Regardless of whether your home office space is your remote workspace, where you run your business, or a room where you can organize your schedule and pay your monthly bills, you deserve much more than just an extra chair squeezed into one corner of the room, or just a small desk space. Home offices are particularly growing in popularity, as more people opt to work from home instead of beating the traffic to get to the office.
There is a reason you need to make things comfortable – any space you designate as an office needs to have plenty of comfort and great design. After all, you will spend plenty of time there when making money and burning the midnight oil – so you owe it to yourself to make it as pleasing as possible. Here are some useful tips to help you do that and ultimately increase your productivity.
Choose a good location – it matters
Since you are likely to spend many hours in the home office, avoid stiffing yourself on space – such as squeezing that small desk in a closet that has no windows, just because you want to preserve the guest room which you rarely use and is only gathering dust. Get ample space as much as possible, because you still need to stay comfortable while working.
In addition to that, keep in mind the ability to withstand distractions that would happen throughout the day, and traffic flows. You might not have a high threshold of disturbance, so choose the home office in a quiet space – or go for a high-activity room if you work best when other activities are happening around you. If you have clients or visitors who are stopping by, then you need a private space that has ample seats, and so on.
Avoid the idea of sacrificing form for the sake of function
The shelves, furniture, and work tools are the ones serving you at your job – it is not you serving them. Therefore, when choosing and designing your home office, consider your own workflow, as well as valuable items like stationery, before you invest in the furniture aspect. After solving the basics, you can then search for pieces that serve both the functional and aesthetic aspects.
The furniture you choose for your home office needs to complement the other rooms in your home, rather than just screaming ‘a vast, empty, and lifeless cubicle’. For instance, if your general home décor is minimalistic, then the office needs to follow the same template. If your home is full of traditional décor such as loveseats and very comfortable, soft chairs, then the office needs some chairs in warm wood colors and theme. On the other hand, artistic pieces can work well for a contemporary home office.
Get a good chair
Chairs are non-negotiable when you are seeking office furniture – the better your seat is, the more comfortable you will be and the more productive you become. You are also spending a lot of time on that chair, so even the more expensive, comfortable seats are worth every dime you spend.
Make the walls interesting
You do not need the typical ‘office beige’ color on your walls – modify it if you need to, and spice things up; it is your workspace anyway. For some people, productivity increases when they are in a room with bright-color walls like oranges, yellows and lime greens, while others prefer calming colors like sea blue and botanical green. Choose a color scheme you want, and decorate your home office with it to make it more lively and interesting.
Position your workspace towards the view
Place the desk towards an area that is more interesting than staring up at a blank wall, such as next to the large windows, even if you love the wall color. The ideal is next to a window, but if that is not possible then you can hang a beautiful frame picture on the wall, or place your chair next to the door.
Your home office should be as much as a work sanctuary as the rest of your home is, so make an effort to make it look inviting and interesting.