It has been almost a year since our way of life changed completely. Following public health measures, many of us either choose or are forced to work from home.
This new way of working has positive elements, such as reduced time on the road, more time to sleep in the morning, comfort, etc. But there are also many negative effects. For many people it is difficult to concentrate in their home, as there are many distractions. Also, many of us may not have a separate room to have our desk and be able to isolate from the rest of the house. This leads to working at the living room or kitchen table, which is often uncomfortable and prevents concentration.
We all deserve a comfortable and productive workplace, that creates a sense of isolation and at the same time incorporates our personal style. In this article, you will find important hints on how to create the perfect Home office!
Find the perfect spot
If you have a separate room in your home, then perfect! You can transform this space into your own personal home office. But this is a possibility for only a part of working people. If you don't have an extra room, then find the perfect spot in your home.
If you need isolation to concentrate, it's worth thinking about which is the least busy room. If the house is empty most hours of the day, then you can comfortably place your office in the living room. But if the living room is busy during your working hours, then maybe the bedroom is the ideal solution.
To choose the perfect spot to place your office, it is important to know your needs. Think about how many sockets you will need, if you need a small or large desktop, if you need storage space, etc. These criteria will help you know the required space, to place your desk in the right spot.
It is a fact that one of the difficulties faced by people working from home, especially those who don’t have a separate room - office, is the distraction and the difficulty to separate the professional from the private life.
Having office documents and computers on display in the living room and bedroom creates a permanent reminder of work. One solution that could prove to be a lifesaver is to install your office in a closet.
At the end of your working hours, you can just close the doors and relax. If you have a closet in your apartment that you don’t use, you can alter it and create a mini ergonomic home office. You may need some sockets for your computer, printer, lamp, etc. Finally, the doors should ideally open 180 degrees or slide into each other so as not to obstruct your movements.
Light up your space properly
This is not the first time I have mentioned the importance of lighting and it certainly will not be the last. Lighting can completely transform a space. In the case of a home-office it is extremely important, as it can reduce stress and boost productivity and concentration.
In addition to the ceiling lamp, it is worth investing in a desk or floor lamp that emits a warm light.
A desk lamp with a "soft" glow is also one of the best ways to light your face during video conferencing.
If at some point you want to remove the office from your home, a lamp is never a waste. Choose something that suits your aesthetics and the rest of your home decor.
Besides lamps, an additional option that will enhance your lighting would be to place your home office near a window and integrate natural light into your space.
In any case, make sure your desktop is properly lit and keep your eyes well-rested.
Keep your space organized
One of the most important criteria you should have in mind when creating your home office is whether your space helps you to concentrate. If your environment is organized and calm, your productivity will increase.
To keep your desktop clean, be sure to create storage space for any files and office supplies. You can place a floor shelf under your desk or to save space, place shelves on the wall in front of you. An alternative is to place a perforated board on the wall. The IKEA SKADIS series, which comes in various board sizes, and compatible accessories for many different needs, is a very good choice.
Also, let’s not forget to organize our office often and throw away what we don’t need. Remember that a well-organized workplace keeps your thoughts and mind organized as well.
Choose the right furniture
Just as when choosing a spot for your office, so as in the choice of furniture it’s important to consider your needs. You don’t need to spend a fortune on your office furniture. Make sure you measure the dimensions of your available space correctly and choose something with the necessary storage. Your office can represent your personal style and also match with the colors and style of the rest of the house. When choosing a desk, keep in mind that your computer screen should align with your eyes. Of course, there is the possibility of buying a base for your monitor or laptop that immediately solves this problem.
To maintain the recommended minimum distance from the screen, you should pay attention to the depth of the desk. A depth of about 60-70 cm is usually enough for laptops.
Of course, the chair you choose is just as important, as you will probably spend a lot of time sitting on it. Make sure to find a practical and comfortable chair.
There should also be enough space under the desk for your feet - at least 70 cm.
By searching for office furniture in the online market, you can find many smart and interesting options that will help you keep the correct and healthy posture.
Strange shapes of seats, chairs, and desks that have adjustable heights, as well as large plastic balls could prevent back pain, relieve muscles, and contribute to proper blood circulation.
Decorate with your own style
A positive attribute of working from home is that you can decorate your workplace as you wish.
As I mentioned above, it is a plus for your office furniture to match with the decoration of the rest of your house. This doesn’t mean that you can’t let your imagination and style dominate when designing your own personal corner.
As Ι have mentioned before in the article Μake your rented house feel like home: 10 hints, an easy, fast, and effective solution to transform and give color to your space is by introducing indoor plants. Plants will create a sense of peace and relaxation.
If you have shelves in front of your desk, decorate them with minimal pieces, such as candles, a clock, a souvenir that helps you escape, etc. If you don’t have shelves, you can place a work of art that inspires you or make a mini gallery wall. Find hints in the article, How to choose the perfect work of art for your home. In any case, make sure that your space remains functional and that your decoration choices don’t distract you.
Finally, make your home office cozy by placing a small and warm, decorative rug under your desk.
The more you like and are inspired by your workplace, the easier it will be for you to sit in it and be productive.
Keep your Background in mind
Finally, in addition to all of the above, it is very important to keep in mind the background of your office, especially if you have frequent video conferencing.
Over-decorated walls may not look good during video calls. So try to keep your background simple and straightforward.
Do you work from home at the moment? If so, what is your hint for the perfect Home office?