Updated: Nov 1, 2020
The year 2020 has taught us a thing or two about home office and the changing ways of working from home. Social distancing rules have moved our desks from big office spaces to our own office space at home.
A recent study from FlexJobs reports that 65% of respondents surveyed said they were actually more productive working remotely than in a traditional office space. That’s because, in many cases, WFH (working from home) means fewer distractions, less commuter stress, less overall noise, a more personal space. Only time will tell if home office is a temporary solution, or the new norm.
Either way, better be prepared!
Now is the time to create a chic and welcoming place to work from at your house.
There are several strategies I would like to share with you so you can set up your home office.
I’ve put together a list of tips and ideas to help you choose a perfect place and proper equipment for remote work. If you want to build a more comfortable home office space, continue reading!
First step: Preparation
How much desktop space do you require (laptop, mouse, notebook)?
What storage do you want?
What are your printing requirements?
After answering these 3 questions you will understand how much space your home office requires.
The most basic office will need to include:
A desk, a chair, and some storage.
So, no need for big spending, just make sure to leave some air in your budget for accessories.
In an ideal home office, you will have good natural light, privacy, and a quiet atmosphere.
I would also suggest you consider the space behind you for Zoom calls/online conference calls. Think about which area in your house can fulfil these requirements. Measure the space in advance and take the measurements with you to shop.
Second step: Choosing furniture
+ The Desk
A desk should be at least 70cm wide and 45 cm deep. Going for a standing rather than a sitting desk has recently been a hot topic with scientific researches unable to come up with a clear and answer. So choose the one you are the most comfortable with.
Check out the perfect height for you here.
+ The Chair
An office chair should be on wheels, rotating, and able to fit beneath the desk so you can seamlessly move to complete your different tasks. Make sure it is ergonomic enough not to hurt your back.
Storage should be a combination of drawers and shelves if possible. The shelves are accessible and also will help define the ‘office space’ and make it feel structured. Drawers can store and hide lots of documents and equipment while keeping the surface looking neat.
+ Style it
Choose furniture in harmony with the rest of your house in terms of colours and materials.
+ Get inspired!
One of the best designing tools is Pinterest!
Find great design ideas, and save them. You can then image search the pieces you like to buy online, or show them to a customer consultant in the stores you visit to keep your focus. Find tons of inspiration here!
Third step: Extras that make the difference!
+ Adding a carpet
It is another great way to add definition and some sound buffering to your home office area
+ Get a good lamp
Use it to light your desk when working, or your face when you are zooming.
+ Support your back
A small stool for your feet is a tiny hack with life changing impact when it comes to keeping a healthy back posture.
+ Break Routine
Coffee time at home should be just as fun as in the office. Get yourself a good coffee machine or a super cool mug.
Article written by Danielly Marko Interior Design Studio