They say home is where the heart is, however as of late for so many Australians, home is where the office is. And although many are slowly returning to the traditional office workplace, working from home is expected to become the ‘new normal’ and a way of the future for so many individuals and businesses.
The unexpected relocation that took place in early 2020 meant many workers have been sending emails and making phone calls from their dining room table and chair, or worse-yet, from the comfort of their bed while still wearing their Easter bunny pyjamas and fluffy slippers. But while it may have seemed fun in the beginning, designing a dedicated, inspiring and comfortable workspace is paramount, in order to maintain positive work/life balance and work productivity. Below we have listed our tricks and tips on how to design a home office space where you really will not mind working overtime.
Whether it is a separate room, or a nook in your hallway – the fit out can be as simple as a desk, appropriate chair and upper cabinetry. Decorate it with as much accessory as you would any other space, but also remember the old saying, “less is more” – clutter only gets in the way of productivity.
Research has proven that natural light helps people be more productive, happier, healthier and more zen. When thinking about the workspace, try to situate yourself near a window, and keep coverings to a minimum. A beautiful way of dressing the windows is by installing sheer curtains or a light blind as they are not as dense as say a block out curtain.
KEEP IT TIDY
It is not very visually appealing when cords and cables are running rampant. You can find awesome solutions for cable tidying at Officeworks, or even use Velcro wraps which can be strapped under the desk as a sneaky hiding place.
Well positioned greenery will only ever be a beneficial addition to a home office and when we consider their air purifying properties, we do not have one excuse to not invest in some beautiful plants. They bring a sense of tranquility, reduce noise and give you something calming to look at while working away.
When seated, your feet should rest firmly on the floor with your legs parallel. Find a seating solution that provides ample back support, supporting the natural curve of your spine. We recommend selecting the work chair first, and then purchase a desk to suit. Your elbow height should be at desk height, as this allows the forearms to rest parallel to the floor.