Tips on How to Design Your Home Office


Working from home is becoming more and more popular for businesses. Creating a beautiful space that promotes your productivity is important when considering putting together your own home office.

As the best interior design company at the Lake of the Ozarks, John Elliott Interiors has the know-how and experience to create the perfect space for you. Contact us today to learn more about our outstanding services. 

Whether your office has its own dedicated room, or it’s a simple corner in your home, we have great tips on how to maximize your space.

Choose a Space Where You Can Be Productive

Your home may have some areas that are naturally quiet, and some that have heavier traffic. Be strategic when choosing where to set up your home office. If your living room is a whirl of activity on a daily basis, the den next to that room may not be the best choice. 

Spend time in each of your rooms on what you would consider a typical day in your home. Pay attention to any distractions that may be present – noise level from appliances or family members' activity, kitchen smells, and visual distractions like television or passing traffic. 

Make sure your desk is located near an outlet. While extension cords can work, they are not always protected against power surges and can look bulky and out of place if they have to stretch over a great distance. 

If you meet clients in your home office, you will also want to consider how close the office is to where they will enter. A long trek through your home may show off your interior décor, but does not always give the most professional impression to your clients.

Use Natural Light

Try to choose a place that has natural light from a window. Natural light helps your eyes avoid straining when you spend long hours in front of a screen. It can also help boost your mood!

If you don’t have access to a space near a window, try using LED lights, as they mimic natural light more closely than other kinds of light bulbs.

Prioritize Comfort

Choose a place where you will be comfortable. If you are sensitive to temperature fluctuation, you may not want to set your desk directly over, or too near, a vent. The air blowing directly on you could be distracting and uncomfortable as you try to stay focused on work.

Select a comfortable chair that will support your back and promote good posture. Working from an uncomfortable chair can not only be distracting but also unhealthy. If you regularly slouch in your chair because there is no good back support, your circulation may be limited and could affect your level of alertness.

Design Your Space for Success

The shape of your desk can be very important to your productivity as well. A too-small desk could make it difficult to stay organized and put you in a situation where you are shuffling papers to find the documents you need. A too-large desk could be distracting as well with a lot of empty space that you may be tempted to fill with clutter. 

Use organization tools that help you stay productive. If you don’t have office supplies nearby and have to regularly get up in the middle of a project, it may inhibit your workflow.

Incorporating your personal style into your office space can make it feel less cold and "cookie-cutter". Surrounding yourself with pictures, quotes, and other items that inspire you can help you work with more motivation.

Consult John Elliott Interiors on Your Design

Designing a home office can seem like a difficult task. Especially ensuring it will be a space where you can work efficiently. Keep your comfort and convenience in mind when choosing the location of your home office. Let in as much natural light as possible and choose a comfortable setting to promote your health and productivity. Use creative and inspiring design to make the space your own and show your personal style.

As the best interior design company at the Lake of the Ozarks, John Elliott Interiors can help you create the ideal office space for you and your home. We can take your lifestyle and field of work into consideration to ensure it will fit you personally. Call today to learn more about our interior design services at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Let us help you create an interior for your life.

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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