For many, working from home has become the way it goes -- one with some unforeseen problems.
Whether you’re a telecommuting juggernaut or need to create a small office area temporarily, you don’t always need to share your dining room table. The key to an efficient workspace in your home is using items that will make life easier for your daily grind. However, this place should also spark joy since you have to sleep here, too.
From slimmed down desks to Polywood interior shutters, check out these five quick office ideas that allow you to work from home easier.
Your Home Office Should Be A Defined Space
While lounging on the couch and opening your laptop may seem nice at first glance, not splitting up “home mode” from “work mode” can become a damper to your psyche.
If you haven’t already, design a committed office space in your home. This room should be yours, apart from day-to-day chores. This may help you steer clear from distractions. You don’t need an oversized desk with a bookcase full of research materials, but you should at least try to use a corner table and seat that is “work only.”
Have a nook in the living room that would double as a home office? make a hidden retreat in your room by installing an attractive, elegant sliding barn door or panel track as a room divider.
Find A Surface That Accommodates Your Work
As the majority of the day is spent in a chair, you’ll need a surface that has good posture support while integrating your your desired spatial needs. And that means using the perfect work surface.
But, beware: avoid a “this is fine” desk set-up. A decorative table that doubles as your desk from 9-5 will only invite frustration. You need a space that adjusts to your work needs. If you only use a laptop, a mini office desk or committed table can work. But if you’re stacking books and papers, or need a complicated PC setup, you need a wider surface.
If you can’t buy a standard desk, just make one from other materials. An old door or MDF board on top of two pedestals can easily transform into a usable work surface. The more you can make your home office fit your needs, the easier work from home can seem in Dallas.
Direct Natural Light With The Right Window Treatments
Balanced lighting can make or break your next video call. Not enough backlight and you’re bathed in shadow, but an overexposure to sun glare, and you’re quinting at the screen. The amount of sunlight can also greatly affect your motivation.
To make work at home easier, get a window covering that can direct natural light. Plantation shutters, for one, have slats that can be tilted so that your desk always has enough natural light without sun glare. They also help block outdoor noise, like cars or lawnmowers. And when your plantation shutters are crafted from Polywood®, they can also help with energy-efficiency.
Luckily, interior shutters are a wonderful addition to your work space, not to mention they are easy to dust and operate.
Change Out Your Seat From That Kitchen Chair
After some time in your improved work from home space, you might be realizing that using that uncomfortable dining room chair just isn’t holding up.
Instead, use an office chair that rolls to give your body some love, or enhance your seating with a back support pillow to make it last a bit longer. Then again, you can just get a standing desk, and that would eliminate your chair dilemma.
It’s OK To Experiment
One of the advantages of telecommuting is that you are able to arrange the room outside the usual cubicle floor plan. However, sometimes figuring out the ideal set-up takes time and plenty of experimentation. That means thinking what’s best for you.
Keep asking yourself about what works and what doesn’t. You might find out that you need dual computer monitors instead of a lowly 15-inch monitor. Maybe you want three. Or you might find you work best with a wireless keyboard and mouse and one or two larger screens mounted to the wall. Standing desks, sound system speakers, and overstuffed recliners -- it’s how you like it. And if it doesn't work like you thought, go ahead and switch it out without filing an Order Request Form.
Begin your Home Office Project in Dallas with Sunburst Shutters
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