How to make a success of home-working

It may be something you’ve been longing to do, or circumstances may have made it necessary. However, working from home is not for everyone, and can come as a bit of a shock to the system, particularly if you have been used to going to a busy office every day, surrounded by all your colleagues. So, how do you make a success of it? Here are three things to help you stay focused and productive.

Create a workspace

When you’re preparing to work from home, one of the first things you need to focus on is creating a space to carry out your job. If you think you can lay in your bed with your laptop, or stretch out on the couch, we’ve got news for you – it won’t work. Well, maybe for five minutes. What you need to do instead is earmark a corner of your house, or preferably a whole room to create an office. Ideally, it needs to be equipped with a desk, chair and computer equipment, along with space to file your documents and any books. It needs to be an area of your home that, once you enter, you know that you’re there to work and not to be distracted!

If you don’t have any room in your house to create a workspace, then look outside. Do you have a garage which you can convert? Or could you create a small outhouse or extension? Some people find it helps to have a separate area outside the main building, so they feel they are going to ‘the office’ and truly breaking away from home life.

If you’re converting any outside areas, like the garage, make sure it’s in a fit state to work in, which include ensuring it’s warm, has power, is clean and safe. You’ll want to check there are no infestations of any sort too. If you need help with this, call on Go-Forth Pest Control of Charlotte.

Create a schedule

Another important thing you need to do to make a success of home-working is to have a schedule in place for your week ahead. Don’t try and just work now and then, around other things, as this will not be very productive in the long run. If you have to keep dropping things and then pick them back up, it can make straightforward tasks longer and more complicated. If you can, set yourself some work hours. It may be 0930 to 1530 for example, if you have children at school. When you have defined your working hours, stick with them and plan your time effectively.

Create house rules

If you have a family or you share your house with others, you need to make sure there are rules in place around your home-working. You need everyone to understand that you’re at home to do your job, not to be distracted. Try and ensure that all those in your home respect your hours of work and don’t disturb you. Any temptation may take you away from your desk and put you behind.

Fashionable Staircases

As a staircase is the first thing that a guest sees when they walk into your home, you’ll usually want it to look good and stylish. There are a lot of different ways that your staircase can make a statement, whether it is made out of a unique material, like glass, or you get creative and re-decorate your existing stairs.

Spiral Staircases

There’s no doubt that spiral staircases give your home the ‘wow’ factor. You can get cast iron spiral staircases, metal staircases or even wooden staircases, to match the decor of your home. However, spiral staircases aren’t always ideal for a home with kids, as they aren’t the safest option. You’ll also need to consider the practicality aspect – if you’re going to be regularly moving furniture upstairs, it may be awkward (picture the Friends scene – pivot!)

However, if your children are older and you’re looking to make a statement with your decor, a spiral staircase does look stunning. They can also save space as the opening for them is narrower than a normal staircase.

Glass Staircases

If your home is quite modern, a glass staircase may be a good option for you. They can give the illusion that your stairs are floating, and they look sophisticated and classy. Glass staircases work well if you have a narrow hallway, as they reflect the light to give the illusion of space. You should pair your glass staircase with crisp white walls to make the area look bright and airy.

How to Re-Decorate Your Existing Staircase

  • Lighting is an important aspect of your staircase. If possible, avoid overhead lighting which can create shadows, and go for strips of LED lighting underneath the stairs.
  • Use paint and fabric on your risers for a touch of colour.
  • If you’re limited on space, try creating a storage space underneath the stairs.
  • If you have wooden stairs, refinishing the wood on the staircase could be an option, by sanding it down to show off the natural wood, or painting it with a new stain.
  • If you’re on a budget, just adding a patterned runner to your staircase can completely transform the space.
  • You could update the handrail or balustrade of your staircase easily, by purchasing from a reliable stair parts manufacturer.

Would you consider installing a spiral or glass staircase in your home? Or would you just revamp your existing stairs?

Why Glass Components are Ideal for Any Interior Design

Designing an interior can take many forms, styles and functions. There are many materials that are popular for use in an interior design scheme. Glass is a traditional material and yet it keeps reinventing itself.

Creating glass structures in a design is all well and good until, that is, you come to fixings. You want a minimalist, sleek glass design and yet, as soon as you fix it in position, it looks clunky, the ugly fittings detracting from the minimalist design.

There are now popular solutions, minimalist glass clamps and components that make glass the ideal solution in any interior design scheme.

And here’s why;

Neutral Colour

Glass clamps and components etc. should be as minimal and non-interfering with the final appeal of the scheme a possible but without compromising on strength or sturdiness.

That is why components for use with glass tend to be neutral in colour – they complement the glass, rather than detract from it.

There are various styles and finishes, including matt ‘silver’ finish or a high gloss finish to choose from, and there are also new-to-the-market fixings that are constantly pushing the boundaries of minimal fixings suitable for glass.

Coloured or Stained Glass

Glass used in interior design schemes takes many forms and many colours in some cases too.  Stained glass windows are a delight, beautifully placed in any interior design scheme.

Or there is opaque glass, frosted glass, clear glass, glass with a tint of green… the list goes on. They all have their place in an interior design scheme.

But again, fixing them in position can be a nightmare, especially with chunky fixings. However, there are advances in glass clamps for example, that hold glass in place by applying gentle, but firm pressure over an area.

This applies a firm fixing that doesn’t damage the glass, perfect for dealing with a material that can be both robust and fragile.

Used in Many Applications

Increasingly, glass is being used in applications across the home and workplace that have traditionally been fulfilled by other materials.

The dividing wall, for example, is normally ‘solid’, constructed using either brick or breeze blocks or, in more modern times, partition walls are normally made from lighter weight materials, such as a wooden frame and plaster board.

Sometimes, there is a need for a barrier but not one that blocks light and vision. Hence, glass partition walls are being used. But their beauty is not just in their visual appeal but also in the fact that they can be moved, if needed.

Glass partitions are a common sight in many offices and workspaces but they are becoming more common in domestic spaces too. Known as hyper-minimalism, glass partition walls are used to zone off bedroom and other living spaces, with decadent voile panels used to add privacy as and when needed.

Again, this latest innovation would only be made possible because of the minimal, but strong glass clamps and fixings, as well as minimal hinges for glass doors and so on.

Make a Statement

Essentially, glass is used to make a statement in many interior design schemes, whether that is a modern stained glass window or a glass infill for staircases and balustrades for balconies.

But it should be the glass that makes the statement, and not the glass clamps or fixings. For example, frameless glass balustrades are only frameless because of a combination of laws of physics – cantilevered panels – and the correct fixings to hidden components and structures.

Or Don’t Make a Statement

Glass doesn’t have to be the star of the show. It is this versatility in design and application that make glass such a popular choice of material, irrespective of the interior design style.

Glass can be functional without the swagger, so to speak. Glass infills in balustrades can float in the space they occupy, drawing attention to themselves or they can be fixed into position, using a series of clamps and fixings that look just as stylish as the glass.

And this is what the modern choice of glass components give the designer – choice. Fixings and fixtures can be used as part of the design, incorporated to give a seamless position or it can be ‘hidden’, almost unnoticeable as it supports the glass in its position.

Glass is a material that is popular and affordable. It adds a sense of decadence to any interior design scheme, whether in the home or in the office. There is nothing stopping you from using glass in any space, bar your imagination.

Balustrade Components provide all kinds of glass clamps, fittings and components that allow glass to be used in just about any application, in any interior design scheme.