It’s no surprise that over the last few weeks, we’ve had a number of requests for help with setting up a home office. Here’s our 6 ingredient recipe for getting it right when creating your home office.
Your desk is possibly the most important piece of furniture in your office. It’s where the grind really happens – so it should really meet all of your functional needs.
Many desks come equipped with storage underneath. The built-in storage makes it easy to keep everything you need close-by without cluttering your workspace. This is especially helpful if your office is tight on space.
If you’re looking for somewhere to sit with a laptop and don’t need to keep files, papers or tools handy then a simple writing desk is a great option that is both stylish and functional. These simpler, more streamlined desks are also less intrusive if your office is an extension of another room like your bedroom.
If health is a top priority for you, consider a desk that caters to those needs. A standing desk can be a great way to avoid a lot of the postural issues associated with sitting all day long. For maximum health benefits, alternate between standing and sitting throughout the day.
If you want to take your health a step farther – literally – consider a treadmill desk. You can easily get in your 10,000 steps if you walk while you work. In addition to the benefits of exercise in general, treadmill desks can improve creativity, memory and productivity.
We know it’s not news to you that you should be aiming for an ergonomic office chair – especially if you intend to use your office frequently. What you might not know is that your chair no longer has to look like an office chair.
There are plenty of options for chairs that offer both support and style. Your options are even wider if you don’t plan to use your home office frequently enough to be concerned about what the chair may do to your posture.
Lighting is one of the most important features of a home office. Not surprisingly, the best lighting is natural lighting. If you can, make sure your office is in a room with lots of natural light. It is easiest on your eyes.
We realize natural light may not be an easily available option for you. You may work during darker hours of the day, or live in a place that doesn’t offer natural light. If this is the case, you have to be extra cautious when choosing your light sources.
One of the most important factors for artificial light is placement. Avoid putting light directly above or in front of your screens. Putting light in the direct path of your screen will cause glare – and for you, that means eye strain.
Next, consider the fixtures. What fixtures do you need for good lighting that won’t cause glare? A task light is a good start. Like ergonomic chairs, there’s a lot of great options that aren’t stark and ugly. Task lights are your best option, because you can get optimal lighting right where you need it. Place them opposite your dominant hand to avoid shadows.If your room is set up with overhead lighting, you will need a fixture that diffuses the light all around the space. Diffusing the light will help decrease distracting shadows and ensure you don’t have one harshly lit spot in the room.
Plenty of Storage
For starters, make sure you have a filing cabinet even if its just one drawer in your desk. Even in an increasingly digital world, you are guaranteed to end up with hard copies of important documents. They should be properly filed away to reduce clutter while being easy to locate.
Luckily, many tools have been made digital. Most people can get away with a single storage unit. Think about everything you need, from notebooks and pens to printers and monitors, and consider where it will all go. Depending on your work, you may have additional storage needs for special equipment.
A Sprinkling of Decor
A great office needs to inspire you – whether you need ideas for creative endeavors or practical ones. Colour is a great start, but you’ll want a display of some kind to off-set bare walls. Finish off your office with art, gallery walls, or bookcases. These can be easy and inexpensive to switch out if you get bored, so you’ll always be able to stay inspired.
Written by Chloe Woods.
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