Working from home can be a real struggle if you don’t have a quiet place to focus on your different tasks while being comfortable. You won’t achieve much if you have to work on your living room couch while your kids are watching cartoons on TV, right?
Even if you don’t have an entire room you can turn into your home office, it’s still possible to have your own private little corner where you can work in peace. In your home office, you can keep everything you need well-organized and easily accessible. Best of all, you get to have lots of fun decorating the space! Set up your home office with beautiful designs that offer you inspiration during work.
If you have no idea how to set up a home office, consider these design ideas:
1. Choose the right space
If you have an extra room you can turn into a home office, take advantage of it. If you don’t, take a moment to consider different options around your home. A closet can easily be converted into a home office, but you can also get settled in the corner of your guest room or your basement.
Look for a space with easy access to electrical outlets, and if you can, create your new workspace near a window. Windows will provide you with some natural light and some fresh air if you find yourself working during a hot summer day. Above all, make sure your home office will be in a space where you can be quiet and avoid distractions.
2. Choose your work surface
If you feel like your home office will only be used temporarily, maybe you can work on just any flat surface you want. It could be an ironing board, a small table, or a plank of wood on top of two file cabinets. If you want something more permanent, you could purchase a proper desk.
You could also rent some stylish office furniture with plenty of storage space. The furniture will make you feel like a professional, even if you are working from a corner of your basement. Finally, equip your work surface with plenty of home office supplies, ranging from envelopes to memo notes. Your home office will feel complete with all the necessary supplies within arm’s reach.
3. Get a comfortable chair
An office chair is another piece of furniture you can either buy or rent. Since you will be spending a lot of time sitting on it, you will need a comfortable chair that supports your back and your arms.
Instead of just purchasing any office chair just because you like how it looks, you should try it out to see if you feel comfortable in it. One of the benefits of renting furniture instead of purchasing it is that if ever, after a few weeks, you realize your office chair is causing you back pain, you can trade it for a different model.
4. Make sure you have proper lighting
Even if you can get settled near a window to enjoy some natural light, you should still get proper lighting to avoid straining your eyes. You should have overhead lighting as well as a desk lamp. Your desk lamp will provide you with direct light when you need to read a document.
You also need adequate lighting when it’s getting late, so you want a better view of your keyboard. Avoid working in a poorly lit room as it will only strain your eyes. Make you unable to complete all the work you have to do during the day.
5. Position your computer correctly
Even if you have a very nice desk and a comfortable chair, you could still end up with a painful back and sore shoulders if you don’t position your computer correctly.
If you are using a desktop computer, position the monitor an arm’s length away from you, and with the top third of your screen at eye level. Your mouse and your keyboard should be positioned to keep your elbows close to your side. Your forearms should be parallel to the floor while you work.
If you are using a laptop, find a way to prop it up so the screen will be at eye level. For more comfort, you should consider using a separate mouse and keyboard so your arms can be positioned properly.
6. Add a few personal touches
Make a list of everything you need to work on, and keep those items close at hand and well organized. If your desk doesn’t have any storage space, see if you could get an additional piece of furniture for your printer, your documents, your pencils, and everything else you might need.
Avoid clutter on your desk, as it can end up distracting you from your work. However, you can still add a few personal touches to your workspace, such as photos, a few funny knick-knacks, or a green plant. These mementoes can help boost your mood on those days where you don’t feel like working from home.