Are you trying to adapt to working from home? Whether you’ve changed working patterns or recently moved, a good home office setup is key. The right space can help you feel comfortable and productive; the wrong space will do the opposite.
Some 44% of workers reported home or hybrid working in a recent government survey. Some will have tried makeshift setups in awkward locations, but few can keep at it this way in the long term. So how can you create a home office you actually want to spend time in?
Below, read five steps for creating a comfortable, productive home office.
Choose the right space
First things first: choosing the right place in your home. This step is simple if you’re lucky enough to have a spare room that you can turn into a dedicated space. If not, you’ll have to get a little more creative.
You could repurpose a portion of another room or even set up in a hallway if it’s bright and spacious enough. Just aim to keep your work and home life as separate as possible by creating clear physical distinctions.
Invest in electrical equipment
Next is choosing the tech you’ll work from. Key items for your shopping list might include a laptop, monitor, mouse and keyboard. Who pays for it will depend on whether you’re self-employed or working for a company that recognises your needs.
Don’t forget about connectivity and security either. Is your current broadband up to the task? On the latter point, a VPN with malware protection will guard against thieves and viruses.
Now it’s time to make yourself comfortable. Some 477,000 workers suffered musculoskeletal disorders in 2021/22. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to protect your physical health, such as:
- Buying an ergonomic office chair to support your back
- Installing a desk so that your forearms are parallel to the ground and your wrist isn’t bent when using a mouse
- Setting your screen(s) at eye level
- Giving yourself ample lighting options for different times of day
Tidy desk, tidy mind. Consider what storage features can keep your workspace organised, stopping devices and papers from taking over.
Many desks come with built-in storage, for example. Think about any relevant extras for your needs, such as files and stationery holders. Open shelving meanwhile can be both practical and easy on the eye if you curate a display.
Add personal touches
Ultimately, your home office needs to become somewhere you want to return to and spend time in. Are there any personal touches and decorations you could add to make it your own?
Framed photos and potted plants are reliable options. You might be motivated by certain quotes too.
Is your home office starting to take shape? Use these starting points to bring your vision to life.