The space we work in has a huge impact on our productivity!
Who wants to sit down in an environment that is uninspiring and dull?
We should all design our desk space and office environment that meets our needs, keeps us organized, and motivates us to work.
In today’s article, we are going to discuss how to:
- Choose the right office space that will allow you to successfully complete your work.
- I’ll share the most important aspects of any home office, from the noise level to lighting.
- The best furniture and accessories that you’ll actually want to sit down and work in.
- All about the best office chairs, desks, plants, and office supplies that allow for practicality and style.
So, let’s get into the simple home office ideas that will increase your productivity and positively change the way you work from home!
4 Quick Must Haves in the Office
A home office that will increase your productivity and be an environment you’ll actually want to work in needs to have these 4 essentials! Pick which room or space your office should be in based on these must-haves!
I’ve spoken about the importance of natural light several times on this blog. A window in your office space actually makes a huge difference in how efficient you are. This is because sunlight directly impacts your mood and productivity.
By how much you ask?
Research from Cornell University has shown that natural lighting can increase your productivity by up to 2%. That mere 2% increase in productivity is the equivalent of adding $100,000 annual value for every 100 workers.
Pretty incredible right? Some more benefits of natural light are:
- Reduced eye strain
- Fewer reports of headaches
- Improved mood
- Less drowsiness
- Fewer mistakes
This emphasizes how productivity and overall satisfaction are directly linked to natural lighting.
So, you should choose an office space that has a big window with lots of natural light throughout the day.
Little to No Noise
Privacy is needed when it comes to working from home. The last thing you need is the sound of the television interrupting your essay writing or conference call.
Unfortunately, there are so many things that can distract us at home. From the sound of your neighbours, the radio, your parents cooking, or your siblings arguing, you may feel like it’s impossible to find a space that has little to no noise.
But, don’t fret. Choose a space that is as far away from the central area of distraction in your home – like the living room, office, or your siblings bedroom.
Next, find ways that will enable you to work distraction free. For example, you can ask your family to turn down the TV or restrict it to a certain time of day. You can also simply tell them you don’t want to be disturbed.
Designating your work space as a quiet space will allow you to work more efficiently and confidently. Dedicate other areas as loud spaces to effectively separate the two.
You can also tone down the noise with headphones and white noise! Point is, if you want productivity, you need to make sure your environment is suitable for that.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: your home office should preferably be in a room that is entirely separate from the rest of your home.
You should be able to walk out of that room and shut off your work life.
Now, for some students, this is difficult. Most students live in a dorm room and only have one space to work with. Or, we just have our bedroom in our house that we can use.
In that case, the separation that we need cannot be achieved in that manner. But, we can still find other ways to separate our workspace from our regular space.
Try putting your desk on the opposite wall from where your bed is. Or, you can use a curtain or screen to separate the two!
Explore the options that work for you, your budget, and your personal style!
A Minimal Layout
Simplicity and functionality are the two words you should keep in mind when designing an office space.
You need your work environment to be simple in the way it is organized. You don’t want distractions or useless items in your space.
Instead, you want a minimal layout with everything you need at your fingertips.
That means keeping the items you occasionally need within reach but out of sight. Only have what is necessary so your mind will remain focused on the task at hand.
This means removing magazines, books, and other papers from your space and putting them in another area.
This leads me to the next section of this article…
Setting Up Your Home Office
Let’s cover the important details you should keep in mind while selecting furniture and decor for your home office! Plus, I’ll share some tips of where you can purchase items that fit the budget and some of my personal favourites!
I would argue that the office chair you use is the most important piece of furniture you will purchase for your office space.
Your office chair needs to be comfortable because it is what you are going to be spending hours sitting on. The last thing you need is back pain while trying to get work done.
So, make sure you spend some time contemplating which chair will suit your needs.
Do not choose an office chair only because of it’s appearance. Many people, myself included, have made that mistake once and I regret it!
Do pick a chair that focuses on comfort, pressure distribution, natural alignment, and healthy movement.
Consider what your optimal chair would have:
- A focus on your lower or upper back?
- Extra padding?
- Adjustable arm rests?
- Back angle adjustment?
Once you know what you want, it’s time to do research. There are several chairs that will fit the budget – you don’t need to spend more than $300!
Ask yourself these questions:
- How much space do I have?
- How high do I want to be off the ground?
- Do I want the desk to have storage?
- Do I want it to be compatible with technology? Like built in data ports and USB hubs?
- How much do I value pleasing aesthetics aka appearance?
These questions will help you narrow down some of the key elements your optimal desk would have.
All you have to do now is search for a desk that matches that criteria – and trust me, it’s not difficult.
Some of my favourite stores that have the best desks are: IKEA, Wayfair, JYSK, Staples, Crate and Barrel, and Bouclair!
Where are your textbooks, binders, mail, etc going to go if you don’t have an organized storage space?
We should begin and end the workday with a clear desk.
The important thing to consider is how much storage space you really need. Be honest with yourself and really think about it.
Is it minimal? Do you barely have any items that can be stored? If so, you may just need a small cabinet or a shelf with organizers.
Or, do you have a lot of items that need to be efficiently stored with easy accessibility? In that case, a bookcase or large cabinet would be needed.
Having the right amount of storage is not only practical but efficient. It will make your desk space much more systematic and tidy! You’ll also become more focused and structured.
Laptop stands, plants, notebooks, desktop organizer, dry erase boards, file baskets, and more! Accessories are a great way to make your home office more than just a work space.
Plus, did you know that workers are 15% more productive when there are houseplants and decor around?
Amazing, right? Accessories are so simple but they will make your home office more comfortable, enjoyable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Here are some of my favourites:
- A laptop Stand – specifically the mStand by Rain design. Let’s talk about being comfortable and constructive! Crafted entirely from strong aluminum, this accessory features a neat cable organizer and a design that facilitates better airflow around your laptop and prevents it from overheating. It also prevents you from having to place any strain on your muscles from looking down on your desk.
- A Linen Pinboard. The perfect backdrop for displaying photos, notes and artwork. This will make your desk space more personable and enjoyable. You won’t mind facing artwork for hours!
- A File Bin. Every home office needs help in staying organized! File bins range from all different sizes, colours, and styles. You can pick one that hangs on a wall so it doesn’t take up space on your desktop!
- Plants. Don’t forget about our green friends. Plants are important in a workspace because they boost creativity, help to absorb background noise (I know right?!) and helps reduce stress! Research has shown that lucky bamboo is the perfect office plant! Succulents work great as well.
That’s all we have for our work-from-home office tips! Maybe we will cover more office space related articles in the future…
Remember, everyone – have fun while designing your home office space – but keep it practical too.
As always, if you have any questions, let me know in the comment section below. If you need more information, feel free to fill out our contact us form here.
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I hope you can create your dream office space! Good luck to all of you!