4 Questions To Help Personalize Your Home Office
Since the beginning of 2020, many Americans have created work-from-home spaces. As a result, many workers are pecking away at keyboards in a borrowed space, in a sparse spare bedroom, or even at their kitchen table.
A personalized home office does more than just provide a place to work. How can you design a better office no matter what you're working with? Here are four questions to help you personalize your workspace so that it's a place you will enjoy work and be more productive.
1. How Much Privacy Do You Need?
The general rule of thumb is that a home office should be a quiet place away from family activity, preferably with a door. For many people, this is indeed the best way to ensure productivity and reduce distractions.
However, this isn't the same for all at-home workers. You may thrive while hearing the normal goings-on of your home. If so, don't feel the need to conform by moving to a far corner.
2. What Do You Need Handy?
What do you need to keep near by in order to do your work? This varies from person to person and from job to job.
Write down two lists of supplies, equipment, and furniture. The first list is what you need within an arm's reach, and the second list is what you need in the general area. By identifying what to place around you first, you can accommodate these things from the beginning rather than as an afterthought.
3. What Style Makes You Happy?
The advantage of decorating a home office instead of a regular office is that the décor begins and ends with your taste. Unless you entertain business visitors in it, this space should be all about what makes you feel happy.
Many people start by looking at their home décor since they had a hand in decorating, but you aren't obligated to make the office look like the rest of the house. Have fun with the office, focusing on what you personally enjoy.
4. How Can You Make It Comfortable?
Finally, think about how you work. An office of any type shouldn't sacrifice function for beauty.
Look for good lighting, including task lighting for things like computer work or videoconferencing. Add a comfortable, ergonomic office chair. Many experts suggest orienting the furniture to include a window for mood-boosting natural light. If possible, consider including at least one other chair or work space to retreat to when you don't have to be sitting at your desk.
Where to Start
If decorating your home office — or trying to transform a tiny corner into a functional space — seems like a big job, start by consulting an interior designer in your area. Together, you can design a work area that really works.
Contact a company like Interior Landscapes for more information.