We all know that working from home is something that many people are now doing. Whether it’s through choice or necessity, remote working seems to be the way of the future, at least for some professions. If your job has become remote recently, or it’s something you’ve always done, getting your office right is crucial. Even if this is only a temporary change, you still need to be comfortable if you want to be productive and safe – a poorly designed home office can be bad for both your physical and mental health. Read on to find out more about creating the best home office for you.
If you thought that using a kitchen stool at your counter, or a dining chair at the table, or even an armchair or your bed to work from seemed like the ideal solution, unfortunately, you’ll quickly find that you’re wrong. Using these items should be reserved only for what they’re meant for, and none of them are meant for working, especially for many hours at a time.
If you worked in an office outside the home, you would most likely use ergonomically designed furniture. From your chair to your desk to your footrest to your keyboard, it would all have been designed with comfort and safety in mind. Ergonomics is all about fitting the workplace to the worker, ensuring that you are comfortable, able to work productively, and that you don’t damage yourself.
Just because you’re working from home that doesn’t meant you can forget about ergonomics. You should invest in ergonomically designed furniture, and it will really make a difference.
Often, the home office is a small room. It’s a spare bedroom (the smallest one in the house), or the corner of another room, or perhaps a purpose-built office that will still tend to be fairly small. Because of this, it’s crucial to ensure you have enough storage in the room. If not, you might find that it quickly becomes messy. Not only is this bad for your productivity and peace of mind, but it also means you easily lose things, and this can cause stress.
Adding as much storage as you can to your home office is a good idea. Make sure there are drawers in your desk, shelves to hold files and books, and even trays on your desk if need be. If this means you have to move personal belongings to create more space, don’t worry; rather than having photos on your desk, for example, you can buy box frames and hang them on the wall – you’ll be clearing space and still be able to make your home office comfortable and personal.
When you are designing your home office, whether it’s a separate room or it’s the corner of another space, something you’ll have to take into account to make it the best it can be for you is natural light. The more natural light you can have, the better; it’s good for your eyes, your mental health, and your mood.
If this means you have to place your desk somewhere you might prefer not to, just so you can get some extra light, then you may have to make this compromise. The ideal place, if you can, is to put your desk next to a window. Don’t put it directly under the window, as this could cause difficulties when looking at your screen.