Working from home is an awesome perk, but have you accidentally created a workspace that is drab and lifeless as a cubicle? Here are some steps to help create the home office of your dreams.
- The top of your computer screen should be at eye level or just a little below. Position your computer monitor so there’s no glare from windows or overhead light. Make sure to adjust your chair so your feet rest firmly on something. Since you will be spending a good chunk of time here, invest in a great chair. A beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every penny.
- Move your desk close to the windows (if any) but place it parallel to the panes. This set-up is ideal for the benefits of natural light and gives you something interesting to stare at than a blank wall, giving you an excuse to turn away from your computer when a break is needed. If you’re in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk or position your chair to face the door.
- Unless you’re going for a contemporary look, choose accessories that enhance the comfy feeling of your home office, like a fun mug for pencil holder, trendy notepads, sticky notes and a decorative waste bin. Add utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from similar material. Inspirational prints or even kid artwork help fill empty spaces and become focal points for the wall.
- Many home offices aren’t swimming with square footage, so using space efficiently is key. Hanging floating shelves on walls and getting paper off your desk and in vertical folders, baskets for mail can help keep the appearance of order and keeps your desk cleared. Cube storage is a great alternative to bookshelves and baskets can even be added for knick knacks or extra wires.
- Even with natural light, it is still a good idea to have additional lighting for darker hours of the day. This helps cut down on eye strain and headaches. Table lamps, floor lamps, overhead lighting, the possibilities are endless.
- Forget boring office beige. You need a color that you love, that gets your work brain moving. For some people that is a bright, cheery color, bold like lime green, burnt orange. Others need calming shades of botanical green or sea foam blue to feel as though they will perform their best.
- Adding plants to your office helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and even filter the air. So many easy options that thrive from neglect too!