For some, working from home has become a way of life -- and brings some unforeseen problems.
Whether you’re a home office juggernaut or looking to create an at-home office area on the fly, you don’t always have to use your living room couch. The answer to an effective workspace in your home is using items that will make life better for day-to-day activity. But this place should also be aesthetically pleasing since you have to sleep here, too.
From slimmed down desks to Polywood plantation shutters, we’ll offer five quick office improvements 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 feel nice initially, not splitting up ”home” and “work” can become a damper to your productiveness.
If you haven’t yet, make a dedicated work center in the house. This room should be yours, leaving non-work activities for everywhere else of the house. This will help you avoid distractions. You don’t need a heavy oak desk and a bookcase full of research materials, but you should at least try to dedicate a small table and stool as your home office.
Have a corner in the dining room that would double as a workspace? Create a hidden office in your room by installing an attractive, elegant sliding barn door or panel track as a partition.
Use A Desk That Accommodates Your Work Tools
As the majority of your workday is spent sitting down, you need a workspace that has the proper posture support while accommodating your spatial needs. That means setting up the perfect work surface.
Now, a word to the wise: avoid a “this is fine” desk set-up. A coffee table that poses as your work surface during the day will only become annoying. You need a piece of furniture that adjusts to your workplace rituals. If you primarily use a laptop then a mini office desk or work-only table is fine. But if you’re constantly shuffling paper, or want a complicated computer setup, you may need a wider desk.
If you can’t get a traditional desk, build one from scratch. An old door or stained board on top of filing cabinets can easily transform into a adequate work surface. The more you can make your home office fit your needs, the easier work from home can seem in Clearwater.
Adjust Natural Light When You Use The Right Window Treatments
The right lighting can affect your daily Zoom call. Too little light and you’re bathed in darkness, but try to talk while dealing with sun glare, and you’re looking like a ghost. The amount of sunlight can also be the difference between a productive day, and one that sees you making multiple trips to the coffee maker.
To make work at home easier, you’ll want a window treatment that can handle sun glare. Plantation shutters, for example, have slats that can be angled so that your desk always has the right amount of natural light without any glare. They also muffle outside sounds, like passing cars or lawnmowers. And your chosen interior shutters are made of Polywood®, they’re also energy-efficient.
Luckily, Polywood shutters are a beautiful addition to your space and are simple to dust and operate.
Upgrade Your Seat From That Kitchen Chair
After some time in your improved work space, you figure out that working from that uncomfortable folding chair just isn’t working.
Try an office chair that rolls to give your joints some love, or improve your chair with a back support insert if you need to make it last until you decide on your next chair. Then again, you can always get a standing desk, and then you won’t need a seat at all.
It’s Alright To Experiment
One of the advantages of telecommuting is that you get to sort your space outside the usual office configuration. However, sometimes finding the optimal order takes time and a heap of experimentation. And sometimes it takes thinking outside the box.
Always question yourself about what works and what doesn’t. You might find out that you need dual computer screens instead of one 15-inch monitor. You might even want three. Or you might find you perform best when using a wireless keyboard and mouse and one or two larger screens hung on the wall. Whiteboards, foot massagers, and overstuffed couches -- it’s all about you. And if it doesn't work like you thought, you can change it out without having to go through an Order Request Form.
Begin your Home Office Project in Clearwater with Sunburst Shutters
Ready to take the first step in transforming your work area? Just call 813-580-7288
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