If you’re working from home, having a designated office space is essential. Meet Stephanie Kennedy, Customer Care Manager, and your guide to designing a functional home office. Here are her top tips on how to build a space that works for you.
Are there certain components of a home office that people don’t usually consider but should?
For those working from home now, it can help to try to replicate your typical work set up. Set up your monitors, phone and task lighting in the same configuration as you are familiar with in your normal office setting. This can make the transition a little more comfortable and help with your work flow.
Do you have tips for how to arrange furniture in a home office?
It’s about making the most of the area you have to work with and thinking about what’s most important to you for your workspace. As with any room, the arrangement should have a flow that feels comfortable and, in this case, productive. Capitalizing on a window and natural light is also something we recommend.
Never work from bed! Though it may seem cozy at first, it’s important for your mental and emotional health to have a clear division between work time and leisure time.
What should people consider when choosing a desk?
Before buying your desk, it helps to have an idea of the amount of workspace your equipment takes up. We often think the wider the desk the better, but it’s incredible how much more functional a deeper surface (30” versus 24”) can be when you do a lot of typing on a daily basis.
When choosing an office chair, what should people consider?
We’re big fans of chairs with an ergonomic design that can be adjusted to your body. Seat height and lumbar support are crucial for long days at a desk.
What ideas do you have for a couple or partners who are sharing a home office?
If you can, try to set up separate workstations in different rooms of your home. This can be tough in small spaces and you may need to get creative (for example, put one desk in the living room, one in the bedroom), but the physical boundary of walls between you as you work will psychologically help establish work life vs. personal life.
If separate spaces within the home aren’t possible, a U-shape desk is a nice option. This can allow two people to work back to back to allow for more focus while still taking advantage of the shared resources.
How should people approach bookshelves?
Many of us tend to overload our bookshelves. Organized shelves are a great opportunity to elevate the style of a room while enhancing their functionality. Take some time to sort through the books and items you rarely use to give away to a friend or donate.
What type of lighting works best for an office?
A good rule of thumb for any room is to try and incorporate three light sources, like a task lamp, a floor lamp and your overhead lighting. The brighter the space, the more energetic you will feel!
What should people consider when it comes to office wall art?
Just like with bookshelves, it can be easy to go overboard with the amount of art you choose to hang on walls. It’s a good idea to limit the focal points in the room to one or two walls. This will ensure your office doesn’t feel too bogged down with clutter. With that said, choose what you love and makes you happy.
Check out our free design services and let us assist you in creation of your ideal work-from-home office setup or a virtual classroom for your kids.