For many, remote work has become the new normal -- and brings some unique problems.
Whether you’re a telecommuting juggernaut or need to carve out a small workspace on the fly, the idea of working within your living space does not have to mean working from your dining room table. The solution to an efficient home workspace is finding items that make life better for everyday work situation. However, this place should also spark joy as you have to sleep here also.
From space-saving desks to energy-efficient interior shutters, here are five easy office ideas that allow you to work from home easier.
Your Home Office Should Be A Defined Space
While plopping down on the sofa and banging away on your laptop may look nice initially, not delineating “home mode” from “work mode” can become a damper to your psyche.
If you don’t already, make a committed office space in your house. This place should be work-first, distinct from non-work chores. This may help you avoid interruptions. You don’t have to have an oversized oak desk and a bookcase full of research materials, but at the very least try to use a corner table and seat that’s only for work.
Have a corner in your living room that would double as a workspace? Create a hidden cubicle in your room by adding an attractive, elegant sliding barn door or panel track to divide the room.
Use A Desk That Fits With Your Work Tools
When a lot of the workday is spent seated, you should consider a surface that gives ergonomic support while accommodating your spatial needs. That means finding the perfect work surface.
Now, a word to the wise: don’t go for a “that will do” desk solution. A decorative table that disguises as your desk during business hours will only invite frustration. You should use a surface that conforms to your work needs. If you only use a laptop then a mini office desk or dedicated table can work. But if you’re stacking books and papers, or prefer a dual-screen desktop setup, you need a wider surface.
If you don’t want to buy a conventional desk, build one from alternative materials. An old door or MDF board on top of two pedestals can easily transform into a versatile work center. When you finally use the perfect workspace, the easier work from home becomes in Philadelphia.
Adjust Natural Sunlight When You Use The Right Window Treatments
Balanced lighting can greatly affect your next video conference. Not enough backlight and you’re covered in darkness, but too much sun glare, and you’re looking like a ghost. The amount of sunlight can also greatly affect your concentration.
To make work at home easier, you should install a window treatment that can direct natural light. Plantation shutters, for example, have louvers that can be adjusted so that your home office always has the right amount of natural light without any glare. They can muffle outdoor racket, like cars or playing kids. And if your interior shutters are crafted from Polywood®, they’re also energy-efficient.
Luckily, Polywood shutters are an aesthetically wonderful addition to your home office and are simple to dust and operate.
Change Out Your Seat From That Uncomfortable Chair
After some time in your improved work space, you start to realize that using that hard kitchen chair just isn’t holding up.
Opt for an an actual office chair to make your life easier, or improve your chair with a back support insert to have it last until you decide on your next chair. Or, you can opt for a standing desk, and then your kitchen chair might work.
Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
One of the advantages of work from home is that you can organize the room outside the traditional cubicle floor plan. But sometimes settling on the best order takes time and some experimentation. And sometimes it takes thinking from beyond the cube.
Keep asking yourself about what the best way to set up the office. You might need two computer monitors instead of one 15-inch laptop. You might even prefer three. Or maybe you work best by using a wireless keyboard and mouse and a few larger screens hung on the wall. From standing desks to overstuffed couches -- it’s how you like it. And if that doesn't work, just switch it all without filing an expense report.
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