by Rhett C Cork
on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 9:39am.
Recent data indicate that a large portion of the workforce wants to work from home at least some of the time. There are a variety of elements that go into creating an ideal home office, and it can be tricky to meet all your needs while sticking to a budget. By focusing on the most important elements of a workspace, it is possible to save money while ensuring your office is conducive to work.
The first step in making a home office is finding the space to do so. Some people have a spare bedroom or an unused dining room. Others have to rearrange to use a corner of a bedroom or living room.
A basement can make for a good home office location, but there are specific considerations to keep in mind. If the basement is not already finished, hiring a reliable contractor makes the process smoother and ensures the job is done correctly. The location, materials and specific renovations all determine the final price of the project. One area not to skimp on is installing a subfloor underneath carpeting to prevent mold growth.
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Think about ergonomics when you choose office furniture. Whether you are repurposing furniture from other areas in the house or buying new items, make sure the desk and chair heights complement each other comfortably. If the chair is a little too tall, purchase an inexpensive laptop riser to compensate. Lumbar pillows and seat cushions make hard chairs more comfortable.
Choose lighting that allows you to work comfortably. You may find that a mix of ambient and task lighting works well in providing enough light without creating excess glare. Look for inexpensive lamps at thrift shops and yard sales.
In addition to your physical comfort, pay attention to how your home office affects your mood. Adding indoor plants brings in a touch of nature. Type your favorite quotes in a fun font, print them out and display them in inexpensive frames. Photo printing apps allow you to order inexpensive prints of your favorite photos directly from your smartphone so that you can frame them or hang them on a corkboard at your workstation.
Make sure your home office is designed for maximum productivity. Minimize distractions and interruptions. Turn off non-work notifications and close unimportant tabs. Keep pets out of your office and instruct family members not to disturb you except for emergencies. If you listen to music while you work, create a work-friendly playlist so that you do not waste time skipping through music that is too distracting.
Keep everything clean and organized so that you can find what you need quickly. This applies to both physical and digital spaces. Reduce clutter by throwing away or deleting items that are no longer needed.
There are a variety of useful items available that can help you be more productive in your home office. For example, a mug warmer keeps your drink warm so that you don’t have to stop work and go to the kitchen to heat up your coffee. Many of these items can be bought secondhand or on sale.
If you find yourself working from home, creating a dedicated workspace is important. Maximizing your comfort and productivity can make going to work more enjoyable and successful. Fortunately, it is possible to design an ideal home office while sticking to a budget by repurposing what you already own and bargain-hunting.