Over the last couple of years, many of us were forced to work from home and we scrambled to set up make-shift offices. Kitchen tables doubled as our desks, the couch became our new office chair, or our co-workers got an intimate look into our bedrooms during every single Zoom meeting.
One positive outcome that came from years past is that some of us will continue to be able to work from home periodically, if not full-time, and now it is time to set up a more permanent space in our homes. But how do we do this without adding an extension or kicking one of the kids out of their bedrooms? Well, we need to use the current footprint of our homes and create a multi-functional space!
Thankfully, with a little imagination, we can turn almost any room of the house into a home office with minimal work and some determination. Here are some tips to keep in mind when creating your multi-functional home office.
- Find a space that works
You do not need an entire room for your office – you only need an area that offers enough space for a desk, chair, and accessories. If you need to move furniture around at the beginning and end of every day, you will quickly become frustrated. Try to pick an area that can remain set up full-time and be “yours”. When doing this, try to stay away from busier areas of the home where there is lots of foot traffic and a chance for unexpected visitors.
- Lighting is critical
Ideally your home office will be located near a window or door with loads of natural light. If that is not possible, investing in a quality desk lamp is crucial. Not only does proper lighting assist with productivity and help you look good during those online meetings, but it will also decrease headaches, improve your mood, and eliminate tired eyes at the end of each day.
- Picking out the perfect desk
Colour, size, sit or stand. These are all decisions you need to make prior to investing in your new desk. You will want a work area large enough for your computer, keyboard, mouse, and any other items you need on your desk, but not something so large that it takes over the entire space. Take some measurements and play around until you feel comfortable with the size you select. Next, you will want to blend your work area into your homes’ current design. This is still your home, and when you entertain or have visitors you will not want your office space sticking out like a sore thumb. Standing desks can be a fantastic way to get yourself up and move around during the day. If you do decide to go this route, invest in a comfortable anti-fatigue mat that feels soft on your feet and will lessen fatigue during the day.
- Get the right chair
This decision is often overlooked when people only focus on which colour they would like. Whether you decided on a traditional desk or standing one, you will still spend countless hours in your chair. Although we all come in different shapes and sizes, there is a chair for everyone out there. Be sure to read reviews and explore options such as lumbar support, ergonomic or tall-backed chairs if you are on the taller side, or if you simply prefer the additional support.
- Enjoy the view
Preferably you can set up your space and enjoy a pleasant view. There are of course options outside of a window or door –a large family portrait, your favourite artwork, or even a mirror that makes your space feel bigger are all great options. If you are setting up a more permanent space within your home and would like to replace your current window, below are a few distinctive styles to think about:
Leave a Reply