If you don’t have a spare room in your house for a home office, we show you some easy ways to combine the two.
The problem? Where to store the computers.
The answer is to find a storage spot where your computer can be easily accessed when needed, and just as quickly tucked away when you’ve finished.
Here are some ideas:
- A workstation can be easily stored in a corner, or in another room, and you can just bring it out as you need it.
- A modern version of the old-fashioned roll-down writing desk enables you to place your laptop on the lid of the desk. When you’ve finished, pack up all your mess by folding up the lid.
- Convert a pantry or wardrobe into a media nook. Add pieces of furniture that can be moved if you need to extend your work area, and then slid back into place when you’ve finished.
A good chair is vital
Whatever you choose for your home office set-up, it’s crucial to have a decent chair. The best sort is the standard clerical office-type. Check to see that the chair conforms to Australian Standard 3590.2. Armrests aren’t usually necessary, as they can get in the way or push your shoulders up.
A good working chair should have the following features:
- Adjustable height
- A separately adjustable backrest you can bring forwards into the small of your back, as well as alter vertically to suit your trunk length
- A seat short enough to enable you to get full back support without the front of the edge of the seat pushing into the back of your legs
- A five-star base for stability
- A curved ‘waterfall’ front
- Good padding
- Clever use of low platforms on wheels (for computer printers), trolleys (for stationery, books and reference materials) and boxes on wheels (for filing and documents) allow storage in corners or under tables when not in use.
- Keep in mind how often you use things. If you haven’t reached for something on a day-to-day basis you probably don’t need to have it directly to hand, so put it away.
- When thinking about custom-build storage, consider stand-alone units not built-ins. That way you can move them from room to room.
- A light, easy-to-move screen is also useful for separating a workspace from a living space.
- To keep your house mess from melding with company chaos head to office supplies store or storage specialist and buy boxes, files and tubs in bulk.
- Don’t be restricted by the standard storage options available. Consider adding extra shelving (adjustable to accommodate different sized magazines and books) to a linen cupboard or wardrobe and turning it into a mini home office.
- When space is tight and adding another room for an office is out of the question, invest in a clever, custom-made storage idea.
- Unless you’re a mad minimalist, there’s very little use in methodically putting away life’s little staples, such as CDs and coffee books. The key to successful storage is relegating unsightly pieces to closed boxes while leaving more stylish items on display.
- Stackable crates provide great flexible storage. They can be left on the ground or stacked in different configurations, maximising the use of limited floor space.
- Use small plant pots to store pens, and wooden clothes pegs to gather up notes
- Back to basics – it all comes back to the humble box. Available in so many forms, it can be recycled, re-used and re-covered.
Equipment and Suppliers
Shannon’s own writing desk came from:
111 Flinders St
Tel. 9380 6000
Designer stationery from:
|Willow totally clear boxes, mesh pencil case and blueberry magazine holders from:|
Peng box with lid and emu box set with lid from:
Moma file holder and storage boxes, octopus cardholder, Gus storage boxes and chrome cutlery holder from: