What’s the first thing you do when you walk into your home office? Is it to head straight for the desk and start working on some project or task? If so, then you’re not alone. A recent study by Staples found that over two-thirds of respondents (68%) said they spend most of their time in their workspace. And while some people like to keep things minimalistic with just a desk and chair, others want to create an oasis within their workspace—one where they can both get work done and relax at the same time. They want the right lighting with flush mount ceiling lights and a comfortable chair.
This article will take a look at different ways to design your home office so that it is functional and comfortable.
1) Add some plants
Adding some plants to your workspace can help you relax and reduce stress which is essential. If you’re stressed out, it’s unlikely that the quality of work being done will be high. Fortunately, there are lots of affordable options when it comes to choosing plants for an office space. One great choice is a bamboo palm plant, as they take little upkeep and look great.
2) Use a floating shelf
Using a floating shelf or two instead of just mounting your TV on the wall will give you some extra space to store items. And if you have an old record player, then it can also serve as a convenient place to set that up. It will look great, too. In addition, having those shelves right next to the TV means that you can use it as a place to store your video game consoles, controllers, and games.
3) Add a couple of chairs
If you live alone, then having an extra chair or two around the house isn’t that big of a deal. But if others frequently use your home office, then it might be wise to invest in some additional seating. This will give them somewhere to sit down and relax when they’re in the room.
4) Use some blinds
Using some drapes or blinds on the windows is an excellent idea for those who like to spend time in their home office both day and night. This will allow them to control how much sunlight gets into the room, making it more comfortable to work there if they’re sensitive to light (or save energy costs during the winter months).
In addition, it’s nice to have some curtains or blinds on hand for those times when you want a little more privacy than usual. This can be helpful if you need to take calls from clients and don’t want them overhearing your conversation (or vice versa), as well as during those late nights spent working where you don’t want anyone outside to be able to see what you’re doing.
5) Use a standing desk
As mentioned earlier, one of the main problems with working in an office is that it’s often boring to sit there for hours on end. If you’ve experienced this before and would like to avoid doing so again, perhaps investing in some ergonomic standing desk or other alternatives (such as a treadmill) will be helpful.
This will allow you to stand up as you work (ideally wearing comfortable shoes) and keep your blood flowing throughout the day, which can reduce those feelings of fatigue that come from sitting for hours on end. And it’s much healthier than doing so while seated in a chair, especially if you’re like most people who spend over nine hours a day sitting down.
6) Use some wall stickers
Using wall decals or other types of cool wall art can turn your home office into a place where you want to spend time. To get the most out of this, it’s best to choose designs that are related in some way to work so that they remind you why you’re there. For example, if you create a graphic design for a living, then there are many ways to incorporate your work into what’s on the walls.
Or if you do something else in an office setting (such as sales or customer service), then there is likely some logo or another symbol from your company out there—and it would be simple enough to print one of them out, cut it to size and put in up on the wall. It doesn’t matter what you do. Make sure that there is something related to your work so that you don’t feel bored when spending time at home.
7) Decorate with flowers
Working in an office can be a lot more enjoyable if it has some lovely decorations. You can simply purchase things from the store as things like plants and wall art have been shown to improve happiness levels when placed around the room where you spend most of your time at work. In addition, they also help to improve the air quality (and thus reduce fatigue) by absorbing some of those toxins that can build up in an office.
So if you want to spend money on things like plants, consider getting something beautiful, such as tulips or daisies, from your local flower shop. It’s a simple way to make your home office more enjoyable.