For many of us, working from home has become the “new normal”. If you have a dedicated workspace based on the type of work you are doing, the transition from the office to the home is much easier. Since you are free to design the space you want, you can make the home office look more traditional through the executive desk and bookshelf, or choose a more creative approach, such as the space shown in the picture above.
Here are some tips for designing a workspace at home, where you can work comfortably and efficiently:
1. Choose the Right Space
Some people are lucky enough to have a spare room that they can turn into an office or a corner where they can carve out space in a multi-purpose room. Fortunately, there are many furniture collections that feature corner units like the Riverside Furniture Vogue Corner Unit pictured above to open up space for other uses when you are not working.
2. Get Rid of the Clutter
The last thing you need when you are trying to be productive in your home office is a distraction. When you see clutter all around you, it is easy to start thinking about all of the household chores that you need to do. Proclaim your home office a clutter-free work zone so you can stay focused on the tasks at hand. Home office furniture pieces like file cabinets, bookcases, and hutches are designed to control the clutter.
3. Create a Productive Atmosphere
Let’s face comfort is essential to creating a productive home office, and the desk chair is an important choice. Make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips, like your computer, a printer, file cabinets, and shelving as well as a desk. Natural light is best, but you can supplement with lighting fixtures if you must.
Consider adding a recliner or small loveseat for taking breaks, having lengthy phone conversations or planning your next steps. Depending on your style, you may want to add calming elements like houseplants or inspiring pieces like sculptures or paintings.
4. Stick to a Schedule
Be sure to differentiate your workday from leisure time. A good way to start is to get out of your jammies, put on your work clothes, and begin your workday at the same time every day. You might not need formal attire, but dress as if you intend to get things done. Plan out your daily schedule and be sure to put in breaks in addition to lunch. Keep track of your workload, just as you would do in the office.