In the past twenty years the home office has evolved into one of the most important amenities inside the home. With the rise of both self-employment and flexible working trends more and more people are spending at least some of their time working from a home office.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15 million people in the United States are self-employed. Additionally, as specified by Global Workplace Analytics, the number of people who regularly work from home despite not being self-employed has risen 103 percent since 2005. Clearly, more people than ever before are working out of their homes. With this trend, home offices are moving away from a cluttered desk shoved in the corner into something both functional and beautiful.
Here are several trends that are changing the way many of us see the home office.
Less is More
A desk littered with papers, files and wires can be an eyesore for people visiting your home. When you start designing or redesigning your home office think minimalist. Keeping your desk organized and neat is key in both how your office looks, but also how it functions. People are much more productive when they work in a tidy space. For many people, this means an evaluation of supplies and equipment. Get rid of what you don’t need and upgrade to wireless or small-profile equipment whenever possible.
For many people who work from home their office must serve more than one purpose. By day it is your command station but it might share space with a home gym, study or studio. By creating a space that can do double-duty you can increase what you get out of your space. Some people are even turning their home offices into entertaining spaces with everything from a wine fridge to a pool table.
Customize Your Furniture
Home office furniture is also being revolutionized. Gone are the days of drab office chairs and shabby pine desks. There are now many different customizable furniture options that help you stick to your schedule and get the most out of your office. Whether you are looking for sleek lines or Craftsman charm, there is a style that will help you work in a space that promotes creativity and productivity.
The tiny house movement, of all things, inspired one of the most interesting home office trends. As we began to culturally embrace the idea of “going tiny,” we started to see new and unique options for our home offices. Many people moved their headquarters into “shedquarters.” In order to separate the space between work and life, many people chose to fully customize a shed in their yard to serve as their innovative home offices. In a warm climate like Southern California, this trend is taking hold.
Watch for Wires
When your list of equipment includes a scanner, printer, monitor, computer, phone tablet and potentially many others, you have a clutter of cords and wires to contend with. While being high-tech is important, make sure you find ways to manage the tangle and stay organized.
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