Home Office Organization Hacks Using An Architect/Engineer Blueprint Storage Rack
When you work from home, you’ve got to be organized and a little creative when it comes to putting together your workspace. After all, you need a place that helps you function at your very best, which means creating a space that provides comfort without too much distraction. Carving out a professional space within your home can certainly be tricky, especially if you have very little square footage leftover from your day-to-day family space needs.
Yet, more and more Americans are finding themselves doing just that. In fact, the number of work-from-home Americans has increased over 100% in the past 5 years. Thanks to cloud-based business technology, as well as reliable virtual & telecommunication improvements, working remotely from home isn’t just for writers, artists, and childcare providers anymore.
In fact, some of the less traditional careers that have seen a significant growth in remote or part-time remote work include:
- Freelance Architectural Designers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Construction Consultants
- Furniture Designers
- Advertising Artists & Copywriters
So, whether you work full-time from your home office or you have a secondary home office space for casual Fridays, here are some organization tips utilizing a few hacks from the industrial organization experts at Big Blueprint Hanger.
We’re also throwing in a few extra tips and suggestions for working efficiently, too. Depending on your industry, these clever hacks should help with assembling an environment that presents a professional atmosphere within your home.
- Pick the Right Room
First things first, there is the question of which room is the new home of your office space. This decision alone can make a huge difference. You might already have a specific room in mind, but if not, here are a few elements to help you pick which one works best in your home.
It is always a good idea to choose a space within your home that is far enough from the “main action” of your house, especially if you have a family. This is important for decreasing opportunities for distraction. You might also try to pick a place that wasn’t previously a “relaxing place,” such as a bedroom. The reason behind this is that sometimes, this can affect your ability to work with a focused mindset, as your subconscious will recognize the room as a place of rest instead of as a place of work.
You also might want to consider a room that has doors that lead outside. This would be helpful if you have clients that might visit your home office. This way if you feel uncomfortable bringing them into the rest of your home, this is a convenient way to respectfully keep business in the office space. This is also is helpful if you feel like the rest of your home is messy or does not present a professional atmosphere.
Lastly, you should consider a room with windows. It is important to work in a space that is well-lit, and that has great airflow. This is important to your productivity, as a poorly lit room and weak air flow can lead to a claustrophobic atmosphere, as well as a place where you will not feel encouraged to get anything done.
- Desk & Draft Table Options
Your next consideration should be your desk space. Do you need a draft table in addition to a traditional desk? Will you have occasional meetings with clients and therefore need a desk with seating on both sides?
Keep in mind you’ll need to manage your space. Your desk should not be so big that it makes the room difficult to walk around in. Draft tables like these from Big Blueprint Hanger are available in a wide range of sizing to fit your space. Their sturdy work surface is available in a flat top or a slanted top, enabling easy viewing of up to 36” x 48” size draft plans, blueprints, or schematics. Plus, they are easily dismantled and re-assembled if you need to reconfigure your home office later.
Once you choose your desk, you should place it in a spot that is well-lit within your office. You should also consider where you place it in accordance with the window. If you find that you are easily distracted, then having a desk that faces directly outside may not be a good option for you, as outside events may call for your attention when you should be focusing on your work.
Next, you need to consider the seating arrangement in your office. When it comes to your desk chair, a swivel chair tends to be the best, as well as the most convenient option. This way you can move with ease as you reach for whatever you need. These also have adjustable seatbacks and heights, so that you can move it to whatever feels the most comfortable and useful to you as you move from drafting to computing or writing.
- Use round file labels instead of traditional rectangular ones.
These round labels are fabulous for marking your files and folders. Not only are they big and easy to read, but their round design makes quick referencing easy without snagging clothes.
- Use Adhesive Transparent Pockets
I love a DIY command center as much as the next homepreneur, and these adhesive-backed pockets are a game-changer. Rather than tacking stacks of orders and invoices on a messy corkboard, slip them into transparent pockets adhered right to your wall, the side of your desk, or filing cabinet.
Tired of sorting through a ton of USB drives to find the one for a particular job? Use a mini pocket to slip it into place neatly with the rest of the documents for the job.
Sticky back pockets add versatility – and that’s one of our biggest requirements in a great home office layout. With visual access to your job tickets, digital files, and a place to leave easy-to-see notices all in one place, these handy pockets will change the way you handle your work.
- Use a Blueprint Storage Rack for Oversize Paper Drafts
Saving your precious home bandwidth by bringing home copies of your draft instead of wasting time trying to download the giant files? If your work deals with oversized paper drafts, designs, blueprints, maps, photos or plans, you’ll need a convenient storage system to keep them off the floor and out of harm’s (your children’s) way. There are actually a variety options if you consider using a blueprint storage rack to handle it all.
Consider a drop lift wall rack
Glide-out racks that offer additional surface space on top that would be perfect for your printer/fax/scanner hub.
A rolling stand rack (did we mention we love things to be mobile?)
Or Poly hangers that can be stored on a pegboard wall.
- Put Casters on EVERYTHING
The biggest suggestion for home office design is to keep everything mobile. Furniture that can be moved is incredibly valuable in a home office scenario, especially when space is limited. Adding heavy duty casters to your desk, filing cabinets, and bookshelves affords you the opportunity to reconfigure your space in a moment’s notice.
Need to make room for clients coming by? Shove the furniture against the wall to add space for seating.
Roll out your draft table front and center for a quick meeting with your team.
Slide your desk closer to the doorway to keep an eye on the kids when school’s out. Then push everything out of the way for a quick play session with them for a break!
Check out these heavy duty steel casters from Big Blueprint Storage.
No two businesses are exactly the same, and using your home office space to reflect you and what your business promotes is an excellent way to maintain your professional mindset. Keeping furniture mobile and your tools versatile and flexible will ensure you are always able to change up your layout if you find something isn’t working for you or you need to reconfigure for future growth. Thinking outside the box by using a blueprint storage rack for any of your oversized documents will keep your important documents safe and easy to sort. And lastly, clear labeling and a great visual project center will ensure a smooth workflow.