Nearly 25% of the workforce does some or all of their work from a home office. Most homeowners don’t have a dedicated home office and working at the kitchen table is not the most comfortable place to spend 8 hours. They are feeling the imbalance in their work space. Trying to create the perfect home office that is both comfortable and functional isn’t easy.
If you don’t know where to begin creating the right space for your home office, your body will probably tell you. Your back will probably not enjoy sitting at your kitchen table for very long. Before you end up in traction here are some steps to creating not only a comfortable home office but one that looks good too.
Start With Lighting
The average person spends something like seven hours a day in front of their computer screen and while having the room as bright as possible may seem like a good idea. The glare from your computer monitor makes you strain your eyes and you need to direct the light away from the computer screen. So when you start creating your home office try and make light come in from the side and supplement that light with a desk lamp or two.
Here are some lighting tricks you can use to avoid glare on your screen:
- Shine your desk lamp onto your paperwork instead of directly at the computer screen
- Put the window and the natural light beside you and not in front of or directly at the screen
- Remember your monitor tilts so you tilting your head isn’t necessary
Now it is Time for the Furniture
If you don’t have the budget to create a whole home office you can’t afford not to get a good chair, even if you continue to work at the kitchen table. Don’t buy the pretty chair, buy the chair that is comfortable and make sure you try it out before you bring it home. The second thing you want is a good warranty. Your backside will be spending 8 hours a day so you want to be able to send it back if it isn’t comfortable.
Every part of the chair needs to be adjustable, you need armrests and the ability to adjust the height of the seat. The chair needs to work for you and your body. A chair that will move in a complete circle and both bounces and rocks. Look for a chair with a flexible height, we’re not all 5’10”. A short person in a tall chair is going to have a sore back. Some other features you might want to look into if budget allows are footrests, anti-fatigue mats and you might want to at some keyboard platforms too.
Play with the Layout
Change is the only constant and that is particularly true when it comes to business. As your business changes so will your home office needs. You will change the hours you work, you will take conference calls and if you work in any tech field you probably won’t have much need for a filing cabinet. Put your home office together in a way that is flexible instead of permanent.
Use furniture that is on wheels and shelving units can be changed. Personalize the workspace so that you are comfortable there while keeping it ergonomically efficient. No matter whether you start with the desk or pictures on the wall make your space an area where you can be productive and comfortable.