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10 Tips for Creating a Stylish AND Functional Home Office
Working from home is increasingly common but many of us are still squeezing ourselves into a tiny corner that is about as much fun as working in a drab cubicle.
But with these 10 tips, you are sure to get a stylish, practical and functional space.
#1 Browse responsibly
By this we mean take care when spending hours on Pinterest looking at fantastic ideas for home offices. They may not be the style or place that ensures a comfortable 50-hour working week!
Inevitably, with many of these designs, there will be too much ‘environmental distraction’ and we don’t need too many excuses to procrastinate or avoid something we really should be doing…
#2 Ergonomic design
A benefit of working from home is that you can create a space that is built around you. And that means an ergonomic desk (that is, at the right height), a pleasant and comfortable office chair etc. If you are going to be sat for hours on end building your empire, you need to do so with a high degree of comfort.
#3 Embrace natural light as much as possible…
The best light to work in is natural light. As well as helping to cast light on your work, it also helps you to feel better about life in general because natural light is good for the mind, body, soul and concentration levels.
#4 … but have plenty of ambient light too
Even with natural light pouring in through the windows, you still need some additional lighting on darker evenings or overcast, grey days. Choose table lamps or desk lamps for optimum effect.
#5 Creative storage solution
Half way through our list and we address the need for storage. Everyone has different storage needs and thus, boxes and drawers may just not cut it. Get creative or, better still, invest in bespoke home office storage solution.
#6 Comfy space
We are used to sitting at our desk because that is what we are used to but, like larger companies such as Google, businesses are finding that providing comfy workspace, such as a sofa or chairs, helps with production. Great for a change of scenery, if you have the space consider adding a comfy chair.
Greenery or plants in the office has been shown to improve the work environment and help people to concentrate, as well as making it a more pleasant space. Don’t go overboard but consider adding a plant or two to your home office.
#8 Changeable accessories
Family photos, cartoons and other inspiration accessories are all well and good but, say psychologists, we become so used to having them in our space they become like wallpaper. Change these momentous around from time to time to keep the appearance of your home office fresh.
#9 Hide other stuff away
If there is stuff that is essential but you don’t want to look at, hide it away.
#10 Plenty of essential items
There are times when we simply need to get down to it but constantly popping in and out for pens, pencils, finding more staples etc. interrupts your workflow. Keep your office well stocked and with essential items close by.