Whether you are working from home or willing to create a distraction-free zone to attend important client meetings on your weekends, it is always a good idea to have a dedicated workspace decked up with some mesmerizing pieces of Indian artwork or plain contemporary paintings in your abode. A worthwhile small-scale project, you don’t need to undertake any major revamping or have a spare room available at home, any space — even an unused corner can be turned into your own office.
No matter if your office space is located within a larger room, an elevated loft, or even a closet or just a tiny nook, we have put together tips to help you create a comfortable workspace at home.
- Separate The Room
Ideally, the workspace should be separated from other rooms such as bedrooms, living rooms so that it can promote concentration and creativity. Working in an area that connects to another room will create thousands of distractions as other family members keep moving around. As the space needed for work does not need to be expansive but only big enough to accommodate the tables and chairs, so if you do not have a spare room that you can designate as your home-office, you can turn one corner of any room into your working zone provided that the internet, electricity, and other essential utilities are available.
Whether you have a closed-off room, an elevated loft, or even a nook in your room as your working space, always ensure to create a threshold defining it as a separate space for working. Depending on the space you are using, install sliding doors, use an artistic room divider with beautiful Indian artwork, switch flooring material to outline the work zone, signaling a different space identity to the home’s other occupants.
- Fit It To Your Profession
Once you have the perfect spot for your workspace in mind, the next step is to design it. But while outfitting the space, be mindful of your profession, choose everything from furniture to lighting, etc. as per the requirements of your official activities. For example, if you are an architect, then the desk in place should be bigger to accommodate your drawings while a software engineer requires a table usually only to place his laptop.
- Declutter Space
Though a workspace can be built simply with a single desk and chair, you also need to make proper arrangements for other necessary pieces of equipment, such as a laptop or computer, a telephone, or anything else that supports your work needs. The stationery is also a must-have on the work desk. Also, allot a place that is out of your kid’s reach to keep hard copies of your important documents. This being said, also ensure not to make place unnecessary objects on the work desk as it will pile up creating a needless mess.
- Air Circulation and View
A space designated for working should be well-ventilated — with proper windows and openings for proper air circulation. Additionally, space should have an expansive view to relax your mind and also ease your strained eyes at times, if possible create your workspace near a window. If necessary, consider installing an air conditioner to cool down the area making it comfortable for you to work. Also, deck up your surroundings in a fashion that makes it more lively, however, if you need much focus, leave the surrounding plain without any decor or go for a minimalist set-up, you can easily find paintings for sale on several galleries online.
- Light It Well
This is one of the most crucial elements while designing a workspace. It is essential that your working zone is well-lit, but use lighting that is suitable for your eyes — too bright or too dim a light will strain your eyes. If you are one of those who use a laptop for most of your office tasks, go for installing a softer white light source that produces less glare.
If possible, go for installing three layers of light in your workspace — ambient, task, and accent lighting. Put an overhead light as the main source of light, switching it on when you need strong light while toning it down using the dimmer as per your requirements. The additional desk and floor lamps will help you maintain focus on the details, while the accent lighting will make the space more attractive and intimate, one that’s pleasant to be in.
Be Picky About the Furniture
As you will spend a substantial amount of time in the workspace, ensure that the furniture you choose makes you feel comfortable. Use an ergonomic chair with an adjustable handrest that supports your hands as well you’re back well, don’t hesitate to pull in some throws or cushions for extra comfort if need be. For the desk, make sure that it fits the space available well. For smaller spaces, buy a more minimalistic table provided with just a worktop or maybe use a foldable wall-mounted table. However, if you need storage for your essentials, get a desk with in-built cabinets. But make sure you have enough room available to stretch your legs.
Lastly, it’s pivotal to check the height and width of the desk, choose a table of height between 26 to 30 inches. Depending on your needs, make sure the tabletop is wide enough to accommodate all your essentials.
Undoubtedly, a well-designed workspace will make the tasks more relaxing and enjoyable without unwanted distractions from other family members. In fact, research has proved that working from home can improve your productivity owing to the comfort of the home. All set, enjoy working!