Secrets To Creating the Perfect Home Office

Today’s post looks at how to create the perfect home office environment.

For entrepreneurs and telecommuters working from home, creating the ideal home office environment can be problematic. A lack of space can restrict the amount of space you need to work, noises can be distracting and your productivity can suffer.

You also need to contemplate investing in the right equipment and adding features to the office that support your mental and physical health.

Read on, and I’ll let you into some professional secrets from the interior design industry that will help you design a home office that aids productivity and supports your general health and wellbeing.

Secrets to Creating the Perfect Home Office

Make Best Use of Space

The steps to create the perfect home officeImage: Cult Furniture

The first hurdle most people encounter when creating the perfect home office is working within small confines. Even if you don’t need much space to perform your actual job, a small room can feel claustrophobic.

Believe it or not, but this can actually have a negative impact on your productivity and mental health. Subconsciously you could be thinking you are restricted.

Make the best use of space by erecting shelves and corner cupboards that are plush to the wall. Eliminating clutter creates the illusion of a bigger space. Also, paint the walls in light, inviting colours such as off-white, or light blues, violets and greens.

Keeping a streamlined corner of your bedroom is an ideal spot for creating a budget home office and can be perfect when you need to work from home.

Light and Air

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Natural sunlight and good air circulation help to enhance your mood and aid brain function. In contrast, a stale, dark work environment slows you down and can make you feel glum.

Rooms with big windows are ideal for creating the perfect home office. Alternatively, position your desk close to the window. However, you may want to avoid facing the window if you are easily distracted by things that are happening outside.

If your home office doesn’t get much natural light, and for when the dark nights set in, using creative light fixtures to create a suitable environment for work productivity and mental health.

In fact, Office Principles says that the recommended ratio of artificial light to natural light is 1:5. This reduces the strain on your eyes and is good for the immune system.

Invest in Ergonomic Furniture

The steps to create the perfect home officeImage: Ligne Roset

Our bodies are not designed for sitting in an office chair all day. Scientists have discovered that sitting all day is not good for your heart, it increases the risk of dementia, and you’re more likely to put on weight.

Most office chairs strain your back, spine, neck and shoulders which can cause problems with your skeletal structure later in life. So invest in an office chair with good back support and adjustable features.

There is other ergonomic furniture you can buy too, such as desks with adjustable height, mouse and keyboard mats with wrist support and foot stools.

Add Some Plant Life

The steps to create the perfect home officeImage: Hurn and Hurn

I’ve always thought plants and thought-provoking images can work wonders in any room. It turns out that scientists agree with me – albeit for different reasons.

Various studies have found that houseplants reduce stress and anxiety, improve air quality and facilitate healing. Research performed by scholars at the Harvard School of Public Health also discovered that “green” space increases the performance of cognitive function.

Plants add the finishing touch to a home office and can completely transform a small corner without being invasive. They are also inexpensive – although don’t forget to feed them!

When you’re working from home, make sure you have a comfortable room you enjoy spending time in.

Have you tried any of these tricks to help you create the perfect home office?

If you need more inspiration, check out these 5 Things to Consider Before Creating your Home Office

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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1 Comment

  1. Christopher Hall
    February 25, 2019 / 7:08 am

    Really like the chairs you have used. Where are they from?

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