Working from home is something that, for many people, still requires a lot of effort. Sometimes we need that separation from our home and work life, but if it’s not possible because you’re working for a company that provides completely remote options, creating a garden office might be the thing you need. But what do you need to consider when creating a garden office? It’s all about the right approaches. Here are a few things to bear in mind.

Assess the Space

We need to aid our ability to work rather than hinder it. There are a variety of options out there from customized portable buildings to easy-to-assemble garden sheds, but if you need a space for working, it’s not just about the physical capabilities; you should also look at if there’s enough natural light and proximity to utilities.

Additionally, privacy is an essential thing because you don’t want nosy neighbors looking over the garden fence every time you’re in a meeting. You may benefit from having the opportunity to shut the doors and windows with potential sound-dampening options as well, but you then need to make sure it feels enclosed like this is going to be practical. Working in the garden should be an opportunity to experience more natural light and therefore be more productive, but if you’re going to feel more hemmed in, you may want to reevaluate your options.

Practical Considerations All Year Round

Working in a garden shed is as much about feeling comfortable as well as productive. After all, if you are out there in the bleak midwinter and you’re not able to type emails because your hands are freezing, you will need to address the practical considerations like heating and cooling to ensure the space is comfortable all year round. Portable heaters are an excellent solution that is cost-effective, but you may also want to see if added insulation is a worthwhile option.

The Appropriate Furniture and Equipment

You need to take into account the specific needs of the space and its intended use based on the work you do. Many creative people need everything to hand so they are comfortable but also inspired. You can add personal touches to make it more comfortable and inspiring like plants and decor, but you should also see how productive you can be with the right types of furniture.

For example, this might be the ideal opportunity to invest in a standing desk. If you’ve spent a long time working out of the kitchen or the living room and your back is now paying the price, a standing desk can be an excellent option because of the physical benefits you will gain.

A garden office can be a fantastic investment, and while there were many people who bought them during the pandemic, if you are now at the point where you are working at home and you’ve got to create that separation between your work life and your home life, a garden office can be an excellent option. Of course, we all like the opportunities to work outside when the weather is nice; however, it’s not always practical, and therefore a garden office can straddle the balance.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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