Nowadays, more people have willingly committed to work in their own homes because they enjoy many benefits from it. You don’t have to suffer rush-hour traffic, you can work in your pajamas, your schedule is more flexible and made more personalized than it was when you used to work in your 9-to-5 job – and still be able to meet deadlines and hold big tele-conferences and meetings effectively.
Another benefit of working in your own home is you can turn any nook and cranny of your house into your own office. As it is your personal space, you can design the home office of your dreams. You can do that in any way and style imaginable – the sky is the limit! At the same time though, aesthetic should also be balanced with functionality.
The Internet is a goldmine for practical design tips that you can apply to your home office. If you are looking for them, you have just come to the right place! Without further ado, here are simple but practical suggestions that you can use to your own home office.
1) Make sure you have a comfortable office chair
This may sound simple, but imagine yourself having to use your dining chair and sit on it for several hours a day? That would be a literal pain in the butt (as the well as on your back). Invest on a good-quality office chair that will provide a nice support to your body as you’re making calls or focused at working on a strict deadline.
2) Make sure to separate your office away from home
Again, this may sound like a no-brainer. But with more people telecommuting on a regular basis, it is extremely now important to have a dedicated space for your office work. It allows you to be more focused on your job, as well as to switch off from work when you’re at home. As much as we enjoy being with our loved ones, sometimes we really need to focus on our jobs. It’s best to have your office door locked to avoid unexpected interruptions and chaos while you’re in a conference call or rushing to some important deadline.
3) Go green
Having natural plants doesn’t only make your office look pretty. It’s also good for your health and your well-being. They actually help clear and filter out some noxious toxins in the air, keeping it clean. Plus, having natural plants will also help reduce stress and sickness – just looking at a little plot of bonsai can make you feel really good.
If you don’t have a green thumb, there are lots of indoor plants that are hardy and require little maintenance. These include aloe vera, snake plant, spider plant, cacti and some succulents. They come in little pots that will fit in most desks.
4) Invest on a good lighting
Working near the window is always a good idea so as to let natural daytime light into the space. However, make sure not to place your computer or laptop directly under the sunlight.
Sometimes, office hours can extend well into the evening depending on how much workload you should finish to avoid beating the deadline. That’s where the need for a good lighting arises. This aspect is frequently overlooked, but it greatly impacts your mood and productivity.
In lieu of natural light, or when you’re working in the evening, try out different lighting types with various intensities, and find the one that will work for you. It’s best to choose the one with enough light to illuminate your desk, but not with too much intensity as to hurt your eyes.
5) Storage and shelving
It’s important that your home office has ample storage for your papers, files and other odds and ends. But this aspect is overlooked when designing a home office. Make sure that you have enough shelves and filing cabinets in your home office.
You also have to look at your work flow – which work comes in, which will remain, which will be the pending ones and which goes out when you’re done. Even though almost everything is online even at work, nevertheless you should have an inbox and outbox (actual ones, that is) placed on your desk, or next to your desk. It’s important to locate your storage nearby so that your files can be easily accessed.
6) Show off your personality
The great thing about having a home office is that you can bring your own personality and style to it. Nothing and no one will limit you when it comes to your design ideas that are based on your personal taste. However, it is better to add items that are functional apart from being stylish.
For example: if you are into anything vintage or retro, we’re sure you will love these retro office accessories that will not only make your desk looking elegant, but should be functional as well. Putting up antique-looking posters will even add an old-world ambiance to your office. A nice and comfortable sofa is a good idea, as it will allow you to rest your eyes during a break — it would be better if you choose a sofa bed with additional storage.
Have a taste of vintage pop culture and want to incorporate it to your home office? Check out the “10 Popular 70s Decorating Trends That Are Making a Comeback” for great suggestions!
Another style tip: add a rug (especially a light-colored one). It will not only make your space more beautiful and cozy, but it will also help in demarcating certain areas of your home office space.