Working from home half the time will save you up to $4,000 per year, according to National Public Radio (NPR). This is one of the main reasons why Forbes reports that by the end of 2023, 25% of all professional roles will be remote. You’ve probably been working from home for a while now from a temporary working space. But, these figures show it’s time to create a permanent home office. So, what part of your home should you consider?
Clear out the garage
More than 82 million homes in the U.S. have a garage. However, 20% of homeowners with a garage confess to not using their garage because it’s packed full of clutter. If this is you, it’s time to have a good clear-out. From there, think about making your garage as comfortable as possible so you can work productively from it. Insulating the walls, floor, and door is a good idea. You’ll also want to put an air conditioning unit and a space heater in there to ensure you can use your garage as a home office all year round. A fresh lick of paint, good quality lighting, and power point installation should be the following things on your list. Then, all that’s left to do is move some office furniture in so you can get to work.
Utilize a nook
Home offices typically vary from 50 to 150 Square feet. But America’s small house trend means lots of people don’t have the space to turn a whole room into an office. If this is the problem you face, your best bet is to transform a nook in your home into an office. The space under the stairs, the area below a loft bed, and a closet can all be used when you need to work comfortably from home. Simply add a desk and some shelving or storage units and you’ve got a functional home office that doesn’t eat up too much of your home. Even if you don’t have a nook to use, any vacant space can be turned into one. Simply divide it with a bookshelf and put in a desk.
Creating A Comfortable Permanent Home Office
Move into the garden
If you don’t have space indoors or can’t bear the thought of working while surrounded by household distractions, the perfect solution is a garden office. An existing outbuilding in your garden is the ideal room to transform. Otherwise, you can buy out-of-the-box garden offices in a range of shapes and sizes which fit any garden, no matter how little space you’ve got. Another option is to build a summerhouse or a log cabin at the bottom of your garden and use that as your home office. Just make sure you prioritize insulation, heating, and lighting.
Working from home has quickly become the normal thing for employees. It’s therefore time to move away from the temporary office you’ve set up on your sofa or dining table and make yourself a comfortable, fully functioning permanent home office.