When considering a job that allows you to work from home you should keep in mind that this kind of gig can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you don’t have to commute to the office each day, you can work your own designated hours and can enjoy more freedom. On the other, you have a house full of distractions that can pull you away from your work.
If you need some help setting up your home office space, here are a few tips for creating a practical and distraction free setting:
1. Designate Your Space
When you’re thinking about creating an at home office space, consider the location. Ask yourself if you’ll want a more secluded and quiet area or if you would rather work in an area of the home that’s open and frequently used. If you plan to have clients over, HGTV recommends using a private space of your home that is away from distractions.
HGTV also suggests using an area of the home that has a view. Position your desk near a window, or if you’re located in a windowless room, hang inspiring artwork on the walls to create a warm, homey feeling. Having something pleasant to look at other than your computer screen is a must.
2. Design Your Space
Once you’ve positioned your office, it’s time to start designing. First, consider the color of the room. Instead of using the traditional office colors like cream and white, get creative and use paint colors that inspire you like cheery orange hues or soft, calming greens. Just be sure to choose a color that’s not too dark.
Natural light can help reduce eyestrain and headaches. So, let in natural light by dressing your windows with light and airy window coverings versus heavy and dark drapes. Solar shades can help reduce glare while letting plenty of natural light into the room. If you’re set up in a windowless room, create your own light by placing a small lamp with soft lighting on your desk.
If you’re strapped for square footage, consider organizing the room vertically and horizontally to take advantage of the space that the room offers. Use floating shelves to get papers and documents off of your desk and organized. Cube storage can also be a space-saving, yet chic, way to store important files and makes a great alternative to bookshelves.
3. Personalize Your Space
After you’ve picked your location and designed your home office space, it’s time to personalize your work space. Just because this new area of the home is an office doesn’t mean it has to be poorly decorated or stuffy. To make it more comfortable, choose homey accents that tie into the rest of your home. Let your personality show by hanging inspirational prints that reflect your style or pepper the room with fun office accessories like a brightly-colored wastebasket or your favorite mug and colorful notepads.
Lastly, it’s important to invest in great furniture, especially a great chair. Your office chair can be as traditional or as modern as you want it, but an ergonomic chair can help you perform your best.
Once you’ve set everything up in your home office space you can be on your way to being a happier and more productive employee, even if you are working from the comfort of your own home.
If you work from home, we’d love to hear from you! What tips or suggestions do you have for those that are new to working from home?