The vast majority of us have experienced working from home over the past year and now many offices are committing staff to a permanent home office setup. In fact, at least 26% of Brits plan to continue to work from home at least occasionally once lockdown measure begin to ease.
Surprisingly though, despite months of working in this way, not everyone has a dedicated home office setup. You could be lacking a proper desk, adequate lighting or even an appropriate chair, all of which are vital for a positive working environment. In fact, these could all have a huge impact on your posture, mood, and overall wellbeing.
How do you make working from home as comfortable as possible?
Here are some top tips:
A room with a view, being able to look out of a window as you work can help boost your mood.
Find the space
First things first, it’s important to find a spot to set up your workstation. Permanently sitting at the kitchen table or even in bed is not going to do your back any good. It’s also wise to find somewhere where you can either close the door or tidy up at the end of the day. This way, you can switch off and maintain a healthy work balance. Consider setting up a spare room in your home, or a prepare a dedicated area in your living room away from distractions.
Pick a position
Once you’ve found a good spot, make sure it is near a window. Not only will you be able to take in the fresh air from outside but a room with a view can do wonders for your wellbeing. Let the natural light flood through your space for the perfect home office setup. Just be sure to avoid too much glare coming onto your computer screen. After all, you don’t want to be squinting all day.
If you can't place your desk near a window, think about adding some landscape pictures to the wall. Perhaps your favourite holiday destination or another fond memory of your favourite walk. It’s always good to look at something positive in your home office setup.
With the right set up, working from home can be a positive experience.
Home office setup lighting ideas
There are a few elements to consider when you are planning lighting around a desk. First and foremost, is to work out where natural light is coming from. Is there enough of it? Do you need to diffuse the intensity with blinds?
Likewise, think about the artificial light you may need. Task lighting, such as a desk lamp while you work is likely to be important. You may even want to buy a salt lamp.
These create a nice warm glow while producing negative ions to help clean the air around you. It’s also important to check the brightness of your computer screen. Is it at a comfortable level? Just be conscious about adjusting it as and when, so you don’t put your eyes under unnecessary strain.
If you’re looking at a screen for long periods of time, you should take regular breaks and adjust the blue light intensity in your settings or add a suitable screen protector.
House plants are a great way to inject nature into your home office setup.
Add some house plants
Biophilic design is key to a great home office set up. House plants can help boost your mood if you’re stuck indoors most of the day, especially if there's not much greenery to view outside. Pick easy-care species, such as snake plants and lucky bamboo – both make great desk companions as they grow well indoors and don’t require much maintenance.
You can also feel more connected to nature by adding natural materials to your office space. A wooden desk, such as our DriftingWood Sheesham Wood design for example, or natural fabrics can help soften your scheme and create a more welcoming environment.
Home office setup accessories
Once you’ve created your preferred look and feel of your home office setup, it’s time to think about some of the more practical pieces. Make sure your mouse and keyboard are positioned in line with correct posture. It may be worth considering a wireless model because you can move them around easily.
Think about what else you might need on your desk – you don’t want to create clutter so a pen pot, pin board and paper file may help keep things tidy.
Walk around when on calls or move around the house to make sure you don’t get a stiff back.
Furnish for function
Both a good desk and an ergonomic chair are vital to maintain your wellbeing while working from home, particularly if you are working long days. You may already have a desk you can use at home, or you may want to invest in a design with added functionality. Pull-out keyboard trays, additional shelving or a corner desk can work well. You could even choose a foldable desk which can be taken down at the end of each day.
If you have tried sitting at a dining chair for a long period of time, you will know how stiff your spine can get. A swivel chair with ample support, however, will help to keep you moving in a good postural position all day long. It needn’t look too ‘officey’ if that’s not your style – check out this wide array of designs from soft leathers to a variety of colours.
While you may want to focus on getting work done sitting down, it’s so important to take plenty of breaks and move around your space. Grab a coffee break when you can, stand up and walk a little while you take phone calls. You can even create a cosy corner in your home office setup where you can rest or read. After all, it really will make all the difference.
Do you have any further tips on how to make your home office set up all the more comfortable? Join the discussion in the comments below!
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