4 Home Office Design Tips for Desk Job Workers
Now that you’re up to speed on the importance of home office ergonomics, you’ve set up an ergonomically-optimized, comfortable, and productive working environment. As many of us continue to work from home, your back and legs will thank you for the updated ergo-centric desk setup.
But what if your home office is still missing that special something?
According to the queen of organization, Marie Kondo, “The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” In her book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, she states that every item in your space must “spark joy.”
Your home office shouldn’t just be functional--it should be a space you enjoy being in and working from! Check out these office design ideas to elevate your home office.
Tip #1: Clean Desk=Clear Mind
The most important home office idea is to keep it organized. If you’ve ever flipped through Architectural Digest or watched HGTV, you’ve probably noticed the open spaces and clean designs.
This isn’t just for aesthetic purposes--organized offices result in a higher rate of productivity.
A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that individuals working from a clean and organized workspace were able to stay focused on tasks for nearly twice as long as individuals working from a cluttered room. Fewer distractions meant more focus, and ultimately an increase in productivity.
When your workspace is free of clutter, your mind is able to focus on the task at hand without distractions. Keeping your desk organized, not only gives you more space, but also allows you to work more efficiently! No more wasting time looking for that important file you could have sworn you left on your desk.
Need some ergo-centric design inspo? Check out this eye-opening Montreal office space!
Tip #2: Storage Solutions
After you’ve cleared and organized your desk area, your next challenge will be to store everything.
Effective storage saves you both time and effort--you’ll know where something is without having to rummage through all your drawers to find it!
PRO TIPS: Store items in a way that allow you to access the things you need quickly and easily. Pens? Top desk drawer or a cup on your desk. Books you won’t read for at least two months? Bottom drawer--or maybe display them on a high shelf. Keep the items you use day to day in places that are easily accessible.
Small home office? No problem--use the wall space to your advantage!
Floor-to-ceiling shelves can house your books and showcase your decor.
These storage-savvy home office setups show different ways in which you can optimize your shelf space.
Tip #3: Go Green
It’s no surprise that becoming a “plant parent” is so on-trend right now. Not only do plants add a stylish touch to your workspace, but they also purify the air. Plants like the aloe vera or snake plants are perfect for your office, as these plants are low maintenance and easy to care for.
Adding greenery to your office also works as a form of chromotherapy. Green is associated with nature, and psychologists believe that the colour green can have a calming effect. Add plants to your workspace to build a more calming and peaceful office.
Check out the greenery in Montreal’s Shopify Office! This Montreal office space has plants of all shapes and sizes, making you feel like you’re in nature while at the office!
Tip #4: Light it Up
A well-lit office area never goes out of style. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the coolest offices in Canada, it’s that great lighting is crucial!
If you’ve got a home office by a bright window--lucky you! Your office is filled with natural light during the day. Just make sure you’re positioning your monitor correctly! Your screen should be away from direct sunlight so that your eyes don’t suffer from monitor glare.
For those of us with less natural light or windowless rooms, pick a desk lamp that suits your office. With a plethora of different designs to choose from, choose a lamp that’s bright but adjustable. Lifewire recommends these 8 desk lamps for your home office--many of them can be adjusted for warm-toned, softer light, which is easier on your eyes!
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