In today’s society we’re busier than ever, and far too often, work comes before the things that should be most important to us like friends and family. That’s why more and more people are creating home offices in an attempt to try and restore the balance between work and home life. It means that if you do have to work on the weekend, you don’t necessarily have to go all the way into work, meaning that you don’t have to cut your precious weekend time in half.
A lot of people decide to use their spare rooms for home offices, but we understand that in the case of growing families, this isn’t always feasible. That’s why today’s blog is all about how to turn your cellar into an office space, something that you might not have thought about before, but that is becoming increasingly popular. Here’s some tips on how to do it:
First of all, you need to make sure that your cellar is suitably waterproofed and damp free. There’s no point in beginning to use the space as an office, only to find that all of your work has been ruined because you didn’t take the time to safety proof. It also won’t do your health any good if you’re working in a space that isn’t liveable. Take the time to consult an expert and get them to check that everything is in working order.
You then need to make sure that you have access to essentials such as heating, lighting and the internet. The best way to do this is to clear out the room so that you can wire it accordingly before you put all of your furniture in. In terms of lighting, a top tip is to remember that cellars tend to be darker than any other room in the house. At the same time, harsh, bright lighting doesn’t bode well for a productive work space. Find a middle ground.
On that same note, if you want to make sure that the basement is free from any noise or disturbance, then think about other ways to keep the space as private as possible. You could think about installing a bathroom or kitchen unit down there, or even a separate entrance. Remember, the more time spent working without distractions, the quicker you can get back to your family.
The last step is to think about the furniture that you’ll need. Chances are, you’re going to need storage for all of your files and papers. That’s why it could be worthwhile to put up shelves, purchase storage units, and make use of any cupboard space that is already down there. Try putting in sofas or chairs to create a more comfortable work space.
Have you got any further tips for using the cellar as an office space?