How to Create Your First Home Office
Quarantine measures and restrictions on mass gatherings caused by the Coronavirus has forced many people to work from home. Although it’s a lot more convenient, it is also quite an adjustment.
If you’ve never worked from home before, you may find it difficult to be productive in a place that’s not designed for office use. But there’s something you can do to adjust to this new normal.
Just a few tweaks in one of your rooms or unused space and you can create your first home office that’s well conducive for work.
Offices are well-lit to promote enthusiasm, positivity, and productivity among employees. The same should be the case for your first home office if you want to improve your work performance. You can achieve this by letting more natural light into the room and positioning your home office desk near the window. Just make sure to position your laptop or desktop strategically to avoid hurting your eyes from the glare.
You will need an LED lamp to augment the remaining light in the afternoon, while an even and warm ambient light should illuminate the room during the night. Make sure not to work directly under the glare of overhead lights. Position your desk at an angle or find a way to scatter the harsh light like using desk lamps and floor lamps.
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Do you have a spare room at home? Maybe no one’s using the attic? You can take advantage of unused space in your property such as the nook under the stairs, the landing, your outdoor space, or a part of the garage. Whichever you choose, the important thing is that it fits your work needs.
If your work requires quietness for concentration, then building a home office in the garage or garden should fit you well. If you run a small business and have a lot of files, equipment, and accessories to utilise, using your attic space or an entire spare room could be a great idea. On the other hand, if all that you need is a laptop, desk, and a chair to get you going, then a workstation on the landing or under the stairs will probably do.
To create your first home office, you need to prepare the basic tech requirements, like a computer and an internet connection. If you have wireless connectivity at home, make sure that’s strong enough to reach your chosen office position. As for your laptop or desktop, load it up with the necessary programs like MS Office or similar apps, PDF reader, Image editors, and anti-virus. Install a video conferencing app such as Skype, Zoom, or CISCO WebEx because you’ll need it for sure for online meetings, and don’t forget to make sure that you have access to your company email.
A printer and a scanner will come in handy when exchanging signed documents to your colleagues, so include that to your checklist. Lastly, you need to think about how to power all your tech equipment. If there are no available power points near your chosen home office space, then you should start creating one. Alternatively, you can purchase a power pack to conveniently charge your gadgets.
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Though working from home, you still have to organise your stuff so you can work efficiently and effectively. That’s why you need to include ample storage spaces in your home office, which can be a cabinet, shelves, or a mobile pedestal drawer. By having enough storage at your office space, you’ll avoid accumulating clutters on your desk, which can be very distracting while working. It will also allow you to display non-work-related items that’ll keep you motivated like books, small ornaments, or a music system.
To complete your first home office, you need to include the right pieces of home office furniture that are ergonomic-friendly. These include a desk that has the ideal height for you and a chair that offers great back support. The chair should also support the natural curve of your spine and allow your feet to rest flat on the floor when seated.
Sitting for long hours is not a healthy habit. So, consider buying a desk with adjustable height that will enable you to stand while working for several hours. Aside from the furniture, you would also want to get some ergonomically designed office accessories like a curved keyboard, memory-foam mouse pad, adjustable laptop stand, and a gel-filled wrist rest.
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With these things in mind, you create a workspace that will help you adjust seamlessly to a work-from-home set up and keep you as enthusiastic and productive as you were in the office. If you’re planning to work in your home office for a longer period, then it would be best to have one that’s professionally built.
Renovare can provide you exactly what you need. Have a look at our completed renovation projects here.
With our team of experienced builders, Renovare can give you the best office set-up at home that’s expertly designed to suit your available space, budget, and other work-related needs. Not only can we help you transform your home space to a great office, but we’ll also make sure it goes well with the overall style and design of your home.
Call us today at 1300 049 516 and let’s work together to create your first home office.