The requirements for a home office are different for everyone: it is convenient for someone to work in creative chaos with a large board of inspiration, while someone needs perfect order when everything unnecessary is removed and there are a minimum of things on the table.
We turned to the pros to create a universal checklist for organizing the workspace.
What a home office should look like depends on your field of activity, duration of work and the need to make video calls via zoom and skype.
If you are a blogger, then you need equipment for filming, a place for a camera, light, sound. Also important is the ability to transform the space around you with decor, light and color.
If you are a young mother with a child and your main activity is concentrated on the Internet, you can place a playpen or a corner with toys next to the workplace.
If you work as a psychologist, it is better to isolate the office for visiting and arrange a place for video calls.
Are you an artist? I know from my own experience, you need racks, shelves and drawers for a variety of materials and thoughtful lighting for working in the evening. It should also be able to scatter canvases, brushes, paints and fabrics around.
So, let’s take a look at the most important elements of the workspace.
The main components of a home office are a table and a chair. These two items should be as comfortable as possible.
If you want to avoid problems with the spine and vision, then follow the rule of right angles. When you are sitting, your knees and feet should be at a 90-degree angle to the floor, and the same angle should be maintained between your thighs and torso.
It is convenient when the back of the chair is solid, even, smooth, when there is an adjustable spinal cushion and a headrest to relieve the cervical spine.
There are many table options. Choose it to suit your style of work. If you are an artist and paint, then you need a well-lit large wide table with the ability to store paints in drawers or on shelves.
If you mainly work at a laptop or tablet, then a small table with a thoughtful charger for gadgets, perhaps with a laptop stand, wireless charger for your phone, with evening lighting will be enough.
And the printer can be hidden in a closet or put into a drawer, connected via Wi-Fi. From experience I will say that it is comfortable to work at a table with a width of 50 cm or more.
There are many options for lighting your home office, depending on your work style. If the office is located in a common room, for example, a living room or bedroom, it is worth considering separate lighting so as not to disturb other household members.
If you are working in a separate room, then you can think of general and spot lighting that suits your style of work.
And two more important points!
In order to save space, you can place your home office behind the doors of a built-in closet, but consider the size, lighting, and whether you can sit there for several hours.
You can equip a mini-office on a wide window sill by the window, in a wall recess, on a balcony, in a bedroom, in a living room, under the stairs (if you live in a private house) or between cupboards. The main thing is to take into account the specifics of your work in order not to miss the nuances that are important for comfortable and productive work.
Do not locate the work area in a walk-through area or in a draft. It is also uncomfortable to sit with your back to the door or to the rest of the room, and it is better to sit sideways or with your back to the window.
If too much light falls on your table and it heats up from the sun, hang pleated blinds, roman blinds or roller blinds. If space for your home office is too small, use wall shelves to free up space on the desk.
Add those details that inspire you and stimulate you to set new cool goals.
Dilute the working atmosphere with decorative details and nice little things – it can be a vase, an interesting shelf, a small picture as a field for relaxation, plants, photographs of your loved ones, motivational posters.
Working from home can be tricky – there are many distractions: petting a cat, making tea, watching Instagram. However, if you set up a smart home office that has the right atmosphere, your work from home will be productive and fun!