Putney, Loft ConversionContemporary Home Office & Library, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Work a home officeProving your property is suitable for home working should involve more than putting a laptop on a shelf and sticking a stool underneath. If you have a study space that works, then show it off. Clear out the clutter and move everything that doesn’t signify it’s an office to another room or storage area. If you’ve put in electrical sockets and charging ports, make that obvious by clearing the area around them. Similarly, show there’s a natural light source, good provision for shade, and task lighting, as well as adequate storage and desk space. If you don’t have a home office, could you create one in the corner of a room or on a landing? Home working is becoming increasingly common and could well be an important consideration for anyone who views your property.
Tuck it under a deskPutting a bulky desk in front of the window in this small home-office would have boxed in the radiator and taken up too much space. This bespoke corner desk is a really neat solution, as it skims over the top of the radiator and neatly encloses it, without blocking it entirely. As a result, the warmth can freely circulate, no valuable space is wasted between the desk and the window and the radiator becomes one small element of the room, rather than dominating its design.
Work the deskTry to keep as little as possible on your desk, so you can work on it rather than use it as a surface to store office supplies! Having a clear space allows you to spread out for any reading, writing or research you may be doing. It’s also important ergonomically, as your elbow should be able to rest on the desk with your arm out straight to the computer so as to reduce the chance of repetitive strain injury. If you have to use the desktop as storage for stationery, box files or in and out trays, then keep everything to one side or in the corner. Think of a semi-circle when you’re placing items on the desk: those closest to you are the ones you need most often. Keep the things you use less often further out. For these, think out and up: use the outer extremities of the desk, the shelves up above, and cabinets to the right and left, rather than the desk surface itself.