Since the first quarter of 2020, office-based workers around the world have found themselves working from home a lot more than before. While there are many advantages to this — more family time, less commuting — there’s also the loss of everyday connections with colleagues.
And for some, there’s the challenge of cramped working conditions, balancing a laptop on the couch or hunched over the kitchen table.
Urban New Zealanders working from home have responded by buying larger properties, moving out of town and upgrading their home office facilities. There’s been a surge of Internet searches for ‘best home offices.’ Architects have responded by designing beautiful and highly functional workspaces in previously overlooked areas of the home — from study nooks in cupboards to fully-fledged offices with built-in furniture.
Blum, the European storage specialist, has put together a selection of resources for designers and clients looking to create great home offices. From advice on ergonomics to ideas on siting the workspace within the home, you can find inspiration on their website.
The Blum showrooms in Auckland and Christchurch also offer inspiration for clever storage throughout the home. For a taste of what’s possible, take the virtual showroom tour.
Here are some more ideas to spark inspiration when designing a home office:
Products like SPACE TOWER provide the ability to add vertical storage in areas with a small footprint. Originally conceived as a pantry system, SPACE TOWER is ideal for storage in all parts of the home, from bathrooms to home offices. With its tidy and adaptable pull-out units, SPACE TOWER gives easy access to office supplies, files, or other essentials that would otherwise clutter the workspace.
Fans of minimalism in the home office will also appreciate the ability to add wall cabinets with AVENTOS lift systems that open upwards. Since the doors don’t protrude into the room, users enjoy ample storage without impeding movement.
Blum also makes life easier (and safer) with the Pull-out shelf lock that instantly extends desk space when required. And at the end of the working day, documents can be cleared away and safely stored in a cabinet or drawer.
Working from home brings many advantages — and it’s a design trend that will continue to grow. With smart storage, you can make your clients’ home-based workspaces attractive as well as productive.