Setting up a home office provides a rare opportunity to devise a work space that helps you be your happiest and most productive, all while reflecting your distinctive personality. Converting a space into a productive home office first should cover the basics. That includes selecting a room in the home that has a view, when possible; applying warm, pleasing colors; and making sure functionality doesn’t take a back seat to style. Beyond that, three simple tips can help transform your office into a space where you can enjoy spending several hours a day.
Let there be light
A lot of research indicates a link between lighting and productivity, mood, and creativity. Natural light is best, and it should be supplemented with ample lighting in the office. In addition to aesthetics, lighting can affect whether a home office is a place of ideas and results or something less.
Put everything in its place
It doesn’t take loads of academic study—though there is plenty of it—to know clutter in a work environment affects productivity. At its most basic, clutter makes it hard to find what you need when you need it. Beyond that, a disorganized work space affects focus and thus to the chance to be productive. It’s important to have plenty of shelving, cabinets, and other storage in a home office so that supplies and other necessities are close by yet out of the way.
Don’t cut corners on the chair and desk
You may be sitting for long periods. That makes your office desk and chair the most important articles in your space, yet it’s easy to overlook their importance. Choose wisely with attention to comfort, space, and ergonomics without sacrificing uniqueness.
The ideal home office should reflect your personal style and preferences without sacrificing function. In a space where comfort and productivity blend like no other, covering the basics—furniture, lighting, and storage—goes a long way toward making your home office a place you’ll love to go to each day.