After the quarantine, it became obvious that it was not necessary to visit the office to work effectively. However, there should be a well-thought-out and comfortable workplace at home. We tell you how to create it.
We asked the pros how to create a home office and came back with a universal checklist for organizing the workspace.
Now the sudden opportunity to do this is not very happy. Nevertheless, one has to adapt to the proposed circumstances. And the question of how to organize the workplace wisely is more urgent than ever.
The first tip is that you need to decide where your workplace will be located. If you already have a desk with everything you need to work, consider that half the job is done. Otherwise, you first need to choose the most intimate place in the apartment. Designers are advised to take a closer look at the insulated loggia or even a dressing room. There, neither you nor your household will interfere with each other. However, not everyone has such a privilege as the same glazed balcony with a warm floor, so a living room or bedroom should be considered as a dislocation for a home office. The kitchen is less suitable for these purposes than others (although there is a table and a chair there), since there is always someone in this part of the apartment and something is happening (there are irritating factors: food is being prepared, dishes are being washed, food brought from store, etc.).
Having chosen a room, you need to isolate yourself. Even if in the conditions of a one-room apartment and the presence of children, the designers recommend allocating a functional area where you will work, and not rest or solve household issues. For these purposes, large indoor plants (ficuses, palm trees) or decorative elements are suitable.
“You can use a screen. It is now a trendy interior item again, and is easy to find in a wide variety of places – from IKEA to collectible design galleries. The screen visually divides the space, is a physical boundary. For example, it separates the bed from the desk and creates a psychological boundary for the household. The worker, as it were, hides from them and gives a signal “do not enter without knocking”, even if he is in the same room as everyone else. “
Do not forget about airing the room. Ventilation in an apartment and an office is certainly different. In addition, when working outside the home, you are outside at least twice a day. So, to provide the brain with fresh air, periodically open the windows and go to another room, to the balcony.
To be productive, you need to rest on time. In addition to your work space, try to organize your home and leisure space. The ideal options would be a yoga mat or a fitness equipment assembled in one place (in plain sight, otherwise the process of “take it out” will tire you more than work). Even an unsportsmanlike person will find it useful to devote a few minutes a day to stretching or simple gymnastics.
Our spine is our support, literally and figuratively. It is not cheap to treat a curvature of the back, clamps in muscles and nerve fibers. Good osteopaths and chiropractors are not easy to find, and getting an appointment is even harder than finding. Therefore, you should take care of your back health yourself.
Take the money to buy a quality chair and adjust it to your specifications. When placed on a chair, your feet should be on the floor and your back should be comfortably placed against the back of the chair so that no clamps are formed.
It is convenient when the back of the chair is solid, straight, smooth, when there is an adjustable spinal cushion and a headrest to relieve the cervical spine.
There are many table options. Quite popular in 2021 are smart desks with built in speakers. Choose it to suit your style of work. If you are an artist and paint, then you need a well-lit large wide table with the ability to store paints in drawers or on shelves.
Choosing a table is just as important as choosing a chair. The working surface of the table should be large and spacious. The standard size for office desks is 1.2 x 0.6 x 0.75 meters. But it all depends on your activity at the computer, if you spend not a lot of time there or just check your mail, then the table size may be smaller. If you constantly work at a computer, if you still need to additionally work on it with papers or physical projects, then choose multifunctional models.
A quality monitor reduces the risk of eye disease and prevents fatigue. Choose as large monitors as possible with good color rendition. If you study this issue in more detail, you can find models of monitors curved (they give additional immersion in the process) or vertical (they are usually used by programmers).
The resolution of the monitor should be at least FHD, this will give good image detail, and you will not need to strain your eyes to see the details. Glossy or matte surface of the monitor is not that important anymore. Just remember that a glossy surface reflects light well, and therefore, it is better not to put lamps next to it.
Special glasses for working at a computer can protect against the appearance of medical problems; before buying them, you should consult an ophthalmologist. To reduce the load on the eyes, you can install special programs that regulate the intensity of the blue spectrum, as well as adjust the monitor to the time of day. Naturally, it is better to work in natural light.
Therefore, place the desktop as close to the window as possible. If necessary, you can install additional light sources – floor or wall lamps, spotlights, roof rails or LED strips
If you work in a separate room, then you can think of general and spot lighting that suits your style of work.
In order to save space, you can place your home office behind the doors of a built-in closet, but consider the size, lighting, and whether you can sit there for several hours.
You can also equip a mini-office on a wide window sill by the window, in a wall recess, on a balcony, in a bedroom, in a living room, under the stairs (if you live in a private house) or between cupboards. The main thing is to take into account the specifics of your work so as not to miss the nuances that are important for comfortable and productive work.
Do not locate the work area in a walk-through area or in a draft. It is also uncomfortable to sit with your back to the door or to the rest of the room, and it is better to sit sideways or with your back to the window.
If too much light falls on your table and it heats up from the sun, hang pleated blinds, roman blinds or roller blinds. If the space for your home office is too small, use wall shelves to free up space on the desk.