Finally, it’s time for you trading your dusty office for a home office. Because you’re going to start for yourself or because your boss really believes in the new work. Or maybe you just want an extra office to read in, play games or video calling, or your own blog is starting to pay off. Unfortunately, there’s one thing office life helped you with and that is productivity. At home with the laptop on the couch, it’s probably all going a little slower. That’s why it’s important to create a real home office. How do you do that? You read it here.
How do you find the space for your home office?
Find the right place. For this, you have to ask yourself a few questions. Because what do you want to do when you’re in the office? One sits quietly behind a screen, the other wants to be in the weather with a large project board. Do you only have a computer, or other equipment? And do colleagues ever come by or do you have enough of one seat? By asking yourself these questions you find out what space you should use for your home office.
Work next to a window. Or at least near a window. It has been proven that natural light is very important for our mental well-being. Daylight gives you more energy, inspiration and motivation. A dark room gives completely different signals to your body. In addition, it is also very nice if the window can open, so that you also get some fresh air.
Limit noise pollution. Whatever work you do, external sounds won’t help. Neighbors lawnmower, your kids’ cartoon series or your roommate’s music: it distracts. The other way around, it works the same way. No one is waiting for your conference calls or loud brainstorming sessions. Therefore, choose an office in a quiet environment. Do you live together? Then a home office with a door is a plus.
Get creative with space. As outlined above, you create your perfect home office in an instant. However, it becomes a different story if you have little space in the house. Then you have to move your work to an existing place. Preferably a place you don’t use often. Or at least that doesn’t associate you too much with free time. So it’s very bad to work in your bedroom. This makes the brain see the link between sleep and the bedroom less well, making you sleep worse.
How should you set up a home office?
Choose a nice color. Preferably a color that makes you calm and focused. A color you can look at for a long time without getting tired of it. You’re going to spend a lot of hours in your home office, so it’s important to think about this. Then you can paint the wall or incorporate the desired color into accessories such as a sticky tape holder.
Get a good office chair. This is a very important step, as patronising as it sounds. Because probably the sofas and dining chairs in your house are beautiful, but not necessarily suitable for sitting up for hours at a time. To avoid back problems and other similar complaints, it is important to buy a geode office chair.
Also take into account the position of your monitor, because it also affects your posture!
The alternative: a sliding table. It’s becoming more popular, the stand-sitting combination. Both in offices and at home offices. Your body benefits from alternating between sitting and standing. Some people also choose to stand all day, but we personally don’t like working.
The right lighting. For some work, good light is essential. Of course, it’s nice to see what you’re doing. To read your calendar properly, write clear notes and much more. Even if it’s just to decipher a cat bell. At IKEA you can buy the most beautiful lighting for your home office for a few tenners.
Position your computer. Now that everything’s a little in place, it’s time to put your equipment down. You most likely have a computer. Maybe even a second screen. It is important to put the computer at eye level. In this way, your eyes become less tired and your neck is less likely to suffer.
Create a handy layout. Your home office probably consists of multiple drawers. Turn your desk into your ‘main zone’. Here are things you use every day. Like your computer and your calendar. Use other drawers to categorize less used items. (Old) files in one drawer, business cards in the other. Box-related books on the bookshelf and so on.
Buy a plant. Plants in the house are extremely important, we have known that for a long time. That goes for every room in the house. Not least for your home office. A plant lowers stress and gives oxygen. In addition, it is a really nice addition to the interior of your home office. Tip: go for marigold, for example. That’s a long flowering plant with beautiful golden flowers. Inspiring, to chase those golden mountains in your brand new home office!