Although many of us are back at work, there’s definitely been a change in terms of flexibility. So if you’re now working from home full-time, or even just one day a week, here are some great ways to make your home office the best it can be for your productivity and your mental health.
1. Ergonomic furniture is key
Because you’ll be spending a fair bit of time in your chair at your desk, it’s important that these furniture items are not only comfortable, but they also need to be ergonomic. For chairs, you’ll need to make sure that they have adjustable height, proper lumbar support, and armrests.
With your desk, it should be a good size for what you need, but also for the room – you’ll just feel cramped if you have a huge desk in a small office. Everything should be at a good height for optimal ergonomics, so your chair should sit well under your desk, and your monitor height should give you a viewing angle of about 20 degrees below eye level.
2. Let the light in
It’s important that you have the right lighting in your office, particularly if it’s in a place in the house that doesn’t get a lot of natural light. It’s a good idea to invest in a lamp that’s designed to be in an office environment and prevent eye strain when you’re working.
If you can, make the most of the natural lighting in your space as well. If you have a window, keep the curtains open, including any net curtains, so that you can get as much sunlight as you can.
3. Use your space efficiently
Because home offices tend to be on the smaller side, you really need to maximise the space you do have. If you can’t fit a bookcase or other shelving units in, consider installing some floating shelves – you can really get into design mode here as there are a few different styles available now to modernise your space.
You know how you work best with your desk space, so ensure you’re making it as efficient as possible. If you know you often write notes, or you like to have documents spread out in front of you, make space for that on your desk. You can also use filing racks or magazine holders for document storage depending on how you like to organise.
4. Add some colour
This is especially helpful if you work in a role that requires creativity. The best part about a home office is that you can customise it in any way that you like – from hanging inspirational prints, to painting the walls.
The colours you should have in your office will depend on how you like to work – if you like a calm and quiet space, try a light blue or green, or if you like an energetic, creative space, work with oranges and other bright hues.
5. Get some greenery
Having plants around can really help you to feel peaceful and productive, so it’s a good idea to get a bit of greenery going on in your office space. There are many different types of plants that will work here, from wild climbers to small decorative topiaries.
Try adding a small drapey one to a floating shelf, or stand one in a corner of your office – you’ll instantly notice the great vibe that plants can bring.