There comes a point in your blogging career when the kitchen table just won’t cut it anymore. You’re acquiring more and more tech bits and bobs that are drowning out your living space, your collection of notebooks is starting to resemble a mountain, and you long for a little peace and quiet and a space of your own whilst you work on your content.
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room in your home, then now may be the time to create your very own home office. If you’re anything like I was, it’s an exciting prospect but you also might be unsure about where to even start.
Here are my best tips for designing a home office that’s stylish, productive, and the ideal base for your growing blog business…
Design a dedicated space for taking beautiful photos
Like it or not, photography is a pretty integral part of blogging. If you can take some great photos, they can go a long way towards grabbing attention and positioning you as ‘one to watch’ in your niche. Most of us aren’t natural photographers though, and to be frank, we need all the help we can get!
One of my favourite hacks here is to choose a well-lit area of your home office, and turn it into a mini studio. Wallsauce stocks an impressive range of murals that you can use as a backdrop, and you can even create your own custom design so your photos are totally on-brand.
Don’t believe everything you see on Pinterest
Pinterest is the natural go-to place for home office inspiration, but remember that it’s sometimes worthwhile taking what you see with a pinch of salt. Many of the interiors that you see are created by professional interior designers, and they’re put together purely to look impressive – which doesn’t necessarily equate to practical or realistic.
At the end of the day, you have to work with what you’ve got. That might mean making decisions that are within your budget, or even setting up a corner of your sitting room as an office, if you simply don’t have the space. You can still make it unique and beautiful, so don’t fall into the comparison trap!
Make comfort a key priority
There’s no point in having a home office that gets a ton of likes over on Instagram if you’re paying the price in comfort. You’re going to spend a lot of time hanging out here, so you need to be comfortable. It’s often worthwhile investing in a supportive chair, and ensuring that your desk setup is ergonomically correct.
For me, one of the biggest perks of my office is that I’ve got a ‘chill out’ zone. It consists of a big chunky chair with a few fancy cushions and a footstool, and it’s the perfect place for reading (and I’ll be honest here – I’ve been known to use it for a good old nap!)
Creating your own home office can do wonders for your productivity, and it can really improve your mindset as well. If you’re currently working on yours, I’d love to hear about how it’s shaping up so far!