Tips for Designing the Perfect Home Office
In February 2022, 84% of workers who had to work from home because of the coronavirus pandemic said that they planned to continue working in a hybrid-remote format moving forward. Whilst working from home has been beneficial for a number of reasons, it has also meant that a lot of us have had to quickly fashion practical workspaces in our homes. Whether you spend the full work week there or even just a few hours, it’s essential that your home office is simultaneously a comfortable and functional space.
Location is key
Home offices come in all shapes and sizes: it could be a spare room, a quiet corner, or even on your kitchen table. The key to selecting the right space for your home office is to consider where and when you do your work. If you’re a parent, for example, a kitchen desk could be the ideal way for you to multitask. However, if you’re a young professional, you might want a space that’s away from the daily flow and distractions of your household.
Choosing a desk and chair
Desk and chairs are the two most important pieces of furniture for a home office. You should choose a desk that is wide enough for your computer and any other equipment, such as additional screens, an in-tray or space to take notes. Ideally, the desk should be 48” (120cm) wide minimum. However, if all you really need is a laptop, you can definitely get away with something smaller.
Investing in a good-quality chair that is comfortable and adjustable iis also key. Your neck and back will thank you later.
Natural light and views
Good lighting is critical for any home office space. Choose a location that offers some natural light and a view, if possible. Position your desk to face the windows, or in a space where your computer screen will not be affected.
Translucent window shades or blinds can help reduce screen glare without darkening your room. You can enhance natural light by including a mirror and keeping most of your walls a light colour.
If you don’t have a view, position your desk to face the door, or even place a pleasing piece of artwork or inspirational pinboard on the wall. Both options will not only give your eyes a break from the screen, but also provide you with a stimulating view when you look up from your work.
Tame Your Technology
Nothing makes a home office look more cluttered than a bunch of tangled wires hanging from your desk and running across the floor. There are some simple yet effective ways to perform cable management:
● Investing in wireless technology - such as WiFi routers, printers and mouses - will reduce your wires significantly.
● Attach any visible wires to the underside of your desk or along a desk leg.
● Use a cord organiser to neatly group wires together.
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