Working at home has become more and more popular in recent time, especially during the pandemic, where employees are forced to stay and work on their office tasks at home. However, there have been some people that have been so used to a work-at-home environment that they already have a home office, which is a space in the house the is used solely for work. If you are one of those people that are new to the work-at-home lifestyle and want to experience having a home office, we are here to provide you with some helpful tips and tricks on how to properly set up an office at home. So, let’s get started by jumping immediately to the first tip.
Get a Sturdy Work Desk
The two most important pieces of furniture that you should have in the home office is the desk and the chair. For the desk, you should find one that is sturdy enough to hold at least a laptop and several heavy items. If you want to get a desktop computer for work, you should also get a proper computer table that has compartments for the CPU, for the keyboard, and also for the wires. Furthermore, if you are experiencing constant back pain, we recommend that you get a standing desk, which is a table that is taller than a regular desk and forces you to stand up while doing office work. Besides relieving back pain, a standing desk can also make you lose calories if you are trying to lose weight.
Buy a Comfortable Chair
As mentioned previously, the chair is one of the most important items that should be present in the home office, and the chair you are going to buy should be comfortable enough for you to be more focused at work without thinking about the pain that your chair is causing. You will know if the chair you are buying is comfortable if it has proper thigh, back, and arm support, which are important so that you won’t experience any muscle pain while working. In addition to support, the material used for the chair should also be noted, as it determines how comfortable the chair is when your skin touches the material. Investing in a comfortable chair will allow you to be less irritated at work.
Choose the Right Wall Color
Believe it or not, the color of your wall actually affects your productivity and positivity while working. According to studies, there are certain colors that will actually give you more energy, and these colors are often vibrant or lively. As such, you should pick colors that naturally give off positive vibes, like light blue, yellow, or green, and avoid getting darker colors for your wall paint. However, if the color is too bright, it may actually distract you more from work, so make sure that there is a balance between vibrant and dark when choosing paint for your home office walls.
Use an Extra Monitor
If you are using a laptop, you would often be frustrated on how small the screen is that you would often have to lean forward and sit in an uncomfortable position just to see what we are working on. Luckily, there is a remedy for this, and that is to get an extra monitor and act as a second screen for your laptop. By having a second monitor, you will be able to see more clearly the task you are going to do if that monitor has a bigger screen. In addition, you also have the benefit of opening multiple tabs and seeing them all at once, which is quite beneficial for those that can get easily dizzy when changing tabs or windows. The second monitor also enables you to multi-task, so you can do one task on one screen while you do a second task on another.
Get a Nice Keyboard and Mouse
The mouse and keyboard is probably the two items that you will be touching or holding a lot while doing office work, so it is essential that they are comfortable and durable. A mechanical keyboard is arguably the best type of keyboard that you can get in stores, as they have a clicky feel that feels tactile and natural while you are typing. In addition, the clickiness of the mechanical keyboard would actually make you feel like you are typing something, so there would be less typing errors compared to membrane keyboards that feel too soft that you aren’t sure if you have already clicked one key. For the mouse, getting one that has an ergonomic design is important, as it will allow your hand to sit more comfortable on the desk.
Add a Couch
The home office is not only made solely for working, as it could also be a place for you to relax or unwind during break times or after work. The best way for you to relax in the home office is by getting a comfortable couch where you can lie down and take a nap, or just read books to keep your mind going while resting. Getting a couch on your home office has some pros and cons, but as long as you can control how much time you spend on the couch, you will be able to enjoy more of the positives of the piece of furniture.
Those are just six tips on how to set up a comfortable and productive environment in your home office. You should always remember that the home office should be considered as you “office away from the office,” which means that you should act professional while inside.