Why do businesses spend so much money making offices comfortable and attractive for their employees? Because the spaces we inhabit change the way we work. That’s the value and power of a well-designed, fully furnished home office.
Designing, decorating, and remodeling your home to include a home office is a real option that can give you a purpose-built, high productivity, social-distancing approved hub with everything you need to bring your profession home and get work done.
Here’s how to start:
1. Choose Your Location
Contrary to popular opinion your home office doesn’t need to be a standalone room or share space with your guest bedroom. That’s an option, and a good one for many people, but everyone is wired differently and your space should reflect that.
- Do you work better in perfect quiet with no distractions? Or do you enjoy hearing conversations and having a feeling of activity nearby?
- Do you need to be able to close a door in order to take calls with privacy, or are you ok operating while you spouse or children cook, snack, and play just around the corner?
Depending on your home’s layout you may be quite well-off establishing your home office in your porch, off your kitchen, or in a corner of your living room. Of, if you need more privacy, you can convert a portion of your bedroom or a spare bedroom, you can finish a portion of your basement, or even build out your attic.
It all depends on what is available, what is possible, and what will work best for you!
2. Take Care of the Basics
Your average home office requires need a few specific amenities, all of which need to be considered:
- Electrical access
- Internet access (Ethernet or strong WIFI signal)
- A desk or work surface
- Lighting (natural light is always preferred)
3. Consider Ergonomics
If there’s one productivity item you should never skimp on, it’s a comfortable chair. But home office ergonomics goes well beyond seating, encompassing the entire physical layout of your work area and how it contributes to your productivity and health.
Elements to consider include:
- “Happy” sunlight therapy lighting, especially if natural light isn’t available
- Mouse selection (adjustable DPI, form factor, hand size, grip style)
- Additional external monitors to expand your screen area
- Laptop/monitor risers to help keep your head and chin up for good posture
- External keyboard to keep your wrists low and avoid carpal tunnel
- An ergonomic and comfortable chair set to the correct height
4. Furnish and Finish
Now it’s time to bring it all together. Your home office should be a comfortable and attractive space, one that makes you feel at-home and in control. If you’re working in a stark white room you might not have distractions, but you probably aren’t going to feel fully in your element either.
Work to make your space a fitting part of your overall home design and décor, and consider artwork and indoor plants if you have the space and sunlight.
You may also want to go the extra mile to remove clutter. Wireless computer peripherals are a good option, along with storage solutions and cable tamers to keep your wires and cords safely gathered, covered, and out of the way.
And let’s not forget what’s behind you either. With video conferencing now a critical part of the work from home experience, having an attractive, well-furnished, professional-looking space behind your head and shoulders can really pay off.
Develop Your Perfect Space
If you really need to crack down and get work done on your own terms, in your own space, Artisan Remodeling & Design can help with remodeling services. Contact us and we’ll provide custom home office renovations designed with you in mind, as well as comprehensive home bathroom, kitchen, and basement remodeling services.