8 Tips For Creating The Perfect Home Office

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8 Tips For Creating The Perfect Home Office

Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Home office are one of the most in-demand home features today and continue to rise in popularity as more and more people work from home or bring their work home. A new report from Upwork found that nearly two-thirds of companies today have remote workers, and, according to Forbes, more and more Americans are quitting their day jobs to start their own businesses.

But creating a home office that functions well takes more than simply dragging an old desk out of the garage and pulling up a dining chair. The right elements can help you work better and more efficiently.

The right spot

You dont always have the option of choosing the location for your home office; your place may already have a dedicated space. But if you are choosing between a few locations, consider this: "Youll likely spend many hours in your home office, so dont stiff yourself on space e.g. squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the ra>The right privacy

Even if youre a "keep the door open" type, having one you can close when you need to mega-concentrate or take a phone call is key to creating a functional home office. If your home doesnt have a dedicated office space and there isnt a bedroom you can convert, a dining room may be your best bet. Many families today dont use their dining room, especially if they have a breakfast nook and/or an island with eating bar. Adding glass doors to the room will give you privacy without visually closing off the space.

The right chair

When youre sitting for hours a day, you want to be comfortable. A supportive chair is worth the expense to ensure youre not fidgety and distracted, and that you dont end up with a back injury. "Dont underestimate the power of a good chair," said Forbes. "The right support, while working, can help you prevent postural problems, like back pain, later on. If you want to be trendy, you can try to use a stability ball, or if youre interested in avoiding the problems with sitting in general, you can invest in a standing desk. In any case, you need a comfortable, healthy way to work."

The right color

You probably dont want to paint your home office a color that clashes with the rest of your decor, especially if its visible from other parts of the house. But expressing some individuality in the space can help fuel creativity and productivity. "Colors and moods are interconnected, and the psychological impact of color should be considered when interior designers work with home owners to select a color palette," said Harrington College of Design. "When chosen with care, paint colors can enhance the atmosphere of every room in the house. Blue is a great color choice for a home office or study because it creates a soothing, >The right storage

Remember you can use vertical space to make up for a lack square footage and give you more storage options.

The right mix of personality

Sure, your home office is a professional place where important stuff gets done. But dont forget to put a little "you" into it. Studies show that we work better when surrounded by things that make us happy. "Incorporate elements you love into the design," said Glassdoor. "Most corporate offices dont allow you to decorate your space. You might get to have a family picture at your desk, but not much else.

At home, though, you are at liberty to decorate your office any way you like."

The right light

Lighting is essential for being able to see properly, obviously. Too little light can create eye strain and headaches, so make sure you have a good mix of overhead and task lighting. But dont forget about the natural light.

"When putting a new desk into a home office, a lot of people kind of reflexively put it right up against the wall in the darkest corner of the room," said Linda Varone, author of The Smarter Home Office, on Fast Company. "What theyve inadvertently done is recreated the corporate cubicle. And who wants that? Move your desk close to the windows, but place it parallel to the panes. This ideal set-up gives you the happiness benefits of natural light, and a good reason to turn away from your computer every few minutes to take in the scene."

The right supplies

Just like you do a regular inventory of your kitchen essentials to keep the fridge and pantry well-stocked, you want to do the same in your office. "Dont let yourself get hung up because you ran out of printer ink or cant find a pen," said Small Biz Trends. "A functional office needs supplies and the proper equipment to function."



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