Want to work from home but not sure where to put your new office? It does not need a lot of space – a corner, an wardrobe or cupboard, or even an empty Rumpus space will do. It is the perfect excuse to clear out a wardrobe and get rid of all that stuff in there that you have been hanging onto for the last 20 years. (I’m not joking) . With wireless in most houses these days anywhere is possible. What is good, (but maybe not possible) is to be able to close the door on it at the end of the day, as you don’t want to be looking at work while you are relaxing/playing so would not recommend it in your bedroom, lounge or family room areas.
Have you got a table, chair and a couple of statement lamps to get you started? Good, get out the tape measure to see where they will fit. Next have a big clean out as the key to having a successful small office space will be storage. Think about using jars, boxes, buckets, filing, shelving. Could you hang things from a peg board or write ideas on a black board on the wall behind the desk? Filing cabinets take up a lot of space, and are ugly, so think carefully about not using them. I found things ended up in there never to be seen again – it became File 13. With the www. these days you do not need all that paper and sampling. Trust me.
Also think about how you work, what you require for storage, and what surface areas you will use. Do you need a craft table for gluing, cutting, pasting? Or could you get away with a folding table that you have alongside you for over flow when working on a project, but then is stored away/folded down the rest of the time? Be prepared to get in help such as electrician for lighting and wiring, and telecomunications guru to set up your wireless, computer, and printer. A handy bloke with the correct drill bit can make your favourite cupboard/armoire into your new work space if he drills a few holes in the back to put all the wires through. As you can see from the pictures below, it does not take much to get you working in style.
If you don’t think you can put it all in a cupboard, think again!
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