Home Office Tips
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Going to work used to be part of our everyday life. Then pandemic happened. Everyone started working from home and even today many people still do. The fact, that offices have closed and people had to set up their desks at home impacted the homes and their layout. There are certain ways to boost your concentration when working from home such as taking regular breaks or writing your to-do list. However, it is equally important that your environment is allowing you to relax whilst being productive and motivated throughout the day.
In my view, these are the pillars of having a successful home office setup.
No doubt, your office space should be somewhat private. Try to locate your workstation where your professional life will be as quiet as possible and unlikely to interfere too much with your personal life. Being in the same room as your work makes it exceedingly challenging, if not impossible, to unwind because your office area will serve as a continual reminder of your workload and tension. A spare room makes the perfect location for a home office since you can close the door at the end of the day and "go home," leaving your work behind. In case, you don’t have a spare room, just use your creativity. Set up your little station that you can hide with some pocket doors.
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Use Bespoke Cabinetry
It’s not all about looks — your office needs to be practical and functional as well. Bespoke joinery is the key to a unique design that will serve both practicality and aesthetics. Pre-made furniture usually only comes in one size and we all know the pain when that 1cm is missing. Custom-made furniture is made to suit your space perfectly in size and style and also add the features you need such as additional book shelves, hidden drawers or cabinets.
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Get the Right Desk and Chair
To avoid back and neck problems the essential furniture you need to invest in is a good desk and chair. Starting with the desk, take into consideration how big space you will need for your computer, notepad, books and perhaps other materials you might need. In order to have sufficient space for your belongings and work materials, and enough space to rest your arms you need approximately 75 x120-150 cm long surface. For the depth of your desk, the recommended measurement is at least 80-100 cm and the usual height is about 75 cm. As for the chair, the seat should be 41-45 cm in height and preferably adjustable. Another thing that needs to be for more comfort is the armrest. They should always be adjustable both for height and for sideways movement.
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Think About the Lighting
It's important to think about how to illuminate your office because you don't want to have to squint on bright days or struggle to see the screen at night. You can't beat natural light, so set your desk near a window if you can. However, make sure you have window coverings in place to properly filter sunlight.
As for the source of lights, choose layered ambient, accent, and task lighting with a large pendant lamp, a desk lamp and additional light sources as needed.
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Might not be part of interior design, yet I feel that I need to mention certain gears you can make your life easier whilst working from home. For example, a second screen that makes many tasks so much easier and makes multi-tasking more approachable or set up your desk with office supplies and other stationery that will make the desk organised and clean.