Working from home can be a wonderful thing. It gives you more time with family and there’s no need to deal with the stress a long commute brings. It’s also an opportunity to excel at self-discipline and show your employer (or yourself) your true potential.
However, the best feature about working from home is that your office can be designed exactly how you like–no settling for a burlap cubicle. You can create an environment that makes you happy by using soothing colors, comfortable furniture, and surround yourself with important objects like family photos and memorabilia.
Check out our tips to creating the best work space for you; one that will truly reflect who you are!
To design the best and most productive work space, make sure you prioritize function over all else.
A comfortable desk chair should be at the top of your priority list, as you’ll most likely spend the most time here and it has an impact on your energy and health. You’ll also want a desk size appropriate for what you do all day, so keep this in mind!
If you’re uncomfortable in a chair or feel cramped at a desk, you won’t want to sit there and it will make it more difficult to concentrate.
Seek out a chair with lumbar support and that has adjustable seat height, arm height, and tilt. It also helps to have a chair that allows you to firmly place your feet on the ground, or you can use a footrest.
Although your home office is in your home, don’t let it become an extra closet or playroom. Keep unnecessary items out and store necessary items appropriately.
Maintain the space for organization and clean out your files regularly. If you don’t have a lot of square footage in your office, utilize the walls for vertical storage. This storage will go a long way, especially if your job requires dealing with a lot of paper. Consider purchasing a piece of furniture with shelves, install floating shelves, or even a magazine rack. Boxes can also be used to store paper you need within reach.
If you invest in a bookcase, keep its size in mind and try to avoid overcrowding and clutter. You want to avoid losing track of anything important.
Between a computer, printer, phone, and lamp, wires could run wild.
Control all your tech’s accompanying cords by placing the items close to outlets and running a power strip behind your desk. Exposed cords can even be hidden with a fabric cord cover.
You’ll also benefit from managing the cables because it will be easier to make updates to your office in the future and it won’t take away from productivity. Just be sure to identify all cords with a labeled ribbon and avoid tangles. You may also want to purchase extended cables so you’re not restricted at all if you want to re-arrange the room.
If your home office was previously used as a bedroom, take advantage of any closet space to store your printer and anything else you don’t want to look at. You’ll be able to hide any unsightly wires, too!
When deciding where to put your desk, think about the lighting.
Try to avoid positioning the desk against a wall, because that could take away a lot of natural light that could make your work space a whole lot better. It also gives you a reason to look away from the screen once in a while, which can have some great effects on your eyes and mental clarity.
But it’s not all about natural light–artificial light is equally important. Overhead lighting is not always bright enough, but you can work around this. Desk lamps or stand up lamps are a great way to make up for when the sun begins to set. Plus, the lighting designs you can choose from are endless. The goal is to create balanced lighting and to minimize eye strain!
Working from home means you can’t go to the supplies closet when you need more ink for the printer; however, you can plan ahead.
Overstock on all the office supplies you need. Buy paper, pens, and anything else required for your job. Having everything you need at home will prevent you from having to run to the store in the middle of your work day.
Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. When she’s not reading up on the latest home decorating trends, Kendra is busy designing her future home, library included.