Whether your company is allowing you to work from home, you run your own home-based business, you’re a freelancer, or you’re studying for an important qualification, having a pleasant home office where you can work from is a huge advantage.
If you are lucky enough to have the space, and you want to set up your very own home office, here are some tips that will help you make it the best it can be.
Maximise the light
Rooms that are light and airy are more enjoyable to work in, and what’s more, they have been proven to be healthier and to boost productivity too. So, ideally, choose a room that has a lot of natural light to transform into your very own home office.
You should also aim to maximise the amount of light a room gets by removing heavy and dark window treatments and replacing them with lighter options that let as much air in as possible.
It’s also a good idea to invest in lots of lights and lamps with natural-light mimicking bulbs because although they aren’t as good as sunlight, they will help.
Invest in high-quality furniture
You might be on a tight budget, but skimping on your furniture is a big no-no. Why? Because office chairs, in particular, need to be comfortable and supportive if you want to avoid a range of back, neck and arm issues. Repressive strains and work-based pains are so common, but having decent, ergonomically designed furniture can make the world of difference.
Invest in a storage cabinet
These days, you can get some really attractive storage cabinets in a wide range of styles and colours, and I suggest you invest in a couple because it will help you to keep your home office clean and clutter-free, while also ensuring that any important documents you need to handle are not lost.
If you have a fully stocked home office, then it may also be worth investing in a desk that has deep drawers, and maybe even a storage ottoman or chair, so that you can maximise the amount of storage available without it impacting on your space or the flow of the room too much.
Hang some artwork
You may be working, but you deserve to have a pleasant environment in which to do so. Not only that but hanging beautiful works of art has also been shown to boost productivity. If your desk is not facing out of the window, put a picture or two directly in front of where you will be working so that you have something nice to look at.
Choose wood or laminate flooring
The last thing you wan tot have to do at the end of a hard day’s work is spend more time than necessary cleaning your home office space, so make it easier on yourself by installing hardwood or laminate flooring, which looks good, and which can be wiped clean really quickly. It’s last much longer than carpet too.