Whether your home office is a designated space for running a business, a remote workspace, a nook for paying bills and organizing schedules or a place for the kids to work, it should be more than an extra desk and chair stuffed into a spare corner. Why? An office that is thought out and well-designed will allow for great things to happen!
As we head back to school, creating a comfortable and functional workspace for kids and adults working from home is essential. Factors like temperature, lighting, and noise can drastically affect your mood and overall health, and the visual aesthetics and design of your office can make it easier or harder to work.
Here are some tips to help make an at-home workspace for kids and adults as effective as possible.
Quiet is Golden for your Workspace
1. Choose a quiet area of the house with few distractions. This could be a spare bedroom, a corner of the living room, or any other area where work can be done without being disturbed. Make sure the space is well-lit. Natural light is best, but if that’s impossible, invest in a suitable desk or floor lamp to provide adequate lighting. The rule of thumb for interior design is three good light sources per space.
Comfortability is Key
2. When selecting a desk and chair, sometimes we want to go for what looks good. However, read reviews when going to purchase any furniture. You will want to find a comfortable chair and desk that matches the height of the person using it. This will help prevent back pain and discomfort from sitting for extended periods. Also, consider the flow of the room when arranging furniture and accessories. Ensure ample room to move around comfortably and confirm that the layout aligns with the room’s intended uses.
Organization Helps Diminish Clutter
3. Keep the space organized and clutter-free. Ensure there is enough storage space for books, papers, and other supplies to find what you need quickly. Use storage solutions that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. This could include decorative baskets, shelving units, or hidden storage compartments.
Be Mindful of Colors and Textures
4. Use color and texture to create visual interest and define different areas of the room. This could include accent walls, area rugs and decorative throw pillows. Feel free to incorporate personal touches that reflect your personality and style. This could include artwork, family photos, a few plants, or other decorative items that are meaningful to you. Have fun with it! It’s your space to work on being the best at your work, so surround yourself with only things that inspire you!
And, if you are unsure how to bring all the tips above together or don’t have the time, at Rooms Refreshed, we can help you create spaces unique to you that will help you be your most productive self!