The best room for a home office usually depends on what is available, be it a bonus room, extra bedroom, or even a very large closet or pantry. That being said, consider how much time you are going to be spending in your home office, and what it means to you to be successful in your office space, and you may want to give this location some priority over other rooms in your house. For example, if you may want to take that guest bedroom that doesn’t get many guests and target it for the home office makeover. Your occasional guests will probably understand.
In older homes, office space is almost always an afterthought, so that space has to be created and there may be compromises you have to make. Of course, if you are building a home and have the resources to include an office in your plans, then you are certainly very fortunate! But most of us will have to adapt one of the lesser-used spaces in our home for our own little work heaven. Therefore, here are some conditions that certainly make one room preferable to another, and it’s up to you to decide how these are prioritized for the space you are considering for a transformation:
- Size of the room
You need sufficient space for your desk, computer and other office equipment (as we said before, the requirement for space has really diminished with digitization of documents, but you still may want shelves and file storage). Remember that you will be getting up and walking around during the day, and hopefully not to the refrigerator. Make sure you give yourself a little room for movement.
With the amount of time one spends staring at a computer screen, a balance of ambient light and work light is absolutely paramount.
- Privacy and security
- Noise reduction
- Office visitors