How to Design a Productive Home Office
Today, more and more people are working from home. For those that don’t work from home full time, they might only see the benefits of being able to work in your PJs or at your own pace (or both!). However, spending 50 or more hours a week working from a desk in close vicinity to your bed comes with a lot of challenges. In this blog we’ll discuess some tips and tricks to making your home office a productive space that you can enjoy. workspace.
Follow the Rules of Ergonomics
The top of your computer screen should be at eye level or a little below. As you scan down the screen, your eye lids will naturally close a bit and moisten, which reduces eye fatigue, says Varone. Position your keyboard so your forearms are parallel to the floor. And adjust your chair so your feet rest firmly on something–the floor, or a footrest if you’re short. Splurge on a chair that makes you want to put in the hours.
Embrace Natural Light, but Don’t Forget About Lamps
Move your desk close to the windows, but place it parallel to the panes. This ideal set-up gives you the happiness benefits of natural light, and a good reason to turn away from your computer every few minutes to take in the scene.
Even with great natural light, you’ll still need additional lighting for darker hours of the day. Most overhead house lighting is inadequate for work, but a lamp offers a nice soft glow and plenty interesting design possibilities.
Utilize Your Storage Space
Filing cabinets aren’t the most attractive pieces of furniture, but you do need a place to put papers you use frequently. The biggest issue with home offices is that you wind up having paper everywhere. If you’re the sort of person who needs to see something to remember it exists, try wall storage: magazine type racks, or children’s library-style display shelves.
If you need book cases, get nice ones–big enough that you don’t need to overstuff, and artful enough that they’ll look great as the backdrop in your video conferences. And if you’re using the guest bedroom? It probably has a closet. Trick out that closet with a shelving system, so you minimize the need for storage in the main office area.
Find or Create a Comfy Get-Away Space
Your desk is for active work, but you probably need a place to think or read, too. A great home office has a nice comfy chair for curling up–potentially with an ottoman for your feet–plus a table for your coffee and a great lamp. Add a luxurious throw and a colorful pillow and you’ll want to take thinking breaks.
Add Some Plants & Greenery
Plants make people happier. It’s like bringing what’s outside your window into your space. Plus, since most plants can go a day or two without watering, you won’t have to go into your office on weekends (as you might need to if tending to other living things, like fish).