TIPS FOR DESIGNING YOUR HOME OFFICE

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Whether your current home office is a space for running a business, your remote workspace or simply a place to pay bills and organizing your schedule, it is absolutely essential that it is comfortable and inviting.  This way, you have a clear headspace free from the clutter of everyday tasks, especially if you plan on spending multiple hours a day there.  An office that reflects the design and comfort of the rest of your home is a place you'll want to burn the midnight oil.

1. LOCATION

With homes now coming in such a vast amount of shapes and sizes, your office can be anywhere within.  One of the biggest things to consider is your current traffic flow around your space and to indicate potential distractions that might come your way while working.

2. SPACING 

Following up with our last point, you also want to make sure to set aside a good spot that will allow for enough space for you to work comfortably without clutter.  Ask yourself if you will be able to move easily from side to side, stand up and sit back from your desk. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s easy to underestimate how much space you need depending on whatever plans you have for it.

3. SELECTING THE RIGHT DESK, CHAIR & STORAGE

Choosing the right desk and chair for your space may be difficult, but you always want to keep in mind that your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way around.  You should never sacrifice form over function, with a good rule of thumb being to consider your workflow and what items you use on a consistent basis.  This allows you to go for the essentials that make your life easier without the hassle of overdoing it. 

Remember, your home office should compliment the other rooms in your house while enhancing what is already there.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to save some money, but you should always make sure to go for long lasting, quality pieces over something cheap as they are less prone to breaking down.

4. INVESTING IN QUALITY OVER QUANTITY 

Investing in quality materials is essential, especially if you are planning on spending a large amount of time in one spot.  Some things you should consider when investing in furnishings are ergonomics, style and comfortability.  A key tip when selecting the right desk is to see if it is wide enough to hold your computer while having all you essentials in one spot.

 

5. MANAGING YOUR TECHNOLOGY

When it comes to technology, there are not many options for you to improve the look of your computer, printer and phone, but you can hide the unsightly cords and wires.  A clean environment is essential for a productive space.  Start by ensuring that your equipment is close by and easy to access.  Encase cords on the desk in a fabric cord cover and then feed the cords into a desk grommet, which is a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath.  Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing or a wire organizer that is attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.

6. LIGHTING

Proper lighting has the potential to save your eyes from dreadful strains and headaches often that often accompany long hours doing strenuous tasks.  Positioning your computer monitor so that there is no glare from a window or overhead light can really make a difference, as well as having optimal natural lighting to help bring the space alive.

 

 


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