It’s no secret that a well-designed work space can make you more productive and help improve your quality of life. Work from home in style. Here are some home office design tips you can try today.
Pick the best location
Dedicate a room or corner to working from home. This should ideally be a properly-lit, well-ventilated room to keep you comfortable and relaxed while you work.
We all know what poor lighting can do to your eyesight especially if you’re staring at your computer screen all day. So make sure that the space you choose has sufficient lighting. If this part of the home doesn’t get enough natural light, make up for it with lamps and other artificial sources of light.
Ideally, your home office should have a window that gives you something more interesting to look at other than your computer screen. This can help minimize eyestrain and prevent your long distance vision from deteriorating as you work long hours in front of a computer. Natural light coming from a window can also help keep your mood up.
If you’re setting up a home office in a windowless room, a good alternative would be to hang a painting or some framed photos that you find pleasurable to look at.
Another alternative would be to position your chair and desk towards the door so you can swing it open from time to time.
Invest in tech
If you’re working from home, having reliable wifi is a must. It would also be necessary to make sure that all your gadgets are working properly. No amount of décor can make up for flawed technology, so don’t scrimp on your tools.
Schedule regular maintenance checks for computers and printers, and get everything repaired while getting your home office ready. Make sure you know who to call if you ever need to troubleshoot. Keep spare parts and accessories just in case your keyboard acts up or your mouse stops working.
In terms of layout, you can make your life easier by keeping home office equipment close to outlets. Make sure you have quick access if you need to plug or unplug a device.
Invest in good furniture
Buy an ergonomic chair and wrist supporter to help you maintain proper posture while working in front of the computer. This will also help prevent chronic pain and injury associated with long periods sitting or typing.
Standing desks have also grown in popularity over the last few years and are worth trying – according to Harvard Health, using standing desks instead of regular work desks can help reduce your risk of developing back and shoulder pain. They also note that blood sugar levels go back down to normal faster for people who spend more time standing than sitting after meals.
Whatever you buy, make sure it’s sturdy. These are pieces of furniture that will get a lot of use, so it’s worth investing in something that will last a long time.
Don’t sacrifice form for function
Functionality is important but that doesn’t mean you should ignore style and décor altogether. This is your personal work space and you can make it as beautiful as you want using your own tastes and preferences as a guide.
So feel free to place some succulents on your desk, drape your favorite blanket over your work chair, and hang family photos and travel souvenirs on the walls. Paint the walls your favorite color and have fun decorating.
This is probably one of the biggest perks of having a home office – it lets you design a workspace that truly reflects your quirks and personality.
You’ll be spending many hours working in this room – make it as pleasant as possible to maintain your productivity and your sanity.
Keep it clean and tidy
You don’t have to do too much to keep your home office clean. A quick sweep with a small brush and dustpan can help you keep your keyboard and desk surface dust-free. A mini office desk bin can also hold used paper, food wrappers, and other kinds of trash temporarily.
You can hide unsightly cords by keeping them in a cord cover or cord winders. You can also keep them tangle-free by feeding the cords into a desk grommet, which is a hole in your desk and guides cords downwards.
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