While this lock-down period has been a page-turner in many lives, there was a time when we all were introduced to the term “Work From Home” and guess what? The rest is history. In this time of uncertain situations, we are here to make it better for you, by guiding you to be creative with your Home Office spaces.
Many have made attempts to understand the concept of working from home in their own subjective ways. Although keeping up with the ideas amidst the vigorous Pinterest scrolling can be overwhelming and this piece can help you embrace some ideas that can help you segregate your home-office space.
Let’s cut through the chase and hit the direct chord by talking about the home office tips.
Interior Layout of the Home Office Space
The planning and the interior layout of the home office space preferably complement the comfort and the subjective perspective of the user. Some important pointers to keep in mind when creating or recreating your own home office are:
Incorporating “Feng Shui” Concept:
It is important that your home office space makes you feel energetic rather than lethargic and unproductive. Feng Shui is basically a practice that discusses the balance of energy, the spatial arrangement and the unity of forces leading to a superlative design strategy. The Chinese believe that positive energy comes from the “flow of good chi”. The volume arrangement of the workspace determines the flow of it, and accordingly, the energies and the spaces reflect them back. So, make sure you arrange your space accordingly.
If you are planning to incorporate Feng Shui in your house, make sure to understand the concept of “commanding position”, which talks about the position of your work desk. The best position for your work desk is when the desk is not near the door, nor your back is facing the door. The best position for the placement of your desk is diagonal, and your face should be in the direction of the door entrance. A strong and hard wall is recommended behind, rather than some window opening behind your back.
After figuring out a concept for laying out the zoning of the room, let us now move on to the colour scheme and the decor of the room.
The Base Colour of the Room:
The walls of the room should be in a neutral colour tone so that it doesn’t lay stress on your eyes or body. Some accent elements like a monthly planner on the walls can also be used. Some other office accents like a wall clock or something artsy and personal photos can be hung on the wall.
Placement of Furniture:
Placement of the furniture is another important pointer that you need to keep in mind while adorning your home office. Make sure to add some support for your feet to maintain the basic balance of your body, which would help you control your movement and improve your concentration.
The angle and the positioning of your chair must be comfortable enough for you to work. If you are establishing a whole new home-office space, you can go with wooden furniture or something that can not only help you work but also motivates you to be productive. Adorning the corner with some pen stands and storage options would also add optimism to your little corner layout.
On the other hand, if you are setting up a home office space that is not space-restricted, then make sure there are many options to explore through. People who typically work from home and have an office setup have a separate space or room dedicated to their work.
Choosing the right furniture for your home office:
- Choose chairs that can be adjusted to the desired height, and tilt if you want to rest your back.
- Go for a table with multiple storage options to store some “Home-Office” supplies.
- Set up the monitor or your laptop at an angle that the line of sight is comfortable and lies within the top third of the screen. Even if you are working on a laptop, make sure to not put your laptop directly on your lap.
- The top third of your laptop screen should lie in the direct line of your sight so that you don’t have to stress your neck while reading or working.
Accent lighting also plays a major role in the interiors of the home office. Lighting must be chosen meticulously and should lay scattered focus on the work desk, and not something that gleams in a straight line. Make sure to use neutral lights, which would help you give more screen time. You can also use an LED task light that comes with flexible stands.
Using Correct Accent Elements:
Make sure to add accents that motivate you every day, something that would help you come out of your bed and get to work. Any quote or picture that motivates you to make it through the day can be the perfect accent element for your home office.
De-cluttering and Storage:
De-cluttering is one of the basic steps to put that creative or productive nerve to work. With de-cluttering and organizing your space, you can take charge of your workspace. Sometimes those piles of books lying around can be a hurdle in your productive string.
- Anything that doesn’t serve any purpose to the office must be cleared. And space must be made for things that are important.
- Organize and clear the junk. Make sure to keep your home and office separate.
- Make drawers and make sure to organize your documents accordingly in your Home-Office.
Improve the Air-quality of Your Home Office:
Working in better air quality induces a fresh environment to work in. The people who work in well-ventilated offices tend to have higher analytical scores. A better way to improve the quality of air is by incorporating plants in your home office. In addition to planters, you can also use some non-toxic cleaners to reduce the chemical content in the air. Letting in fresh air via windows, ventilators and doors. And circulating them via a fan is also beneficial for the improvement of the air quality.
Plants that can be used to improve the air quality of your home office:
- Peace Lily- Helps purify the air and also adds the appropriate colour to the interior frame of your home office.
- Spider plant- This is another air-purifying plant that gives out fresh air.
- Snake plant- Another plant that helps in the purification of the air and adds oxygen.
These were some basic tips for making your home office better or defining a space in your home where you can work.
There are many ideas out there telling you how to make your perfect home office. But all of this is pretty subjective, and it comes down to what you want your workspace to be. Above mentioned are some basic tips that can help you enhance or ideate. The concept of a home office by making some minor alterations. Establishing a complete home office or a workable space or a corner in your home requires an equal amount of thought and effort. Be it freelancing or any other professional field, working from home is as stressful as working from the office. But, with the concept of home-office, you get the liberty to curate the space according to you and make the best that you can.
It is best if your position is adjacent to the window. This way, an adequate amount of sunlight will enter your space.
The desk must be placed as close as it can to the natural light source.
Although it is a thumb rule to have the desk facing the entryway door, a lot of it depends upon the subjective choices that you make while designing your home office.