Work from home has flipped your home design upside down...
If your office was shut down during the pandemic, like thousands out there your home office has probably been flipped outside down in the past few months. For some, you may be finding that working from home has been a better option and a time saver due to say transportation reasons, or maybe you're itching to head back. Whatever the reason, you want to make sure your home office is a place you can focus on your work and get stuff done!
There are several things to consider when putting together a home office, from the layout to the furniture to the storage solutions. It's best to review everything at once before jumping right into redesigning your home office and to help you get started, here are several tips for customizing your home to account for working from home!
Designate A Space To Your Office
The first thing you want to do is designate a space for your home office. This is going to vary per home because not everyone is going to have the same layout or amount of space. The best-case scenario is a spare bedroom or renovated basement or attic, which you can use solely as your home office. It gives you the opportunity to work away from the television, radio and other household members. The worst-case scenario is a corner of the living room or nook in the kitchen or under the staircase, and this isn't even a bad scenario for your home office. You may only need a small amount of space for your workstation, and you can use a curtain or Chinese screen to block off the area. Regardless of your space, be sure to set boundaries with your household members to avoid being disrupted as you work.
Choose Ergonomic Office Furniture
Once you select your space, you need to choose the furniture for your home office. Whether you're designating an entire room or smaller nook, it's important to choose ergonomic office furniture. After all, you're going to be spending hours in this space, so comfortable, supportive furniture is essential to a productive workday. For example, you may want to invest in an ergonomic office chair with lumbar support, a mesh back and height adjustment, as well asa stand-sit desk that can be adjusted with your chair. This way, you can avoid eye strain, headaches and backaches that keep you from focusing on your work.
Add A Storage Solution To Your Space
In addition to your office furniture, you also need to add storage solutions to your home office. The last thing you want is an office that's full of clutter, as this may distract you from your work. If your office is in a separate room, consider a bookcase or file cabinet for documents, electronics and books. However, an office in a nook or corner is going to need a smaller but effective storage solution. One idea is a desk with built-in shelving and drawers, or you can look into floating shelves to install above your desk. A portable cart is another great idea for storage because you can move it to another space as needed.
Create Ample Lighting For Your Needs
A good home office has the lighting you need for a productive workday. Start with a desk lamp, or floor lamp by your desk, to create enough light at your workstation.Even if your office is in a corner or nook, you still need a lamp to create ample lighting for your workspace. If you have a separate couch or chair for reading documents and virtual meetings, you're going to need a lamp for that area as well. Overhead lighting is another great way to brighten your home office, and a skylight over the area is a bonus. You should also draw back the curtains in or near your office to let in the natural light.
Designate A Place To Virtual Meetings
From phone calls to video calls, you may hold a lot of virtual meetings in your home office. You're going to need a quiet, comfortable place to hold your virtual meeting, starting with a couch or chair on the other side of your home office. A place to set up your mobile device or laptop is also ideal, so you don't have to hold your electronics throughout the entire meeting. If your home office is located in the living room corner or kitchen nook, look for another location to hold your meeting, such as in the bedroom with a backdrop. Another option is to display your meeting hours to let your household members know they need to be quiet and out of sight when in the same area. You could even try a whiteboard calendar for your wall to keep on top of all your meetings.
Invest In A Dry-Erase Board
You're going to find that a dry-erase board is a lifesaver in your home office.In fact, you may want to invest in two dry-erase boards, with the first board being used for your work-related reminders, appointments and projects. The second board should be displayed to your household members as a reminder ofyour work hours. You can also use the dry-erase board to announce when you're holding a virtual meeting or working towards a tight deadline.
Remember To Reduce Your Stress
Working from home can be just as stressful as working in the office, so you want to look for ways to reduce your stress even during the workday. After all, you don't want a stressful day to ruin your productivity. A succulent, miniature zen garden or fidget toy on your desk can help to relieve stress without causing a huge distraction. You can also set up a picture of your family as motivation for working hard. Even a tabletop indoor fountain or scented candle can help you relax when you're feeling stressed.
Working from home is a very rewarding plan because you don't have to worry about a long commute, buying lunch or a boss over your shoulder. It takes a lot of self-discipline and motivation, but a productive workspace can make it possible. This is why it's important to keep the above tips for customizing your home to account for working from home in mind.