7 Great Ideas for a New Home Office Remodel
Being able to work from home is the pinnacle of professional success! You have made it! You get to work on your own schedule, in your pajamas if you want to, and in the place that you are most comfortable. Your next step is to make sure that you have a space in your home that is fully dedicated to work. In order to be as productive as possible, you can’t just set up a desk near your bed, because you may get caught in a tricky job and find yourself taking a nap in the middle of your workday. Once you have dedicated an independent space from which you can run your daily activities like a boss, it is time to make sure that you get the space done upright.
The design of your workplace has a massive impact on your level of productivity. Just making sure you have access to fresh air at your workstation and making sure you have plants around can increase your productivity by a whopping 11%. Making sure to keep your items in the right place also makes a huge difference. One study completed by Brother International Corporation found that the average office worker spends 38 hours a year looking for lost or misplaced work items! That is more or less the equivalence of a full work week! Below are seven ideas for remodeling your new home office to boost productivity, alleviate stress, and keep you happy.
The Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell found in a recent study that working within ten feet of a window can have a huge impact on your day to day health. An 84% decrease in headaches, eyestrain, and blurred vision was reported, so this is not something to be trifled with! Here are a few ways that you can ensure your lighting is best for your health and productivity level:
- Add skylights
- Control the glare on your screen
- Maximize natural lighting through the arrangement of your furniture
- Work with a professional to layer different types of lighting throughout your workspace, ranging from direct task lighting to softer ambient lighting
Fresh Air and Pollutant Free
That fresh air is important, and keeping plants around helps to keep your air pollutant-free. If you are a smoker, keep the smoking away from your workspace. Try to work near a window, or have someone install air filtration systems. Make sure the humidity level of the room you are working in is appropriate.
Getting an expert to craft you some personalized built-ins allow you to make the best use of your space available.
Not being stuck in an office means you’re not stuck with generic gray and beige. Get your walls painted a color that inspires and delights you.
Make sure you choose a place in your home that ensures you won’t be distracted by the comings and goings of others and has enough space for you.
Getting someone to hide all the cords and equipment can keep you sane and your workspace clutter-free.
You can even maximize your flooring to allow for high productivity! Have experts notch your rug into the knee space of your desk so that your rolling chair won’t slip off the edge of the rug.