A lot of people are working from home these days. Chances are, you’re one of them. Ideally, you’re not spending your entire day hunched over on your couch or sitting at your kitchen table on your computer. Working like this for extended periods of time can put a damper on your morale, minimize your productivity, and even cause back pain.
The best solution is a home office. Even if you’re not able to have a room that’s separate from the rest of your living space, it’s good to have a nook that’s reserved just for work. As a bonus, if you’re selling a house, having a home office area can help you stage your home and sell it as having potential for a workspace.
If you want to spruce up your home office, but don’t know where to start, here are some tips to get you going.
A Good Chair
Whatever you’re sitting on in your office is likely what you’re sitting on for the majority of your day. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to ensure that your chair is sturdy, comfortable, and ergonomically sound. If you’re looking to spruce up your home office, but you’re working with a tight budget, look at upgrading your chair before anything.
Having the right chair can put you in the right mood and enhance your productivity. Consider the types of features you’d like your office chair to have, for example, if it comes on wheels, and if its height is adjustable. If it’s height isn’t adjustable, make sure it will place you at a height above your desk that is ergonomically correct.
Working and living in the same place can be draining. To give your workspace a splash of natural colour that can lift your spirits, get yourself some houseplants. Whether you choose small potted plants like succulents, or larger trees like a fiddle-leaf fig, adding greenery can make a huge difference.
They can visually give your space more character. They can help purify the air quality in your space. But they can also offer a small break to your workday where you can water and nurture them.
Many people don’t have an opinion on art, but also don’t want to leave their walls bare. If you’re one of those people, floating shelves can be a great touch to your home office. Not only do they look great, but they can offer you added storage for things like books, plants, or files. Consider hiring someone to set them up for you if you’re not great with a drill.
Hopefully your home office offers you a lot of natural light. If it doesn’t, or you find yourself working into the night, introducing additional lighting can be a huge help. A desk lamp can improve your ability to see whatever you’re working on, while floor lamps can dramatically transform the mood of the room. Make sure that you’re making this improvement sooner or later; looking at pages in darker conditions can be damaging to your vision.
Sprucing up your home office isn’t just an exercise in interior design; it’s an exercise in enhancing your productivity and overall wellbeing during your work hours. You’ll be shocked to see how much more you get done when your workspace is tailor made to your needs.