Creatives require a different type of office than the typical professional, with the average desktop computer and filing cabinet set-up unlikely to cut the mustard.
A more inspiring workplace is required to get those creative juices flowing, while flexibility is key to ensuring it can keep up with day-to-day demands as well as special projects.
Fix a large noticeboard on an easy-to-access wall so that you have a convenient place to pin up pictures, text and other physical media that can be used to stimulate new ideas.
Whether you’re an interior designer who needs somewhere they can easily view new colours and materials, a marketing expert who wants to take inspiration from the latest print ads, or someone who simply wants to pin up a to-do list, it is sure to come in handy.
Every creative has those books they always turn to for guidance or ideas, so it’s a good idea to conveniently and attractively store them – go for a case or floating shelves depending on your needs.
You of course need practical office furniture like a desk, but it’s also a good idea to invest in some statement pieces that will give your workspace some personality.
Eye-catching furniture in unusual designs and bright colours can be functional while also ensuring your room has the same edge of creativity you do.
Create a chill-out zone so that you have a comfortable space to sit, think and be innovative. If the layout permits it, section off a small area in the corner of a room –preferably by a window – and simply throw in a beanbag and some cushions.
You might also like to fix a whiteboard to the wall so that you have a place to scribble and doodle when inspiration strikes.
Magazine files and boxes a-plenty
Fill your shelving units with plenty of magazine files and boxes so that you can put all your supplies away tidily – a cluttered space causes a cluttered mind, after all.
Be organised and label them as you fill them to ensure nothing gets lost, and make sure to have a regular clear-out so that you always have plenty of room.
A flexible workstation
Make sure you have a flexible workstation as well as a regular desk for your computer to ensure maximum convenience.
Look out for those which can be adjusted to different angles and heights, and which can easily be moved around the room on castor wheels.
Specialised storage solutions
As a creative, you’re likely to have some more unusual storage requirements, so you need to be on the lookout for those solutions that will help make your working life easier.
Large shallow drawers might be good for those who work with blueprints or papers, while lots of small drawer systems will suit a fashion designer looking to store different buttons effectively.
Make the effort to find something which specifically accommodates your needs to ensure your materials stay in good condition and to increase convenience of use.
This article was posted on behalf of Viking UK, a specialist provider of office supplies including furniture, storage solutions and stationery.