Five tips for creating an effective home office

DESIGNATED SPACE: Nominate a place to set up your home office that ideally has a lot of natural light and is a little out of the way.

DESIGNATED SPACE: Nominate a place to set up your home office that ideally has a lot of natural light and is a little out of the way.

Spending some of the working week at your home office is well and truly the new norm. With that in mind, Officeworks has put together a collection of tips on how to make the space work for you.

Start off by setting a budget, this will help you prioritise practical things you absolutely need over other things that you want. The good news is you can strike the balance if you allocate your budget accordingly.

Research and decide on a style for your home office, this will ensure colour schemes and finishes are coordinated (if that's important to you). Places such as Officeworks allow you to carry the one look across furniture, stationery and tech accessories. But it also gives you the flexibility to mix and match to your own personal taste if you find yourself with a more eclectic style.

STYLISH SET UP: Places such as Officeworks allow you to carry the one look across furniture, stationery and tech accessories.

STYLISH SET UP: Places such as Officeworks allow you to carry the one look across furniture, stationery and tech accessories.

Nominate a place to set yourself up that ideally has a lot of natural light and is a little out of the way - you want the space to feel like it's your own and empowers you to do your best work without distraction or clutter.

Depending on the amount of space you have, keep things neat and tidy with some shelves, a set of drawers, folders, and a corkboard or whiteboard. This will help organise the paper and ensure everything has a place that you can easily access when you need.

Consider ergonomics in your set up, you want to be comfortable in your space, especially if you're spending a lot of time there. Items such as ergonomic chairs or stools, sit-stand desks and floor mats could be good options if you're keen to go down this route, but even tech products such as mice and keyboards can have ergonomic features.