The work from home movement has grown in a big way over the past few years, and with it has grown the demand for creating beautiful and functional home office spaces. Whether your home office is the command center for your business, a place for occasional telecommuting, or just a space for you to keep your day-to-day life organized, it should be something that inspires creativity and productivity. From incorporating multi-use furniture to having a designated room in the home, a good office space encourages work-life balance. It’s also important that it supports your overall wellbeing and should include some ergonomic furniture as well as personal touches.
In a recent study, Workopolis reported that 90% of people believe working from home has actually increased their productivity. While there is no one size fits all office design, we’re sharing our top 5 tips on rockin’ the home office – no matter where in your space it is.
1. Set Yourself Up For Success
A well-curated home office should allow you to manage everything related to your business from the comfort of your home. This is made easier with a few key tools.
Cut down on clutter with a designated catch-all area. This can be one tray or bin to catch miscellaneous items like keys, sunglasses, and extra pens, or it can be broken into a series of small organizational tools. For example, Inc, suggests having a designated space for pending items and a separate area to file away other documents for quick, out of sight access.
Give Yourself a View
We can all use an eye break from time to time, so what better way than looking out the window. If your space allows for it, give yourself a view, facing yourself towards a window will also provide another great natural light source.
The multitude of cords required to keep your office space running seems to be inevitable; however, tangled wires are unsightly and inconvenient. Investing in a powerstrip, cable ties, or under the desk-mounted cord baskets will help manage the mess and keep you organized.
2. Make Sure You’re Set Up For Video Conferencing
Lighting is Key
Amy Bell, an interior decorator at Red Chair Home Interiors, notes that “Many people don’t pay enough attention to their lighting.” Making sure you have ample lighting and multiple lighting sources in your home office is crucial to preventing strain on your eyes and avoiding the dreaded dimly lit zoom conferences. This can be achieved by increasing overhead lighting or investing in a poseable ring light.
Background for Video Calls
In addition to being well lit at video conferences, it’s essential to make sure you have a presentable backdrop. This can be as simple as making sure your back is to a wall or adding shelving to the space that serves as both a decorative backdrop and a storage solution. Another great and more portable option is a hanging or foldable green screen.
Depending on whether or not your home office is in a shared space, you may also want to consider a curtain or divider.
3. Promote Work-Life Balance By Using Multi-function Furniture
Creating a space that truly fits your needs, helps you focus, and can be transformed when the work is done. The Hideaway Office has become increasingly popular thanks to multi-use furniture like the pull-out desk. A wall-mounted desk allows you to fold it down when it’s not in use, allowing you to maximize the space in a multipurpose room.
A more ergonomic choice in the same vein is the Mobile Standing Desk. This versatile piece of furniture is on wheels, offers multiple elevations to accommodate sitting or standing positions, and can easily be stored away when not in use.
4. Choose Ergonomic Furniture
Ergonomic office furniture is designed to support good posture and has been reported to help reduce pain, boost productivity, and improve overall wellness.
The standing desk has gained fame as the epitome of ergonomic office furniture, and for a good reason. Standing desks help to promote productivity and increase energy.
Rodney K. Lefler, DC at Spine Health, explains in a recent article the importance of an office chair that’s ergonomic. Lefler goes on to explain that to avoid developing or compounding back problems, it’s important to have an office chair that supports the lower back and promotes good posture.
The change from office space to home often means swapping out large monitors, keyboards, and a mouse for laptops. Lifted laptop stands raise your laptop’s screen closer to eye level, which is better for maintaining a healthy posture.
5. Add a Personal Touch
It’s crucial that your workspace prioritizes your needs and creates a space that is uniquely functional to your business. Forbes suggests adding your personal touch to your home office to help boost your productivity and really make the space feel like it’s yours.
This, of course, includes the obvious decorative touches and displaying diplomas and awards. It also includes unique touches to keep you motivated and inspired, like a vision board. Culture coach Luciana Paulise explains, “I would suggest you have your personal vision board, including all the aspects of your life that you want to prioritize next year”, when speaking to Forbes about home office design.
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