Home Office Woes

by Brody Robinson
Home office space

Whether you’re new to working from home or have done it since the beginning of the pandemic, a home office has become a necessity for people just like you. Your office could currently be in your spare bedroom or in a small corner of your apartment; it doesn’t matter if you have a designated area or you are working on the kitchen table, now is an ideal time to update your space.

At this year’s National Home Show: The Big One, you will find inspiration for your home office and other renovation and space-saving needs.

Home office space

“With the new normal of parents working from home, and online school for students, the home office needs an upgrade,” says Denise Hayward, show director for the National Home Show: The Big One. “You may think you don’t have the space for a home office – but think again!”

To help you get inspired, here are some tips to help you create a workable home office, even in the tightest of spaces.

The right location

The ideal home office is one that is in a space where you won’t be distracted. Privacy is vital if you find yourself at home all day with your family. The right location is key, as is making sure your office has a door. Shutting out distractions and shutting in work allows you the needed disconnect between work and life. Each can be enjoyed, but make sure to keep them separate.

The right lighting

When it comes to a home office, the right light is crucial. Natural light is the best – many famous authors try to situate themselves near a window to use natural light, encouraging creativity and increasing productivity. With the pandemic keeping so many of us indoors, try to let in some natural light and take in the outdoors while you work.

Ergonomic-friendly furniture

Whether it’s the kind of chair you buy, the height of your desk, or your computer setup, your home office should have ergonomic components. If a home office is becoming your new normal, don’t be afraid to splurge. Your back will thank you for it!

Crafty convertible chair

Crafty and convertible

Make the most of a tight situation by using convertible furniture and decor. Your space can be aesthetically pleasing and great for extra storage. Create an area that’s transformable enough to use for both work and everyday life, making

it fit your needs. Get creative with desks that fold into walls, modular shelving or seats that function as storage boxes for a multi-purpose and multi-functional space.

Make it your own

Your home office is still your office and should represent you. Choose a colour scheme that matches your overall aesthetic and you will look forward to sitting at your desk every day. Add those plants that bring some nature in or an animal print to spice up your space. This is your home office – make it your own with whatever makes you happy!

Check out the National Home Show: The Big One, April 15-24, 2022 at Toronto’s Enercare Centre for more ideas on how to transform your space and make your home office work for you. Get tips and tricks from leading industry professionals and top design experts for your next home renovation project.