Many companies have taken measures and turned their business into a temporary remote office model to navigate through these challenging times. Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re also one of the people that packed their stuff to work from home.
So how do you adapt to this new norm?
At the office, everything is tailored for work, there’s structure. At home, you need to get creative. You might find yourself wondering how to set up a home office. What items do I need? What chair do I pick? And are there any accessories that can make my home office more comfortable?
We’re here to help! So take a sip of your favourite coffee and follow these home office setup ideas to create your own high performance workspace.
Have you picked out which space to transform into your new working quarters? Maybe it’s a dedicated room or it might be a little nook in the living abode. Ideally, you want to find the place with the most natural light, to minimise strain on your eyes and maintain productivity.
Next up is the office look and feel. Everyone has different needs for their workspace. When do you thrive? In what type of work environment do you get most done?
The question to answer here is: How do I want to feel when I sit down at my desk?
If you’re the type who easily gets distracted, you might need a desk with neutral colours and an arsenal of tools that help you stay organized. Alternatively you could also be the type who’s most productive when surrounded by crafty supplies, funky stationary, and framed pictures of your loved ones.
Colours can help with setting the right ambience. Have a think about what colours help you achieve a desired mood (like a sense of calm, focus or shades that inspire). Explore ways to incorporate these hues into your space, maybe by adding some colour to the walls or simply investing in office accessories of your favorite colour palette.
When you’ve decided on the right mood, social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram can provide ideas to craft your own home office and provide visual guidance on décor and stationary choices. Great Instagram accounts for office interior design are Home Office Inspiration and My Business Corner.
Step 2. Decide on what home office items to invest in
Now we can move on to deciding on the items that need to be in your work spot.
Ask yourself: What’s my main priority for this office?
Is it important for you to have an ergonomic workplace or do you care more about having an inspirational place that uplifts you once you sit down? Of course, if budget is not a concern, you could look at ways to embody both these elements in your workspace.
Answering these questions help you decide on what to invest in.
An ergonomically friendly home office may require focus on purchasing the right chair and back support, or the right mouse and keyboard.
On the other hand, inspirational offices may focus on artwork, plants, and quirky accessories.
We’ve summed up the eight key considerations to make when setting up your high performance home office.
What’s your current internet like? Maybe you need to upgrade your plan or buy a Wi-Fi amplifier? High-speed internet is a must in a home office. You’ll thank yourself later.
Are you using a current table or buying a new one? Pay attention to the size and the material. You can build your own desk or get a ready-made office desk. Some models even come as a set including storage options. It’s important to measure the height or buy an adjustable office desk so you can tailor it to your needs. If you enjoy working while standing, you can look into movable desk legs. These standing desks are sold as a complete set, as well as the legs only.
As you’ll be sitting most of the time, it’s important to invest in a good office chair to avoid back problems. There are many different chairs, with many different price tags. Decide on your price range first. Then note down whether you want it to have wheels, armrests, a height-adjustable seat, built-in lumbar support, tilt function, etc.
This depends on the space you have available. Storage ideas are drawer units that are placed beside or under your desk, (book) shelves, file cabinets, hanging folders, organizers and boxers. If you’re not that organized by nature, pick storage items can help you to keep things in order. Go through all the items you use (pens, papers, files, etc.) and decide how many storage items you need to tuck away everything nicely.
If you have lots of natural light, you might only need a desk lamp for when the sun has set. For darker places, you might want to opt for a floor lamp or better ceiling light. Pay attention to the type of lightbulbs. For example, full-spectrum bulbs offer bright, crisp white lighting that is better for your eyes. You can also install changing light systems that light up the room in different colours to alternate between moods.
There’s an overwhelming number of products available, so keep your budget in mind and lose the plot. Here’s a list of some of the basic requirements you may need:
- Laptop stand
- Additional monitor
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Wireless mouse
- Printer and scanner
- Paper shredder
- Cable management
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
- First-safe box for important documents
And then for the finishing touch, the decoration. This is totally up to you. If you feel like your home office is missing personality and/or warmth, decorative items are the answer. Hang some great art, frame personal pictures, showcase trophies you’re proud of, add a mirror to make the space look bigger, buy a peg- or whiteboard or introduce a breath of life with some indoor plants.
To sum up: A checklist on creating the perfect office setup at home
- Start by identifying your new home work space and then decide on the look and feel.
- Prioritise your desk item shopping list by finding out what you need to work best.
- Go through the list above and decide on what supplies you need for your home office.
- Take your mood board from step 1 and find items that match your office style.
- Happy shopping!
We hope that this article has offered you more clarity on how to get started. Setting up your own home office can feel overwhelming at first, but is actually a fun project to do.
The right home office for you will make sure you can work in the most productive way, leaving more room to enjoy your free time. An investment that’s well worth it, if you ask us!