ditto with work counters.
The key to fitting such pieces of furniture into the home office is to have a complete understanding of the work carried out around them.
For example, if you sew garments on the table, adding deep shelves to it so you can keep cloth, scissors, cutters, pencils, and other items within reach will ensure a smoother flow of the activity.
You can prevent clutter and small accidents such as knocking off containers and spilling materials on the floor as well with such functional design features.
5. Make every aesthetic implement functional as well
- Instead of framing your windows for a more polished look, use slender wooden racks instead to display products.
- Display tables can be built to function as extra storage solutions.
- A lot of store display tables have smaller drawers for vouchers, ribbons and other small knick-knacks.
Have yourself a smartly designed home office
Professional fit-out solutions can outwork space constraints that can potentially hinder the growth of a business. So, be sure to invest in them.
After balancing your books, consider taking out a loan to turn your home office into a highly organized, productive space. It’s a financial move that can ensure the growth and success of your home-based enterprise.
About the Author
CEO at Interact Group LLC
Interact Group is a design-led interior fit-out company that aims to set new standards in the UAE interiors market. Driven by their dedication to total customer experience, the company’s mission is to bring truly specialized teams to complex design and fit out challenges, utilizing their unmatched ability to deliver spaces efficiently and above expectation.