If you’re working on a budget, a simple thing like a chair might not seem like a high priority. When you consider that you will be spending most of your time sitting at the desk, you won’t want to go with any old chair from around the house.
Go to office supply warehouses and stores and try out as many models as you can to find one that makes you feel comfortable. You don’t want to get a beanbag chair or one that leans too far back, as your ultimate goal is to get work done comfortably, not to totally relax.
Something with lots of customization and with firm yet form-fitting cushioning is probably your best bet. Don’t be cheap with the only item in the office you will be constantly using.
2. Invest in a standing desk
If you want to reduce strain on your back and your posture, consider upgrading to a standing desk. While this is certainly not necessary, it can help with those long stretches of work where you will not be leaving the desk for hours at a time.
Standing and working is becoming more popular by the year in offices everywhere – there is even some research that suggests standing increases your blood flow and productivity as opposed to sitting without moving for hours on end.
3. Give yourself room to stretch when you need to
This can be a tricky one if you already have a home office you are upgrading, as you may have to change around the layout of your rooms, but it is important to consider how much space you are giving yourself.
If your office is tucked into a closet or a tiny room, the closed and claustrophobic space can stifle your thoughts and make you feel closed off from the rest of the world.
Instead, give yourself room to be able to stand up and stretch during long hours, to pace around the space while thinking or talking with a client. You can make your space seem larger with a window or two, and allow natural light in to wake you up and reduce eye strain from other sources of light.
4. Repaint the walls to help your focus
The might seem like a tiny concern, but if you don’t feel comfortable in the surroundings of your workplace, you may feel out of place or uncomfortable in your own office. Strong colors and clashing color schemes can make a space seem smaller and more uncoordinated than it really is.
When repainting your home office, consider choosing comforting earthy colors, complimentary colors to the rest of your home, or even light versions of more stand-out colors to create a relaxing and welcoming space.
Make it Your Own
While it is a working space, you should feel free to add your own flair to your home office.
Simple additions like paintings, pictures, and photographs can add a lot to an undecorated space, but don’t be afraid to do more too.
For example, If you have a favorite movie, hang up a poster of it somewhere in the room. If you have a collection of something that means something to you, put up a shelf and display them proudly. You can put up a cork board to hang up your working projects on, or display your finished prototypes and designs somewhere in the space.
As long as the space doesn’t end up looking cluttered, don’t hesitate to make it your own however you need to. Whether that means repainting the walls, getting a new chair, or proudly displaying your achievements, the home office is your personal space to design, decorate, and do work in as you see fit. So make it work for you!