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What to Think About Before Designing a Specialist Workspace

If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to design a specialist workspace, whether it’s a home office, studio, or workshop, there are some things you’ll want to take into account before you get started. You’ll want to ensure that your work or business can thrive in this environment, so you’ll need to approach it in the right way.

In this blog post, we’ll run through the five key considerations that will help you create the perfect space for your needs.

1. What Type of Work Will You be Doing?

This is the first and most important question you need to answer. The type of work you’ll be doing will dictate the kind of specialist space you need. For example, if you’re going to be doing a lot of experiments, you’ll need a lab design with someone like LOC Scientific and plenty of room for your equipment and materials.

On the other hand, if you’re setting up a home office, you won’t need as much space and ventilation might not be as big of a concern.

2. Who Else Will be Using the Workspace?

This is especially important if you’re designing a shared workspace. Will it just be for you or will other people be using it too? If other people will be using it, make sure to take their needs into account when designing the space.

For example, if you’re sharing an office with someone else, you’ll need to have enough desk space for both of you and make sure there’s enough storage for both of your belongings.

multiple workspaces
Do you need multiple workspaces? Plan for that as well.

3. How Much Natural Light Does the Workspace Get?

Natural light is important for two reasons. First, it can help improve your mood and make it easier to focus on your work. Second, it can save you money on energy bills by reducing your dependence on artificial lighting.

If possible, try to design your workspace in a room that gets plenty of natural light during the day.

4. What Kind of Furniture and Equipment Do You Need?

Again, this will depend on the type of work you’ll be doing. If you’re setting up a home office, you’ll probably just need a desk and chair along with some basic office supplies like a printer and computer.

However, if you’re setting up a workshop or studio, you might need more specialized furniture and equipment like shelves and cabinets for storing materials or tools or a sink for washing paintbrushes.

specialist workspace office furniture
Choose what type of furniture you will need for your specialist workspace.

5. What Kind of Budget Do You Have?

Designing a specialist workspace can be expensive depending on the size and scope of the project. Make sure to set aside enough money to cover all the costs associated with furnishing and outfitting your new space. However, consider buying used furniture and equipment too.

In addition, if you’re planning on making any changes to the room itself like adding extra outlets or painting walls, factor those costs into your budget as well.

Your Turn

There’s a lot to think about before designing a specialist workspace but by taking these five considerations into account, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect space for your needs. With careful planning and execution, your new workspace will soon become your favorite place to work!

What do you have in your specialist workspace? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!

2 thoughts on “What to Think About Before Designing a Specialist Workspace”

  1. The light note is important Lisa. Natural light helps lift the mood of your working space. I cherish house sits with ample natural light. Now in Virginia we are on the top of a hill in a McMansion with gigantic windows. Wherever I work I get natural light well until 5 PM with the recent daylight savings.

    Ryan

    1. Yes, I love the natural light as well. A little story: A few weeks ago I was using an LED when I work early am. I could not see and had to go to ER, apparently, I fried my eye on the light! It didn’t last long, thank goodness, and a few days of less computer usage helped me as well. I wear thick glasses without contacts and the light hit the glasses just right to fry my eye. So I definitely see the value of natural lighting these days! Thanks for coming by on this one Ryan.

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