With many unexpected changes in the world, and most corporate companies asking their employees to work from home, the need for having a home office has kind of become the order of the day.
With most of us working long hours in front of our system, I can’t stop emphasizing the importance of having the right kind of working desk and chair.
If you are planning to set up a home office, you are in the right place! Stay tuned to learn all that goes into designing it.
1. Decide on the location
What I mean by location is, where exactly would you want your home office to be set up with in your home?
Do you have an extra room which you can be dedicate for your work alone?
Is it going to be a small section of your room?
Or, if you are running short of space, is it going to be your dining table?! (Now don’t laugh, I know a lot of people doing this 🙂
Preferably, select a place that has better lighting. Natural light is always better.
Also, if you are someone who has to take a lot of calls, a closed space is better to avoid disturbance. All of you young parents know what I mean.
2. Make a floor plan
Oh, don’t worry if you are not an architect or an interior designer! Making a floor plan is not rocket science.
You will just need a measuring tape, book and pencil to start with.
Just measure the room which you plan to convert into your work den.
Have a basic furniture layout drawn. This is just to make sure you have a comfortable space for your movement.
Most importantly, you will have to place a desk and chair. If you have room, you can even consider having some storage space as well.
If you have a window in the room, place your desk facing the window. This is to get some natural light and to have a change in view.
You eyes needs a break from white screen every 45 mins once at least.
If its inevitable to have a desk facing a wall, have a pin up board or some motivational posters, even a picture of nature will also relax your eyes.
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3. Get a desk and a chair
Even if you cannot follow any other tips while setting up your home office, you might not want to miss this.
Please avoid working sitting on your bed with your laptop literally on your lap. This will cause a lot of health issues in the long run.
Having right ergonomics is very very important.
Your work desk or table should not be lesser than 2’6″ in width. 4′- 5′ width is a very comfortable one.
The height of the table should be 2’6″ and nothing more than that.
The depth can vary from 1’6″ to 2′.
The arm rest of your chair should be 3″-4″ below your table.
It is recommended to have a chair with a comfortable back rest. Chairs with head rest are even more comfortable in a long run.
4. Place to meet clients
If your nature of work requires meeting clients or business partners, you might want to accommodate few more chairs or a couch at your home office.
This might not be a must for most of you, so take a call based on your job profile.
5. Provision for storage
Invariably we will have something or the other work-related stuff to store, so why not have a dedicated space for all of them in your office space?
You might want to have an accessible place for your printer, in-tray, scribbling pad, post-it notes, pen holder, reference books, and so on.
Having over head cabinets can create a good amount of storage for you.
6. Use technology to your advantage
Go wireless as much as possible. From router to mouse all your gadgets can be wireless.
Have a docking station with bigger monitors to reduce the stress on your eyes.
If you still have wires, use a wire manager to hide all these wires and make your desk appear organized.
7. Give it a personal touch
After all it is your home, don’t forget to get some element from the rest of your house into your home office space.
You do not want it to be too corporate and isolated from the rest of the house.
Placing a family photo or your favorite plant on your desk or even something from your travel will do the trick.
Having the right paint color is also an important aspect of designing. You can learn about it in the below article.
“10 best office paint colors to improve your productivity”
You can even incorporate the elements of a zen space into your home office to bring in that calm and relaxing mood.
“How to create a perfect zen space at home”
So, was this article useful to you? Will you implement any of these tips at your home? Do let me know in the comment box below.