We’re in the midst of the biggest ever technological revolution, which has opened up new possibilities and opportunities for jobs, businesses and ventures. Working from home has enabled all different types of professions and jobs to be done from anywhere, from freelancers to small businesses to multinational corporations. One of the main reasons to work from home is to optimise your working time. To do so, it’s necessary to have an ideal room to work in, like a study, or to integrate a work space into a room, which meets all the necessary health, safety and ambient requirements.
Here are some ideas for creating and decorating your work station at home
Defining the space
No matter the size of your house, you’ll need to find a space that can be dedicated solely to working. It can be a challenge to create a work space in a small house, since often this entails reorganising, and replacing or removing pieces of furniture. The work station could be located at the end of a wide corridor, in a corner of the kitchen, or even in a bedroom. Some people prefer to have their office in the living room. This work space can be fixed or mobile, and can vary according to the type of work being done, and the individual’s needs and requirements.
This is a very important aspect to be considered. The work space must have good lighting; if possible, it should be located near a window to let in natural light. If the space being used is naturally dark, you can install direct or indirect light fixtures, depending on your wants and needs. For people who work remotely, working at night is very common due to the time zones in different countries. For this type of work, a ceiling light or desk lamp could be the best option. Good lighting will impact productivity, as well as improve vision care.
The workstation should be decorated in a practical but harmonious manner. We recommend using neutral colours – nothing too garish or distracting – to improve concentration levels. For people working remotely, employers may request that their company logo, or some form of distinctive branding, is placed in the background.
Each piece of furniture must work within the space. Desk organisers and shelves can be used to create order and a feeling of harmony. When creating a work station in the bedroom, it’s important to use hangers or pieces of furniture to help make the room feel bigger, and provide you with the optimal work space.
- The Desk: This is the most important piece furniture for creating a work station. The home office desk can vary according to the type of work: a wall-mounted table is both comfortable and functional; classics desks have multiple drawers, which are useful for organising; but the dining room table is the most used option, because it can be used for multiple different things.
- The Chair: Care must be taken when choosing the right chair, to ensure that it complies with your own personal needs for comfort and well-being. It should be padded, comfortable, roomy, and have adjustable backrests, armrests, and cool upholstery. These are all qualities which can make a big difference to a person’s health and productivity.
When working from home, it’s important to have all the right conditions and tools to facilitate a high level of performance. Self-discipline is vital for this type of work, which is gaining popularity and becoming a lot more common worldwide.