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Working class: How to work from home

One big fallout of working flexi-hours, working freelance or setting up a business from your home is the need for a workplace in your house. Designing this workplace according to your needs and comfort helps the cause a great deal. Here's how to do it...

india Updated: Aug 27, 2011 19:51 IST
Praveen Rawal

Planning to work from home? Set up a professional corner office for yourself



One big fallout of working flexi-hours, working freelance or setting up a business from your home is the need for a workplace in your house. Designing this workplace according to your needs and comfort helps the cause a great deal. Today, there is a major shift from a study place doubling up as a workspace, to creating a trendy, functional, stylish and visually pleasing workplace in your home.Workspaces don’t utilise a large area in your house. However, smaller by itself isn’t better. It’s just smaller. Your workspace should be multipurpose and user-adjustable, so it can be used by two or more people, at least some of the time.



If it’s designed aesthetically and elegantly, a workspace can be a value addition to your home décor. Today, workspace designers are constantly emerging with pioneering and innovative designs to blend home offices into the aesthetic décor of your room. Along with elegance and effective space utilisation, emphasis is also laid on designing the workplace area to be spacious. A spacious workspace helps increase your efficiency and productivity.



Office at homeStorage areas and cable channels are also extremely essential factors to take into consideration while designing a workplace at home. Smartly designed storage places and cable channels promote freedom of movement and provide you with a larger area to function and to avoid misplacing work matter. You also need space to place your personal gizmos and trophies in your workplace, even if this workplace is at home.



Ideally, your home workplace should provide privacy with open and covered storage for concentrated work. An open bench style layout promotes space for meetings. But it should also optimise privacy, work surfaces and personal storage and support teamwork. So a modular system allows a mix and match of storage units that support the work surface, while internal cable channels route power and data to the work surface and a smart portable screen provides privacy.



In other furnishings, you’d need a height-adjustable desk to be able to move freely and comfortably while working. And since this is a home office, where you may occasionally need to meet clients, a small lounge area may make sense. You must consider chairs as well – a dining table chair (the obvious choice for many people) may not be the best thing to sit on while you work. So think ergonomics. Your chair should be able to adjust to the movements of your back, arms, body and change shape to mimic and support the movement of your spine.



You may think that none of this is necessary, but it is. A specially created workplace, when that workplace is at home, promotes efficiency by helping you separate your domestic life from your professional life. And a trendy design that’s both functional and aesthetic helps focus your mind on work.



(The author is the country manager, Steelcase India)



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