So you’ve decided to start a business from home? Or maybe you have fewer in-person work hours at the office and are working more from home? Maybe people have had to do so during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to decrease the infection rate, but it has also raised questions about working remotely more permanently. Whatever your working from the home situation maybe it’s important to create a great working environment. This means having a professional but enjoyable and comfortable space where you feel relaxed and motivated to work. But we don’t all have home offices to boot. Most of us have studies that we will work in occasionally but mostly use to get some much-needed r&r from our stressful home lives. So how do we create the best possible work environment and turn our studies into home offices? Well, the same way you would revamp your living room, some simple and strategic changes that can make all the difference. Here are some ideas to help get you going:
Increase Natural Lighting
Now for many of us, we dont have the means to simply fit new windows, but there are clever workarounds here for maximizing the most natural light possible in your home office. Ensure that your desk or workspace has direct access to sunlight by rearranging and moving around furniture and ensuring all light spots are used. A lack of natural light can be harmful to your eyes especially if you’re sat at a computer all-day
As with an office you’re going to spending much of your time at your desk or hunched over a screen. Unlike an office, you have complete control over how the room is designed and what furniture you are using. This is your time to get creative. It is imperative that you find a comfortable and ergonomic desk chair that is good for your posture, limiting arching, hunching, sores, and cramps. If you have the space consider getting soft furnishing as well, maybe a small sofa or a bean bag to give your body a break from long periods of sitting in a chair.
Your windows are important for letting in natural light and filling the room with life, but so too is the way you cover them. How you cover your windows completely changes the dynamic and feel of a room. Think about the difference between the curtains you’d use in your bedroom versus your living room, Roller Shades versus drapes. These little touches all factor into how you feel about a room. Professional features such as blinds or lamps or a bookcase will go into creating the kind of space you will want to work day in and day out!
A Personal Touch
Many offices have little pieces of home to make us feel more comfortable and relaxed at the workplace. But you’re no longer at the office, you’re at home, you’re around all of your creature comforts. This allows you the freedom to add as many of your own personal touches, framed photos, a new lick of paint, your children’s arts and crafts around your room to maximize your comfort, inspire and motivate you.