Easy Design Tips for Your Home Office

Many businesses have begun reentering their offices. But for digital companies, freelancers, and solopreneurs, there often isn’t an office to visit. For them, work takes place from home. But just because the office is at home, that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain a level of professionalism in it. In fact, working remotely may help improve one’s productivity. These design tips for your home office may help.

Storage

One of the biggest obstacles to productivity is disorganization. Not only may a messy desk or office space result in lost documents and materials, but it can also cause undue stress and a lack of focus. The best way to avoid this is to design your home office with ample storage space. You can upcycle an old dresser to add extra storage or buy ready-made office drawers, bins, and trays.

Furniture Considerations

In most areas of the house, furniture is a choice you make based entirely on aesthetics. While you should pick office furniture that you like the look of, keep some of these practical considerations in mind.

Desk

When choosing a desk, think about everything that you need to use it for. If you use multiple monitors, you will need a much wider desktop. And if you have a smaller office without room for additional storage, you will need a desk with more drawer space.

Also, consider if you want the option to stand up at your desk from time to time. Standing desks are available for purchase, or you can buy a desk converter to give you the option to sit or stand at the desk you already have.

Chair

If you have a home office, you will likely spend a lot of time in your chair. If you have a chair that doesn’t offer sufficient support, you risk distracting back and muscle pain. A quality office chair is worth the investment. And if you can’t find one that works, consider buying a supportive cushion.

Creating the right home office environment

You don’t want your office to feel overcrowded. Too much clutter can make it hard to focus, so consider how large the room is before adding additional furniture pieces. If you have space, though, here are some other items you might consider for both style and practicality:

  • Additional seating for meeting with others
  • Bookshelves for industry-specific books
  • Bulletin boards
  • Potted plants to improve air quality

Lighting

The lighting in a space can affect our mood, focus, and productivity, so keep it in mind when designing a home office. Natural lighting is usually the best, so the ability to emphasize sunlight in a space is ideal. When considering lighting fixtures, try to choose bulbs that imitate natural lighting. Then, for times of the day that are too bright, you’ll want to be able to adjust the lighting with drapes and dimmer switches.

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