We don’t need to be working from home to qualify in setting up a home office, although those who are will definitely need to set up one.
Setting up an office requires planning and decision-making. It may be a small office, but it is your own personalized office so it has to take time. A bigger office will take more time as well.
You can have a professional do the setup for you, but that would be really expensive because you’ll be paying the decor and products they choose and you’ll be paying him or her as well.
Setting it up on your own is better because you get to save more money, bring out your creative side, and give your office a touch of yourself.
Here are some tips in setting up a home office.
1. Choose where the office space will be.
We recommend having a private office by turning one spare room or closet into an office. But if that’s not possible, choose a space in the room and make sure it is as private as it can be. Get a room divider when necessary.
You can easily be distracted at home since you have easier access to the TV, game console, pets, etc. Having a divider will give you at least a little privacy.
2. Define your budget and stick to it.
Now that you know your space, you’ll have an idea what size desk, chair, or stand to get. Do not go past your budget limit. Your home office is something to be set up, not established at one time.
If you set up everything in one go, you may not like what you see or use, or you might not even need it in the first place, as the days pass by. You then have to go through a series of returns or repurchases, which will cost more money.
3. Choose your source of light.
We recommend setting up next to a natural light source. And 90% of the time this is the window. Natural light is the most effective light in making computer users efficient and productive, according to studies.
If natural light is near impossible to attain, opt for a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) lamp because it is the closest that we can get to the sunlight.
4. Get yourself a good desk.
Whether it’s a simple no-fuss desk or a computer desk with all the compartments, it has to be something you’ll see yourself comfortable working in. But, it has to have the ideal height and size for optimum work efficiency and comfort.
A desk that’s too high will strain your neck. If it’s too low, it will make you hunch. It should have enough leg space for you to be able to move around and not stay stiff the whole day.
Standing convertible desks are available so you can choose to stand and sit when working on the computer.
If your space is limited, make sure to measure your space and the desk so it would be a perfect fit. Simple and conventional desks are the way to go if you need more leg space.
5. Get yourself a good chair.
This and your desk can make or break your home office game.
If an office desk is more of having the correct eye level and hand level to prevent strain in the neck and wrist including legs, an office chair is more of having the correct posture and spine alignment to address back pains, hunching, and promote spine health.
And like the desk, it has to have the right height and comfort. If it’s otherwise, you’ll have a ton of back pain including eye strain to suffer for a long time unless you change your chair.
Office chairs have evolved over the past decade or so. You have your conventional office chair and you have alternatives as well like a kneeling chair, exercise ball chair, and saddle chair to name a few. All are geared towards having the right posture for working.
6. Make sure the room is conducive to working efficiently.
For one, air quality has to be good if not great. Having fresh air is always the best, but not always applicable. But all’s not lost.
To improve air quality, you can do two things. One, maintain cleanliness in your space by doing regular vacuuming and cleaning. Two, make use of indoor plants as they’re the ones that give off fresh air in the first place.
Seriously, don’t set up or put out things that you don’t need. It can be easy to eat or drink while working at home as well. But a clear and clutter-free home induces productivity.
We’re not saying that you throw away the extra things you have. We’re saying you organize them properly if not hide them away. It also helps if you have a trash bin beside you especially if you tend to have trash while working.
9. Have an alternative source of power.
If you work from home and your home does not have a home generator system, it’s best to get a portable one. You know, the one powered by gas, propane, or solar. You never know when you need it so it’s always best to have it on hand.
Portable ones can also be used during camping or hiking, which, if you’re a fan of, is a win-win situation.
We know how comfort is synonymous with working nowadays. And it should be. Working on the couch, the bed, or even the floor is fine but only for a short while.
Doing so on a regular basis and for hours will risk yourself to many possible health issues like a displaced spine, scoliosis, carpal tunnel, and others. And these should not be taken lightly.
Setting up a home office is actually quite easy if you know what you need and like. A personal home office at home makes working more productive because you’ll have your own working space that you know is only meant for working.