Working from home is increasingly common but sometimes, finding the right workspace can be tough. It all comes down to making the home office as comfortable and functional as possible – and it all starts with the right furniture.
Working from home means more flexibility and a comfier environment, providing that is, you have invested time and money into creating a comfy office. We spend so much time at our desks, that it makes sense to get it right.
Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in the workplace. It covers the various aspects of arranging a workspace that physically supports the user.
It is worth keeping it in mind because get the wrong office chair that doesn’t support your part and typing or using your PC quickly becomes a pain, literally!
What it means in practice is this: whatever your main furniture requirements are, whether that is a desk and chair or a specialist design desk, try them out first. Are they the right height? Can they be adjusted?
Take away – get the right size equipment and furniture that supports you.
Before we get to the exciting bit of talking colour schemes and style, we need to look at another important practical aspect of the home office: lighting.
Poor lighting means we strain our eyes. When this happens, our eyes dry out, we blink more, and sore eyes mean less productivity.
However, lighting that is too bright, too blue or is in the wrong place, are also just as bad. Eye strain is a nuisance and so easily avoidable.
Choose the right level of lighting – opt for dimmable table and ceiling lights – and position your desk where you are not working in shadow.
Make as much use of natural light as possible but again, glare from the sun can be a nuisance just as much as bright, blue light can be.
Take away – choose a combination of lighting solutions so you can adjust and adapt it.
Just because it is a workspace or a home office, doesn’t mean it has to look corporate or overly businesslike. Home working often means uninterrupted lone working for part of most of the day, so how you design and style it is down to you.
But it is important to style it out because, after all, it is a place where you will spend a lot of time. Choose a style that fits with your tastes but bear in mind that function and practicality pip including something just because it ‘looking nice’.
Choose a style that is not fussy and overly complicated. When it comes to cleaning your home office, you want to do nothing more than a quick brush or vacuum of the floor and knock the dust off a few shelves.
Take away – style is important to create a pleasant space in which you can work.
Colour is important because it can both stimulate but stagnate creativity too. Which colours are best for the home office?
Take away – colour can add a sense of style to a space bust choose one that is restful and stimulating in equal measure.
Working from home has so many benefits. You can work when it best suits you, you don’t waste valuable time commuting and work/life balance can be an equilibrium easier to achieve.
But, you have to work at making sure you don’t work, work, work simply because the space is there, the work is piling up and really, what else do you need to do?
Being able to shut the door on your home office is critical to being able to switch off after a busy few days. If you don’t have a door, consider adding a curtain or other means of cutting visual contact with the space.
Better still, opt for office furniture that almost folds away or drawers and cupboards where you can place your laptop and other hardware away where it won’t distract you.
Take away – look for inspiration to create a home office space that promotes an equilibrium between work and life.
Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.