As we move into the 2020s, more and more people are working from home for a number of reasons, making the home office all the more important.
When it comes to setting up a home office, productivity is key, so the choices you make for your space need to promote focus and efficiency.
Designate Your Home Office Space
If you don’t already have a room you can designate as your home office, consider using a guest bedroom or dining room that isn’t being utilized.
You can also turn a bare wall or an empty closet into a home office. Although these options aren’t the most ideal, it’s nonetheless important to have designated work space.
Choose Functional Furniture
Each piece of furniture in your home office should serve a purpose; otherwise, your setup will be cluttered and lose valuable space.
Take some time to think about what you’ll really need in your office. This will guide your home office furniture purchasing decisions.
For instance, if you don’t intend on keeping physical copies of invoices and other documents, then you likely don’t need a filing cabinet.
There are only a few furniture items necessary for a home office: a desk, a desk chair, and some form of storage, if needed.
Depending on your work needs, you may also need additional pieces like another chair or two and a table on which to set your printer.
If your home office doubles as a guest bedroom, you may also want to consider getting a sofa sleeper as this will save space when you don’t have guests.
Make Sure Your Furniture is Also Comfortable
In addition to being functional, your home office furniture should also be comfortable since you’ll be spending a lot of time there.
Invest in a quality desk chair that’s adjustable, offers lumbar support, and is the right size and height for you.
A good desk chair will improve your posture, have your arms, legs, and feet make 90-degree angles, and feel comfy and supportive instead instead of causing aches and pains.
If you have enough space, you may also want to get a recliner or chair and ottoman for your home office for those times you need to brainstorm ideas or take a break.
Strategically Place Your Furniture
Where you place your furniture can be as important as the furniture itself.
Well thought-out placement can make your office feel more open, relaxing, and harmonious open while just setting down furniture any which way can have the opposite effect.
Your best bet for setting up your home office furniture is to follow some simple principles of Feng Shui.
Keep your entryway and traffic areas clear, place your desk in front of a wall or corner facing the door (but not in line with it), and create visual balance.
Also, don’t take up all of your wall space, keep your cords, storage, and office equipment hidden, and avoid hanging mirrors in your home office.
You can research more Feng Shui tips if you wish, but the idea is to promote a good flow of energy with clear pathways and sight lines, minimal clutter, and comfortable positioning.
Work with Proper Lighting
Having correct lighting isn’t just important for your eyesight but also your productivity and even your overall health.
Try to get as much natural light as possible by choosing to work in a space with a window and sitting as close to the window as you can.
Be sure to supplement natural light with artificial lighting so you can better see while you work; a desk lamp would be especially useful if your desk isn’t close to a window or you’re working at night.
If your home office has little to no natural light, invest in getting some full-spectrum lights as these bright white lights are ideal for work that requires visual accuracy and have the same temperature as balanced daylight.
Save space in your home office by using shelving for storage and display.
Whether you get a bookcase or some hanging shelves, shelving will save you space by neatly stacking your belongings instead of spreading them out horizontally.
If you have an empty closet in your home office, you can take down the clothing poles and racks and install your own shelving.
Hiding your storage like this will make your home office appear bigger, and you’ll feel more relaxed with this necessary clutter out of sight (and out of mind).
Use Energizing Colors
The best color to paint the walls in your home office is green because this relaxing color has just enough warmth to be refreshing as well.
Another good wall color that will boost your productivity is yellow, but make sure it’s a pale yellow or a subdued gold and not a bright-bright yellow.
Red and orange are energizing colors as well, but these colors should be used in accents because they can be overstimulating.
If you prefer neutral walls, pick a neutral with a warm undertone and add energizing accent colors through your decor.
Another element that sets the tone for your home office is your decor.
There are several approaches you can take. You can decorate your office with relaxing accessories such as a zen garden or table fountain.
Or you can incorporate creativity-boosting accessories like abstract art or sculpture.
You can certainly decorate your office with personal photos, favorite colors, and funny mementos, but make sure that your decor isn’t distracting.
Regardless of your taste, having a plant or two in your office is always a good idea because they help improve the quality of the air and boost your mood.
Don’t have a green thumb? You can start off with simple succulents that require little care or get a Himalayan rock salt lamp.
In addition to what kinds of accessories you have, you should also be mindful of how many decorations you have.
An occasional accessory can add personality and atmosphere to your home office, but too many decorations can be distracting and even stressful because they create clutter.
Another way to cut down on the clutter in your home office is by going wireless.
Instead of dealing with a bunch of cords and wires, keep this kind of mess at a minimum by opting for a wireless computer/laptop, Internet connection, printer, mouse, and other computer-related accessories.
We hope our tips are helpful as you’re in the process of setting up or resetting your home office.
What’s the key to success in your home office setup? Tell us in the comments below!