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Mar 3, 2020

How to Design the Perfect Home Office

Your home office should be more than a place to accomplish tasks. Instead, it should be a comfortable environment that inspires you to do your best work. Whether you work from home or just need a place to spend a few hours paying bills and doing paperwork, there’s a lot that goes into designing an optimized home office. Check out some of our favorite tips:

Give yourself plenty of space
When picking your office space in your house or apartment, make sure you are giving yourself a comfortable amount of space to work in. You’ll want to ensure that you have enough room for your desk, chair, shelving, etc. Don’t be afraid to turn your rarely-used guest room into an office that you will use much more frequently.

Think about storage
You’ll most likely want ample storage space for documents, paperwork and books. Explore different shelving and storage options and think about what will best suit your needs. Use Pinterest for inspiration and shop around before making a final decision.

Put a lot of thought into your desk and chair
You’re going to be using this furniture a lot! Make sure both your desk and chair are optimized for comfort and productivity. When selecting an office chair, check to make sure that all components of the chair are adjustable before purchasing. For your ergonomic health, it’s also best to choose a chair that allows for bouncing and rocking. Similarly, you may want to consider investing in a standing desk to avoid the back pain and sedentary lifestyle that can be caused from fixed-height desks.

Natural light
If possible, pick an office space that allows for plenty of natural light. Natural light has been known to improve your mood and can help reduce eye strain from working on your computer. If you do take advantage of natural light, consider placing your desk so that you’re facing the window. This will prevent the natural light from creating a glare on your screen and will allow you to enjoy the view outside your window. You can enhance brightness by painting your office a light color or adding a mirror to the room.

Paint the walls
Are you someone who needs muted grays and beiges to feel at ease? Do bright colors help you feel motivated? Think about what mood you would like your home office to amplify and paint the walls accordingly.

Personalize your accessories
Give your office a homey feel with cozy knickknacks and accessories. Different accessories will inspire you in a variety of ways. For example, college memorabilia may remind you of cherished memories but a photo of your pets, children or family may motivate you, reminding you why you do what you do.

Stay on top of cleaning and organization
As much as you should focus on the physical design of your home office, it’s also important to focus on general upkeep for your mental health. Keep your home office tidy to reduce stress and anxiety and clean frequently to keep the space welcoming.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to spruce up your current office, use these tips to design a workspace that’s perfect for you!

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