CREATE A HOME OFFICE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
With more and more people working from home, a home office is less of a luxury and more of a necessity. It is estimated that one in five Americans work from home. And with the fluctuating cost of gas and increased traffic causing longer commutes, that number is likely to grow even more every year.
“In a home office, surround yourself with space and proper light and colors you love,” says Polly Timmer, owner of Polly Timmer Design.
“Consider your how you work, or would like to, DO you actually sit at a desk, or is a comfy lounge more your style,” Timmer continues. “The home office needs to allow you to work in a fulfilled environment. Don’t allow clutter to overtake the space. Plan for storage and management of your filing system and cords and cables. It does not have to be stuffy or boring.”
Separate Your Space
Although you are physically working in the house, it is important to set up your home office so that the lines between your home life and your work life do not get blurred. By creating a barrier, you will be less tempted to take a television break in the middle of your work day or work on spreadsheets when you are supposed to be “home from the office.”
Design Your Office to Match Your Work Style
When choosing the furniture and layout of your office, make sure if fits the way you choose to work. For example, if you believe in “a place for everything and everything in its place,” be sure to allot enough space for adequate storage and file cabinets. If you work on several different projects, set up separate, smaller work stations dedicated to each task.
Show Off Your Style
There is no such thing as “one design fits all.” While one person may prefer the look of dark woods and rich colors, someone else may favor a more whimsical look with bright colors and clean lines. This is your chance to bring in designs and items that best reflect your personality and interests. Don’t be restricted by what you think a home office should look like. Make it your own since you will be the one spending the most time there.
Make It Comfortable
When choosing the furniture and amenities for your office, make sure that you are physically comfortable and that your work space is conducive to productivity.
- Your chair should be adjustable with adequate seat cushioning.
- Add a couch or armchair to allow for additional seating for guests or to provide a place to read away from your desk.
- Install recessed lighting which is less harsh on your eyes.
- Buy smaller desktop lights focused on task areas that are used for reading and writing to reduce eye strain.