A stimulating and streamlined workspace at home promises the ultimate in work life balance. Whether you run a home-based business or just a busy household, creating a dedicated work space keeps paperwork neat and organized. But, a home office doesn’t need to look formal thanks to these tips.
Decorate it with as much detail as you would any other space and you’ll make it a place you love to be. Here are our top 10 tricks to make your home office space a success story!
Can you “borrow” unused space from a landing, hallway, or under the stairs? As long as you have a laptop and wireless connection, the fit-out can be as simple as a desk, chair, and overhead shelf. For a more fixed solution, look to build in. Companies like Humanscale create ergonomic pieces that can be ordered online and, in some cases, customized to your liking.
Plenty of natural light is essential for comfort and mood — position your desk near a window and keep heavy window treatments to a minimum: light sheers or a diaphanous blind are as dense as you want to go.
Simple ways to green up your office include refilling your ink cartridges, setting your printer to double-sided and buying rechargeable batteries for your wireless devices. You can also recycle many of your office products, including computers, mobile phones, and printer cartridges. To find out where to recycle, visit Best Buy’s website.
Cables and wires that run rampant are not visually appealing. Try The Container Store for some cable organization ideas, or even a reusable Velcro wrap, which can be strapped up under your desk.
Installing wallpaper or stylish desk accessories instantly prevents a room from looking too “office-y.” Select bold statement pieces in on-trend colors. Don’t worry too much about either the workload or commitment, as they can be removed or updated easily.
“I have a lot of plants in my office – on the desk, on the floor, perched on the windowsill and hanging from the ceiling,” says Druce Davey of Greener. “They bring a sense of tranquillity, reduce noise and filter the air. I also really like the daily routine of watering them.”
Create a Retreat
Stretch your budget with second-hand buys and a paint sprayer. If you need an oversized desk, source an affordable pre-owned table and revamp it with high gloss paint, and give your trusty old filing cabinet the same treatment, too.
Labelling your filing and storage boxes helps to keep your office organized, and looks pretty to boot. “With so many labels available, it’s an easy DIY if you have a penchant for typography,” says interior decorator Jodie Ghiloni.
Make a Statement
Bold colors and designer pieces will add instant glamor, or if ‘industrial chic’ is more your thing, try instantly aging pieces with a rust-colored paint.
When seated, your feet should rest flat on the floor with your thighs parallel to it. Choose an office chair that offers ample back support, supporting the natural curve of your spine. Sort your chair out first, and then adjust your desk to around elbow height, which will allow your forearms to rest parallel to the floor.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.