Research shows that more and more of us are working from home, as flexible working becomes the norm.

However, occasionally working at the kitchen table or on the sofa is one thing, but doing it long term can lead to posture problems. You may also find it hard to concentrate due to the distractions created by family life.

So, if you regularly work from home, it makes sense to think about creating a home office that’s fit for purpose.

In addition to choosing the most appropriate location (Do you need peace and quiet, or is it important to juggle work with childcare?), you’ll also need to consider your tech requirements. (While the outside shed may seem appealing, it may mean having to install electricity, which could require planning permission).

Then there’s the question of furniture. Investing in the most ergonomic desk and office chair will save you a lot of backache, so don’t skimp on these. The right lighting is also important to avoid eyestrain, especially in the winter months.
Clever, well-planned storage is also essential to reduce clutter, streamline work and maintain confidentiality. Purpose-built shelving may be your best bet, especially if space is an issue.
Talk to your builder about a customised solution – it could save you a lot of time and hassle.