Working from home.
Sounds great, right?
Until you’re on an important call and the vacuum starts up…
Or you need to pack everything up because someone else needs to use the dining table.
With more of us working from home than ever before, 2020 has seen a dramatic increase in backyard home offices.
Why an office in the backyard?
Here’s how to turn a garden shed into an office, and make working from home effective & enjoyable.
Because you’ve never needed this advice more than now:
Whether you’re starting with a brand new shed, or making over an old one, a fresh coat of paint on the outside is the best place to start.
Not only will it look great, it’ll be protected from the (ahem, harsh) Aussie weather.
Dulux Weathershield is a great exterior paint option if you’re not sure where to start, and choosing a similar colour to your home will create a consistent look on your property. Here’s a handy paint calculator to help you work out how much you’ll need.
Once your shed is painted outside, it’s time to get your tradies along and connect up the services you need.
You’ll need an electrician to wire up your lights, aircon and a couple of powerpoints.
It’s a good idea to get data cabling too if you can (or at least a wifi extender for your home wifi).
You could even add plumbing to your shed however, we recommend checking with your local plumber if this is possible.
Once the services are in, it’s time to line your walls!
You can add extra insulation at this step as well. This will keep your office more comfortable & reduce heating/cooling costs.
There are many options for lining the walls of your new office, but the two most popular ones are traditional plaster & wall panels.
Traditional plaster will require a plasterer (unless you’re very handy!), and creates a fair bit of mess but means you’ll have a sleek finish just like the inside of your home.
For a quicker, easier option, wall panels (such as these) are easy to DIY and provide a smooth wall lining that can be painted just like plaster.
The colour your paint the inside of your new home office can have a great effect on how you feel when you’re working, and how much work you end up doing!
We have a lot of customers paint their office all-white, for a crisp & clean look (that also doubles as a professional background for Zoom meetings!)
However, you could also choose a colour that’s going to make you feel calm, productive or focused. This article covers the best paint colours for your office
Last, but not least, it’s time to add furniture to your new home office.
Home offices are typically somewhere we spend a lot of time, so it’s a good idea to invest in a good-quality, comfortable chair and a functional desk.
Sit/stand desks are not just for the elite anymore. You can pick one up at IKEA for a reasonable price. Your back (and health) will thank you!
If you’d love to start 2021 off right with a home office, now is the time to get started.
At the time of writing, we’re taking orders for mid-January, and we don’t want you to miss out.