How to create a great home office

News at Waterfords | 15/01/2022

For those look to buy or rent a home in Camberley, Chobham, Fleet or Yateley, home office space keeps bagging the top priority spot. Remote working looks like it’s here to stay for many, even after the pandemic.

With working from home now necessary for many jobs and industries, post-pandemic households are continuing to revaluate the space they need from their homes. 49% of home buyers feel their property is unsuitable for working from home and 28% have no dedicated workspace or office to work from home (Barratt/Lichfields). 35% of home buyers and sellers rated an office/space to work from home as 'very important' in the 2021 Property Academy Homemoving Trends survey. Housebuilders are trying to service this change in demand. However, planning policy dictating the mix (bedrooms) was based on pre-pandemic demand modelling.

That means that staging a home office in the right way for house hunters is more important than ever. At Waterfords Estate Agents, we’re here to help your home office stand out from the crowd. Here are our five tips on what makes a great home office.


1. Natural light

Natural light is always great when selling your home in Camberely, Fleet, Yateley and Chobham. But when it comes to an office, it’s worth more than the aesthetic value. That’s because home offices with lots of natural light are good for your health and productivity. Studies have found that natural light in working environments leads to better sleep, fewer headaches, and a boost in overall mood.

If you only have a small window in your home office, think of ways to maximise the light coming in. Add mirrors to the walls and consider opting for a white desk. These will reflect the light and make it appear brighter. Also, try to install light-coloured blinds that let lots of sun in.


2. A deep desk

It’s no surprise that people want a comfortable home office. If you’re a remote worker, you’ll likely be sitting at your desk for long periods. A small desk squeezed against the back wall may make the room look bigger, but it won’t give remote workers enough legroom.

Adequate legroom is one of the most desirable features for home offices right now. If you have the space, position your desk in the middle of the room. If space is limited, just pull the desk away from the wall slightly. It will make the area appear much more comfortable.


3. Plants

A golden rule for staging a home is having plants in every room. The office is no exception! But the rule for home offices isn’t just about aesthetics. Plants are scientifically proven to make people happier and healthier. They can filtrate chemicals from the air in your home to reduce headaches and drowsiness. Many studies have shown that just looking at greenery can make us feel calmer, happier and more productive.

Adding plants is one of the best ways to decorate your home office. If there isn’t enough light to keep a plant alive (or you’re a terrible plant parent!), opt for a plant that doesn’t need much maintenance or an artificial plant.


4. Storage

Think of all the things you need in a home office… chargers, lamps, coasters, laptop, keyboard, mouse, stationery, paper, notepad etc! These items can add up. If there’s one thing people don’t like in their home office, it’s clutter.

One of the best ways to decorate your home office is to add plenty of storage space. Floating shelves look appealing and are great for storage. Cabinets are excellent for messy paperwork and small baskets are fashionable for storing stationery.


5. Neutral wall colours

The atmosphere of a work environment – whether at home or in a corporate building – can have a huge impact on energy levels, creativity and the ability to focus. It’s important to pick colour schemes that are in line with your individual tastes. But if you’re looking to sell your home or stage a rental, neutral wall colours are highly popular for home offices.

Certain shades are highly recommended, and they can help reduce stress. For the best results, opt for pale greens, cloudy blues, light greys and off-whites.


Want more tips about buying for selling a property?

Waterfords Estate Agents are your local property experts in the Fleet, Camberley, Yateley and Chobham areas. We can help prepare your home for sale or to rent the easy way and would be delighted to share our tips on what is currently attracting buyers and tenants to the area.

Get in touch for a chat on 01252 235348 or email

Source: Dataloft, 2021 Property Academy Home Moving Trends Survey, Barratt Homes/Lichfields