Home Office Planning Guide for Remote Workers & Self-Employed Individuals

Whether you’re a self-employed individual or you recently started working from home for the long haul, a home office is a great addition to consider. This guide will help with everything from choosing the location of your home office to planning the design and build phase of the project.

Choosing a Location for Your Home Office

When choosing the location for your home office, one of the most important factors to consider is noise — you’re going to want peace and quiet while you’re grinding away. That being said, try to find someplace far away from the main living spaces in the home. If you find a quiet and suitable place inside the home where you can simply build walls to form your home office, that’s probably your best bet. If you can’t find a place like this, or you can but there are other issues that restrict you from adding a room there, you may need to consider renovating or remodeling part of your home to create new space, rather than working with the existing space in the home. 

Remodel or Renovate Your Home as Needed

In some cases, homeowners are able to simply repurpose existing rooms in their home to create an office. In other cases, you can just add new walls around some empty space to create an enclosed home office. However, if you need to add new structures to the exterior of your house in order to create suitable space for a home office, be sure to consult with a reliable contractor about your plans. If your property has enough open space, you can even consider creating a new, relatively small building to act as your home office. No matter what you end up deciding on, our team at TJ’s Painting & Renovations Co. can help you every step of the way as you make your home office dreams a reality.

Furnish & Decorate Your Home Office

Once you have determined the general layout of your home office plans, it’s time to start considering options for furnishing and decorating the workspace. Of course, you will need a quality desk, comfortable computer chair, and perhaps additional seating for guests or coworkers who may visit occasionally. A coffee table may also be a good option to consider. This is your office, though — you have the freedom to decorate and furnish it however you please! Feel free to hang paintings, lights, and add any furniture that suits your preferences. 

Here is an extensive checklist of items you’ll want to consider including in your home office:

  • Desk & Chair
  • Computer & Printer
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Surge Protector
  • File Cabinet
  • Paper Shredder
  • Fire-Safe Box
  • Bulletin Board
  • Calendar
  • Trash Can & Recycling Bin

This list only scratches the surface as far as home office planning goes — you’ll have to account for personal factors related to your industry and style of work in order to create the perfect home office!

Start Planning the Home Office Of Your Dreams Today

Are you ready to start planning and designing the home office of your dreams? The experts at TJ’s Painting & Renovations are here to help — whether you want to add a home office into your basement finishing plans or you need to make considerable renovations to the home, our contractors are equipped with the experience and resources needed to get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you build the perfect home office!