Having a home office can provide an opportunity for real comfort and convenience. It gives you freedom to create the space you need for effective working. A space that is too casual or unorganized however can limit your peak productivity. It is sometimes difficult to strike the perfect balance between the rigors of work and the relaxation and familiarity of home in a home office.
The first step in designing your office space will involve furniture and orientation. What pieces are needed in your space for every day functionality? If there’s a lot of computer and tech work, provide a work space that will fit all things electronic without looking overloaded. Look for a desk or table that hides cords well, provides more hidden areas for a printer, etc. If you’re using the work space for a more creative space or outlet that is producing goods find a table or desk with ample storage and organization to keep your supplies tidy, neat and easy to inventory.
Comfortable Seating – Work productivity is largely affected by our body posture and health. Provide an office chair for yourself that is ergonomically designed to promote your health and well-being while using it. If you must sit to work for long periods of time consider a desk that converts to a standing height or add an ergonomic foot rest to help with your posture. Anything that will alleviate stress on the body will increase your productivity.
Excellent Lighting – Good lighting is essential! Ideally you want as much natural sunlight in your space as possible. If there isn’t a good source of natural light in your space consider purchasing a daylight-replicating light source that will provide full-spectrum lighting. Lighting levels that are too low can have negative psychological effects including depression.
Keeping Things Neat – Invest in good storage and organization. A work space where everything has it’s place not only looks amazing but reduces stress levels. Choose storage units that appeal to your taste in design. Not everything needs to be tucked away in cold sterile filing cabinets. Consider floating shelves with storage baskets, a nice chest of drawers with dividers and bins for various items, or book shelves with storage bins mixed with plants and other appealing décor.
Find Your Style – Last but not least, make the space a place you enjoy being. Have fun with the color to create a mood in the room. If space allows make an area that provides some relaxation during work breaks with a cozy chair and side table. Greenery and house plants in your space will not only bring life to the area but help purify the air.
Spending the time and money on the design and functionality of your home office will give you a space you enjoy being in. You’ll even see an increase in your productivity when your space comes together. Come see our professionals to get started on a fresh new office for your everyday work life at home.