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A little creative inspiration to make the most of your garden office space.

Finding space for a garden office can be hard, especially if you live in a city or a town where outside space is limited. However, if you’re one of the lucky people who has managed to get an office in your garden and are now looking for the best ways to kit it out, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to make the most of that space in order to create and open and creative atmosphere for you to perform at the best of your abilities. Take a look at our suggestions below and hopefully we’ll give you a bit of creative inspiration!

  1. Do leave your windows bare – if you’re in a small room, lighting is super important. Rather than being a hermit and working in the dark, let the light in. Natural light helps create the illusion of space and freshness and automatically makes the room seem less miserable and dingy, plus you can spend hours daydreaming out the window (however, this is not recommended when trying to run a business…)

  1. Do get a load of mirrors – Well not necessarily a load, one or two will do. But make sure you get some. Mirrors, like windows can automatically make a room seem bigger and more airy if you place them strategically. Working in a small and confined space can sometimes feel claustrophobic – especially when you’re stressed – so make sure you make it seem like there’s plenty of room for those creative thoughts to float around. Again like windows, they are also great for distraction as if you set them up strategically you can spend hours admiring yourself from different angles.

  1. Do use lamps instead of lights – If you’re a bit of a night owl or simply work crazy long hours, the likelihood is you’ll be working in the dark. Overhead lights can be overbearing and pool all the light in the room to one place, thus making the room seem smaller. A scattering of lamps and other light sources can instantly make a room seem more expansive and draw the eye around the room more rather than to one focal point.

  1. Do buy glass or Lucite furnishings – Things like desks and tables can end up taking quite a lot of room within the home office so make sure that you buy clever. Lucite and Glass furnishings are see through (obviously) meaning that having them in the room makes it look way bigger than it actually is, as the surfaces aren’t covered with the dark colours of wood. These furnishings are also the ‘in’ thing right now so are fairly easy to pick up on the cheap!

  1. Do get hidden storage – hidden storage is going to be a life saver in a small office, clear away the clutter to create an open space for brainstorming and clear thinking. You can get a variety of clever and stylish contraptions that will help with your filing and storage and they are honestly worth every penny. If your job requires a lot of paper work, hidden storage allows you to tuck it all away neatly and get rid of that impending sense of doom that a cluttered desk carries with it.

There you have it, our top tips for making the most out of your garden space. Your garden office can be a source of inspiration, so make it an airy, comfortable and enjoyable place to be. You want to remember you’re in the garden and sitting side by side with nature so make the most of those windows! As these spaces become more and more popular, people are finding new and innovative ways to make the best of their situation. Some buy swings, some buy beans bags, some build mezzanines – some people do all of those things! Remember, these are just some of our suggestions, your space if yours to do what you want with it.  Have a look at our range here to begin the journey!

Working from home

The Benefits of Working from Home

There are many benefits to working from home, both in terms of your work and family life. Here are some reasons why opting to spend less time at the office may be best for you:

WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Working from home allows you to have much more control of your work-life balance. You can be more selective over your working hours and devote more time to family and friends when you need to, as long as you’re still able to make up the necessary hours.
Lack of family time can be one of the main reasons people feel stressed at work and this is something that can often transfer to home as people can feel tired and irritable and not feeling like spending time with others. The result can be a feeling of isolation and vicious cycle of not looking forward to work, followed by not looking forward to going home.
Working from home can cut out much of this stress and also give you the peace of mind of being close at hand, whatever may occur.
gem-office2PRODUCTIVITY
There can be a number of distractions in the workplace: the radio being too loud, ringing phones, conversations with colleagues about holidays, kids, football and even other colleagues – all things that can lower our productivity levels and make it harder to get work done. Working at home cuts out many of those distractions, so you just have to rely on your own concentration.
This is easier if you have your own dedicated space in which to work. This could be a room within your home which contains everything you need to work, or perhaps a garden office, which offers more peace and privacy as you don’t have to worry about how much noise everyone else is making – particularly important if you have children and it’s the school holidays.
A hassle-free work environment will make it much easier to get everything done that you need to do. Much depends on your own work practices as well, but if you can block out the outside world for a while, you’re giving yourself a head start.
Working from home MONEY
Many people face expensive travel costs commuting to work every day. Whether it’s filling up the car with fuel or travelling on the train every day, unless your place of work is within walking distance, it’s going to cost money, meaning most people are effectively having to pay to go to work.
Whilst there are also costs involved with working from home, mainly due to increased electricity usage, it can potentially prove more financially viable in the long term.