How to plan your home office setup

When you need to start working from home or if you already do, we've got heaps of ways to make your study more comfortable and more productive.

Pick your space

When choosing a work area, it's a good idea to keep it away from your living room. Having a separate space makes it easier to focus when you're working and easier to switch off when you're not working.

Remember to make sure you have access to power; you might need to use extension leads and power boards.

Home office setup with lots of storage

Work out what you need

Make a list of all your work equipment, including the paperwork and materials you need to store. You can plan a basic office around the size of your desk, then work out where the shelving and storage needs to go.

Home office with natural light

Setting up

To save time shifting office furniture around, it's a good idea to draw it up first.

If you work on a computer, having a couple of light sources cuts down on screen glare. Areas with natural light are good, but you can always use desk lamps if necessary.

Corners are great for office setups as they take up less room and choosing an L or U desk shape keeps everything in easy reach.

If you're short on space, the stand up desk is another option.

Office stationery storage

Storage

Too much clutter makes it hard to concentrate and find what you need. You'll need plenty of storage space to keep stationery out of sight and storing paperwork.

Wire mesh notice board

Personalise your space

Having a home office means you can decorate it any way you want. Pictures are a good idea and plants bring life into your space. Pin boards are also good for organisation and visual management.

You might also want to think about a fresh coat of paint. A splash of colour may have the power to change how you work; for example blue is peaceful, green is calming, red is passionate and yellow is optimistic.

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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