Working from home is becoming more of a reality these days, and we are seeing how this arrangement can offer better work-life balance, reduce commuting costs, and eliminate the mental drain of being trapped in daily traffic. If you are considering how to design your own home office space, here are some quick tips to create an environment you’ll feel motivated and inspired to work in. Read on to see how The Remodeling Company can help you achieve the ultimate home office with a few easy steps.
- Inspirational Pictures: Browse through Houzz, Pinterest, or any number of design sources and you will find home office spaces displayed in various ways. Be sure to keep your comfort and work efficiency in mind. What works for a creative venture may not be the same for a financial advisor. Practical can still be stylish, functional and comfortable.
- Follow Ergonomic Rules: The top of your screen should be at eye level or a little below. Position your keyboard so your forearms are parallel to the floor. Adjust your chair so your feet rest firmly on something – the floor, or a footrest. It’s worth it to splurge on a chair that will make you comfortable putting in the hours. You should love the chair you’re sitting in, otherwise you’ll never sit at your desk.
- Keep it Separate & Tidy: Your work area is most efficient when it’s for work only. It doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy – it just needs to be a specific, organized space. What’s important is that your brain associates that space with work and productivity, and nothing else.
- Let in the Natural Light: A home office should allow for as much natural light as possible. The ideal set-up is close to a window, giving you the happiness benefits of natural light with the added bonus of gazing out the window for mental breaks and focus. The brain needs natural light to function at its optimal best.
- Don’t Forget Task Lighting: Even with natural light, you still need additional lighting for darker hours of the day. Lamps provide direct light and add warmth to your work space. Recessed lighting, spot lights, and under cabinet lights provide additional workspace illumination.
- Creative Storage Solutions: Clunky filing cabinets aren’t terribly attractive, but if you’re someone who needs to see something to remember it exists, try wall storage like magazine racks. If you’re in a room with a closet, install a shelving system. Bookshelves also offer function and organization, while also looking great as a backdrop to video conferences.
- Plants & Personalizing: Studies have shown that indoor plants boost mood and productivity, reduce stress, clean the air and add brightness and life to a home office. Special photos, travel mementos and decorative artwork all bring personality and purpose to your place of work.
If you are ready to turn that spare room or unused corner into your own dedicated home office, contact us and we’ll help you make it happen!