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Interior Design: Home Office - The Architect's Guide

teacher avatar Zubair Hoque, 6th Year Architecture Student

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5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Know Your Space

    • 3. Lighting: Natural & Artificial

    • 4. The Right Desk

    • 5. Increase Productivity

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In today's class I'll be going through some interior design basics when it comes to creating the perfect home office setup for yourself. Given the world situation we have found ourselves in over the last few months, more of us are working and studying from home than ever so it's important to maximise how efficient we are when we're doing this.

Plus, having a nice aesthetic setup will help motivate you to actually get out of bed and start your day I find!

I'll be discussing 4 key aspects in this class: knowing the space you're working with, lighting considerations, choosing the right desk for you, and how to increase overall productivity.

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Zubair Hoque

6th Year Architecture Student


Hi, my name's Zubair and I'm a 6th Year Architecture student in the UK, currently studying for my Masters Degree.

Alongside my studies I've worked formally in the design & construction industry which is required to become a fully Chartered Architect as well as maintaining 2 YouTube channels (ZH Architecture & Travel + Zubair Hoque Cars) where I've picked up skills in video creating and editing.

I have also been a professional racing driver competing up to an international level and up to categories such as Formula 3.

On this channel I will be sharing with you a lot of the skills I've learnt as a result of doing all of these things.

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1. Introduction: Hi, ladies and gents, welcome to another skill share class. My name's Bert and I'm a six year architecture student. And in today's class, I'm gonna be sharing with you the interior design basics of when it comes to creating your own home office set up. Given the world situation we find ourselves in, that's been going on for the last few months. Well, then, forced to be more productive, do more work at home. Whether that's for your job or study, and having somewhere to work that's been specifically settled for that can massively increase our productivity. I found this to be the case for myself. I've carried out my home office set up of sorts during the government implemented lock down period on Know everybody has the luxury of completely allocating a spare room or separate room just for a home office. I would generally have to work with the space that we've already got or read purpose, a space that we've already thought. But there are some design tips that can help you do that in the right manner, and that's why I want to share with you of the next few lessons are going through four aspects, the first of which is knowing the space that you're working with. And what do I mean by that? I'm talking about gained out of the nest aggressively and working out literally the dimensions of what you're working with, whether it's quite small space or you've got a large space to play about with. Obviously, if it's obviously if it is a smaller space, you do you want to be precise. With this, there's nothing worse than ordering these furniture arrives on. It doesn't fit the space. The next aspect is lighting both artificial Andi natural. So we're going through what orientation is best, particularly if you do have separate spaces to choose from, which would be the most ideal in terms of lighting the suspect. Choosing the right desk this day in age, we've got massive choice to the most obvious choices being I care on Wayfair, both of which are more than affordable prices. But different types of deaths suit different types of workflow, depending on what your day to day tasks involved. Vinyl aspect is increasing productivity, so we're going through what things you should actually have on your desk going through various monitor setups, whether you need multiple displays on fuel, the small things that will actually increase the efficiency at which you work and just increase again your productivity day by day. Today, With that introduction out of the way, let's get straight into the lessons. 2. Know Your Space: So first we have knowing the space that you're working with. What I've done for myself is actually had quite big room. Toe work with, however, had a small space in the dorm. It that for a number of years, which just left, was just left unused on empty. It didn't really serve a purpose, and that could be the case for yourself, whether it's in a spare room downstairs or in your own bedroom. A lot of people think you need meters and meters of space to actually create a working environment. Once you've ever come up with a few potential candidates of spaces around your home, whether it's your bedroom, spare room, whatever. But pre planning beforehand can save you massive amounts of time further down the line involves getting a tape measure out, getting down there and taking some measurements. So work out only the width that you're playing with ball so heights as well, whether it's heights up to window sills because, you know, desk come in very shapes and sizes. Don't want it going over the top. You don't want it to low etcetera, so really, you don't want to be thinking in two D only thinking in three D when it comes to creating the the ideal set up and just quick tip When you are carrying out your measurements, it's not necessarily just working out space from wall to wall before a factor in the desk. Lex. If you are going for a traditional desk, you need to factor in the skirting boards either side. You know, they're usually a few centimetres in thickness on, especially if you're working within a small space, which is exactly the space that I was working with absolutely. 3. Lighting: Natural & Artificial: so up. Next we have lighting. Let's start with natural lighting. First of all, the orientation of your chosen space can actually have a big impact on how you work on how comfortable you are when you work, particularly if you've chosen a space right by the window. This is exactly why I've done here. Sure, you know, sunrise in the East sets in the West on when it comes to the best natural lighting like that comes in from the north is the best. The reason for that as you get good levels of natural daylight streaming in without having direct sunlight coming in and direct sunlight, whether it's in the first thing in the morning or or they shine in the evening when it comes directly in its you know it gets in your eyes, it's distracting. You'll get glare off your screen. It's a big thing, Teoh factor in And you know, if you got a few choices to pick when it comes to choosing your space, getting smartphone out on this compass on it and can actually work out what orientation? Your room isn't for myself. I don't have Northlight streaming in, however, in the mornings the sun is up on the other side, so I get natural daylight all through the morning on into thrown about late afternoon on was that the sun does start to stream in personally and more productive in the morning. If you're the other way around, you might want to sell the orientation the opposite way. I've done it. But if you don't have a choice in the matter, and Julie's restricted with sunlight coming directly and this day and age through many different types of blinds that you can buy that they don't completely block out the sunlight but diffused the light so it's a lot more comfortable to the eyes. Which is exactly why I do for myself later on in the afternoons from still working, I've got blind, which I just adjust in relation to some position at that time of the day. And the reason why natural light so important is for a number of reasons, really, when you're working for prolonged periods of time, having a space that's lit naturally is much better for your eyes. Compared to strong artificial lighting on disease. It's also better for the mood. Actually, in those days where your motivation levels? No, exactly at their highest. Just having a bright day and love natural light streaming in. It's just better for overall motivation to get you through whatever is you need to do in that particular day. I'm speaking from experience their price of the settled that I have right now. I did have a basement settle which didn't have any kind of natural light, was all artificial. And after several hours, and it does get mentally draining over when it does come to artificial lighting, you want something that's quite soft. You don't want very harsh lighting down in you, because, again, you need to consider that you could be sat here working for multiple hours for myself. I have a ceiling spot right above me for when I'm working. Later on into the night. However, it's not perfect. When the shorter winter months do commend, the table length with a directional shade would be quite useful, particularly fueled not just looking at the screen where you're looking down at, say, like a piece of paper. You're making notes, etcetera. Aan den, tickle the temperature. You know if you have the luxury of switching between warm and light tones than great, but if not overall, warmer lighting is better suited for most applications. Now that we're on Google this research, we can actually go about choosing perfect desk for the space, which is why I'm going to move on to next. 4. The Right Desk: now, obviously the most important aspect of all of this when it comes to choosing the right home office settle is the desk that you're actually gonna be doing all your work on. Now. This is going to very depending upon the type of work that you're going to be doing for myself. Why would primarily be doing at my desk is a lot of video editing on a Mac mini kind of like a desktop set up rather than a laptop set up. And I would also on my work laptop for my architectural designs, etcetera. So I need to be able to have multiple devices set up on my table top. However, what don't need is a set of drawers, for example, because I won't necessarily be having lots of physical your papers, folders. That sort of thing was many people. Do you know the most common drawer settle that you see are Alex draws from from I care. But as I mentioned throughout, I'm working with quite small space. So you know, if I would have draws either side, I wouldn't have very much space for me to kind of move move around. And that could also be the case for you. If you're also working with a small space, see, that's very important point to consider. What's more important for me is to have some under storage just below the main work surface . The reason being is that I can Titley store away things like my Mac, many my work laptop when it's not in use on just some stories for small A for drawing board , white boards, that sort of thing. But you also need to think about your wiring solution for myself. I don't actually have any sockets along that back war. My closest soccer is actually around here, so I need something that would kind of be quite discreet on DSO. I could conceal it as best as I can without it looking ugly, because that's another thing you want. A work set up there is aesthetically appealing to, you know wants like a messy, messy settle lows of wires visible, etcetera particularly, you know, if it is in your bedroom, if it's a room that's kind of on show, people are bound to be walking through it day by day, etcetera Crazy excelled. That's nice to the eyes becomes quite important. So I've chosen to get all my wiring over to their side. Hence why my McNamee's also on this side. So all my wiring is kind of fed away there, and there are some wise the visible, which is just It's just inevitable in certain. In certain cases, I mean haven't gone overboard with tryingto hide Everything known really comes into my room anyway for certain deaths. Allow and don't allow for you to carry that out, particularly if they're open back door closed, backed in terms of where sources desk. I mentioned it there. They're on two main places. I k is always a solid choice in terms of price versus quality. How if you do want something that's a bit different Generally designed quite nice. Uh, Wayfair is actually good option. It is a bit here and mess with in terms of quality and Bill called C etcetera. But I bought two deaths. From there on, I have been very impressed in terms of, you know, sturdiness and everything like that on both of them look very, very nice. The one that gone for in my room is more of an industrial look. It is hidden away, but I did a bit of an office set up for my mom. Her office set up is downstairs where people are in and out. Eso is a bit more important to have something more aesthetically appealing rather than something but to industrial bit in a bit to block. Like obviously, as you're doing this process, you stick to the promises of the measurements that you took that's coming all different shapes and sizes. Make sure you choose one that actually fits the space you're working with. And let's quickly talk about color palette as well as you can see here. I'm working with white walls, so having Jews is something that's a better contrast to that. Always looks better stops. Things from looking too washed out have gone with like a dark stain will not finish. If you did have call, it'll wallpapered walls. White surfaces would actually go quite well that this is all down to you and your own personal preference, and probably you know the rest of the furniture in your room on the design aesthetic that you've already got going on. If this is a home office set up, you do want to make it a little bit fun and quirky. You don't want it to look to clinical too boring on because it's in your own home. You know, you're the boss. You don't have a new restrictions on what you can and can't do in terms of design. So you take a bunch of actually having some good led strip lightings warlocks make this a space that you're proud off, and then once you have found both at desk, we can move on to the next aspect. 5. Increase Productivity: So why should you actually have on your desk when it comes to increasing your overall productivity? Now most people in this day and age, they do mainly work off laptops. It's much easier than logging and actual desktop on your shoulder everywhere you go. But in general, if you've got a laptop, that's kind of like 13 inches or 15 inches. The display you're working with isn't that big. And it's very difficult to have two things on side by side, you constantly switching between screens. And if and if you're doing that multiple times through the day, you're actually probably wasting valuable seconds, minutes, whatever through the course of the day. So I always do recommend having a jewel monitor. Settle generally connected fire HD my cable. And then, when it does come to monitors, do you have just the more monitored You have two monitors. Three. Stack them that will all depend on your own personal workflow for myself, because I'm working with a narrow width. I'm working with 1.4 meters here. It wouldn't make sense for me to have absolutely massive monitor like 26 27 inches because it would take up too much of my desk space. So I found that the sweet spot for me was 24 inches. Takes about 1/3 of the despot on an angle. And then the resolution also makes a difference. Generally, most monitors these days welcome useful. Hey, HD, they're generally the best priced. But if you are the type person that you know, you're doing multiple things that wants you about multiple screens up multiple spreadsheets , etcetera of would recommend at least going up two Quad HD, which is effectively two K resolution. It's one step below four Que onda, As the name says Yes, you've got four times the viewing space, as you would on a full HD monitor if you were just to get a really big full HD monitor. Were you doing is stretching the pixels out? You're not necessarily buying yourself more spacer, I would strongly recommend going. You don't need to go all the way to full OK, go to quote HD on. For most people, that should be good enough. The next thing to help productivity is actually a wireless phone stand on that they stand because having something that's kind of Albright war slightly tilted means you're not constantly reaching out for your phone to check messages, notifications, etcetera, having it right there in front of you. I'm being charged as well at the same time. If anything inborn comes up, it's there for you to see. Plus, also having slight till you've got face unlocking software on your smartphone. That angle is perfectly finds. Actually unlock without you having to reach out for it and straighten out more on for myself. I have control of the things from as well I control, like my music system at Sec Tre. You know, even though you think that having get right in front of you would be more of a distraction , it's actually less of a distraction, because if something comes up, it comes up as and when it does where whereas you have it, like lying about someone kind of inclined to just reach out for it and keep checking it unnecessarily. Sure, many people can relate to me on the map hidden away to actually keep a small A for white board general just for no making. When I'm working on a project, I actually do have another white board set up over there in terms of my daily task. If you've got walls either side street, it's just have your test list upon the wall there. It finally just helps keep me motivated. Teoh, take off each task as I go along through the week on you know size from those things. If most of your work is primarily X cream based, shouldn't really needs have anything else on your desk. Where you want to avoid is just having clutter way space, and it will just annoy you every time you see it in the morning and at night.