If you are feeling uninspired in your space, and you are still running your home office from the kitchen table or the corner of the dining room then you need a home office makeover.
There are a few important considerations if you want to design a home office. Whether you spend a full most of the week in your home office or just a few hours a week, it’s imperative that your home office be comfortable, function, inviting and equipped with all the facilities you need. It should feel like an inviting space to spend time and to get the work efficiently done.
You may need to have meetings at your home office, socialize with your tradespeople or to move around to store the files & books. The space planning is an important key to designing your home office. If you are a busy mom, a small office set up near your kitchen may be the ideal space. However, if you are a professional and you’ll have a business meeting in the space then you might need an office disconnected from the living spaces. Access to the home office is also an important consideration.
The right desk and chair for your home office
Choosing the right desk and chair is crucial. Ideally, your desk should be minimum four feet wide. However, if all you need is a laptop, it can be smaller but not less than 3 feet. Choose the desk that is not too high or not too low. A desk between 28 to thirty inches is acceptable. Invest in a good quality chair. It should be comfortable and ergonomically adjustable as much as possible. A neck is also an essential feature to consider.
Storage and Cabinets.
Storage can affect your productivity. You’ll need shelves, drawers, and pull-outs. Insufficient quantity of shelves and drawers may disorganize your whole setup. An extra worktop space will allow performing auxiliary tasks. Consider your workflow, what kind of documents you’ll be storing and where will it stay while being worked on. Keep your current work documents within your reach. Having a document storage cabinet at the sitting level at your arms reach is crucial. The arms reach is within 3 feet in left, right and front side of your sitting position. Make sure the storage space is sufficient enough that you don’t have to stand for storing your current work documents. There may be a few files you don’t frequently need. You can store those files or documents on the shelves or cabinet a bit farther than your sitting space. The key is that the catalogs, manuals, reference books and other documents that you need on day to day basis essentially be within your arm-reach.
Office as a meeting place
If you have clients or customers visit during the day, ideally you have a small meeting table within the same room. The size of the table depends on your need however, a basic setup a center table minimum 3 feet wide with three or four chairs.
Natural light and comfort
The natural light source is important for your mental health and productivity. Natural light not only keeps you active, but it also discourages stress and tiredness. Make sure the natural light source is not in front or at the back of your sitting position. Shadows, glares, and reflections may negatively affect your productivity. If you don’t have a view, place your desk facing the door or a decorative wall.
Technology at home office.
Wireless routers, printers, paper shredders and other equipment with wires may make your home office look cluttered. Use wireless printers and other equipment to reduce noise of wires. If you have to use wires, make sure you have sufficient place at the back of your cabinet to run the wire. Wire grommets, wire binders and other wire organizers can be a great help.
The height of the monitor may decide the height of the table, similarly, the placement of the printer may decide the length of the desk. Ergonomics are highly considerable when comfort and productivity is your goal. The top of your computer screen should be at eye level or a little below. 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.
Lamps & lights are crucial
Task lights right at the point of use, the diffused light, and accent lights play a great role in defining your comfort. Even with the great natural light you still need additional task lights to balance out the intensity of the light. It helps during the dark hours of the work and keep you focused. Other than task lights, try a few table lamps, which offer a nice soft glow and interesting design possibilities.
Make the most of your space. Your furniture layout must support the current tasks you perform while sitting on the chair in front of your screen. The storage of the current documents should be at your arms reach and lighting should be right at the point of your task. The height of the table, the height of the screen and chair are related to each other. The natural light source affects your mental health. Shelving space, meeting area, presentation area, and auxiliary worktop are highly considered to have a proper functioning home office. Consider visibility, ergonomics, horizontal and vertical reach to have a better working space. All these factors will greatly support your productivity and mental health.
Cut-out your distractions when designing your own home office. Items like televisions, gaming systems are a bad idea even if you believe you can tune them out.
Invest in quality equipment. To be as productive as possible, do your best to acquire the items you would require to complete your work in your home office.
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