9 Tips for Creating a Home Office You'll Love Working In
There’s a lot more that goes into designing a productive home office than just buying a desk and chair. Anyone who works from home will tell you that the mood of your home office can make or break your productivity.
If you work from home, make sure that your space is comfortable and functional by:
1. Embracing Natural Lighting
The best offices are those that are well-lit. Studies show that the more natural light in a room, the more awake, alert, and productive people are.
2. Making it Cozy
This is your office in your home, which means you don’t have to adhere to traditional office space design norms. A comfortable area rug or pictures of your family will make spending the day in your office easier and keep you from getting distracted by other things happening in the house.
3. Getting Easily Adjustable Window Treatments
If your back is to a window while you work, adjustable window treatments are a must. Keep the sun’s glare off of your computer screen by adjusting your blinds or shades throughout the work day. Adjustable treatments will also let you control the temperature, to some degree, of your office.
4. Investing in a Comfortable Chair
Your son’s old desk chair isn’t going to provide the support and comfort you’ll need to get work done. A chair with good lumbar support and a high back is the best option for most people because it prevents back and neck problems.
5. Adding More Than Just Desk Seating
You’ll likely do most of your work at your desk, but it’s important to have more than just a desk chair in your office. If you spend the better part of your day reading, invest in an oversized reading chair or even a fun bean bag chair.
6. Making it Tech-Friendly
A home office is the last place you want to skimp on outlets. You should also consider adding another router in your office or additional chargers.
7. Thinking Minimally
A messy desk or office can impact your work life in more ways than one. Keep everything in plain sight and easy to find by having a desk free of bills, paperwork, toys, and unnecessary sticky notes.
8. Throwing Color on the Walls
These are the walls you’re going to look at for 8 hours a day (or more), so they should be a color that excites and comforts you. If your space is relatively small, consider a more subtle version of your favorite color, as rich colors can make a space seem smaller.
9. Considering Patterned Window Treatments
Break away from the idea of a stuffy office by incorporating patterned window treatments. Patterned treatments are not only more interesting to look at, but they give off that homey feeling that can get lost in a professional’s home office.
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