Top Tips For Creating The Perfect Home Office
I love working from my home office and once you get your home office set up you will too! Telecommuting is on the rise every year and creating your dream home office is essential! Planning the perfect home office is such good fun and if you need any tips to get you started, you’re going to be like a kid in a sweet shop now that you’ve found my blog!
You may actually be surprised how much there is to consider that you may not have thought of already. In this article, I’ll talk you through how to make the best use of your space, how to benefit from lighting and what you need to make yourself comfortable.
Finding a room or a space in your home that is suitable for working is often the first challenge you encounter. Unless you have a spare back bedroom or renovated attic, finding a quiet corner can be a dilemma. You may think you only need sufficient space to do your job, but your work station should also be positioned where you won’t be easily distracted. Think of your productivity.
Setting up your desk looking out of the window, for example, can be a distraction. Trying to work from the kitchen table is also rife with distractions, especially if you have a family – or cookies in the jar.
I choose to set my desk on the opposing wall of the window. This way, when I take breaks, I can easily turn around with my coffee in hand and take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the scenery. Below, you can see an example and get some inspiration too!
Studies have found that productivity increases when workers are exposed to ambient sounds, but when you need to brainstorm, still, quiet areas are better for focusing your concentration. For those of you that don’t have enough room to put a ‘thinking chair’ in your office, put a chair in another room where you know you will be able to find peace and quiet.
I always listen to a channel on Sirius XM radio called Spa for inspiration and relaxation. That particular music relaxes my mind and allows me to focus while others might find it annoying or disturbing. Find the sweet spot for you and stick with it.
If you need space to store books, files, and folders, you can either use overhead and a tall standing bookshelf. Corner furniture also makes sure you use every inch of space that is available to you. In the photo above, you can see the beautifully designed floating wall shelves they are using for their storage solutions. Love it!
In the photo below, you can see another example of how they optimized an entire wall with stunning shelving and they don’t have to cost a fortune either. Even in a small space, you can create the perfect home office!
Experts say that natural sunlight enhances cognitive function and improves your mood. Rooms that have large windows and let in plenty of light are ideal for home offices. Alternatively, position your desk in the avenue of light coming in through the window. Sitting towards a window is not a good idea because too much light will cause your eyes to strain.
Making sure you have the perfect lighting solutions for your home office is essential. I prefer having direct and ambient lighting – I use floodlights as well as lamps and an overhead light too. It might seem like much, but, during the course of the day, my lighting needs change so I ensured I have every type of lighting I need for my home office. It’s worth putting a lot of thought into.
Similarly, poorly lit rooms with insufficient lighting are equally bad for your eyes. Position a reading lamp near your desk for when you’re working late at night and use wall lights or a dimmer switch to apply some ambiance.
I was able to solve one of my lighting issues with a desk lamp that sits on my monitor. It’s the best solution for lighting issues too because even though we have our monitors to light up our desk area, they do a poor job at directing the light correctly.
Working from your home office can mean working long hours, and our bodies are not designed for sitting down. As a matter of fact, most office chairs are unsuitable for sitting in for long hours and the musculoskeletal structure suffers for it.
Investing in ergonomic furniture is money that is well invested. You can buy ergonomic office chairs that provide back support, high-backed chairs that are good for neck and shoulders and adjustable features for your arms and legs. Before you spend money on office furniture, shop around and get advice from professionals like Office Principles (www.officeprinciples.com) to make sure you buy a chair and other ergonomic accessories that best suit your needs.
The value of creating the perfect home office is being able to maintain productivity levels without putting your mental and physical health at risk. Your very little sanctuary also has to be somewhere you enjoy spending your time. So give the decor plenty of thought too!
Don’t forget to read How To Design a Stunning Study Or Home Office too!
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