After this year, having a home office has only become more popular and in most cases, necessary. With many nonessential workplaces being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere are needing to double their living area as an office space. Those who aren’t accustomed to working from home haven’t had much of a choice but to make adjustments.
As comfy as it may seem, working from your bed or a couch might not wield the most productivity. That is why it is so important to set up a functioning workspace where you can get your work done efficiently in the comfort of your own home. At La Maison of Saraland, our apartments provide a perfect environment for a home office. With high-speed internet and wide open floor plans, you’re bound to get as much work done at home as you would an office. In this post, we provide tips and tricks for how to create the best home office in your apartment.
Home Office Design
There are several factors to consider when designing your home office within an apartment. You must first determine what your taste is. Do you want something that blends in seamlessly with the rest of the home, or do you want something that stands out? Do you want your office to be traditional and simple, or modern and artsy?
Consider what your ideal office space would look like. After all, it’s in your home and you’re in charge. If you want to break away from the typical cubicle-style office setting, now is your time. Whatever you picture in your head when you think of your most efficient self, use this as inspiration in your home office design. When making decisions for the rest of your office space (furniture, lighting, etc.) keep this in mind.
In even the most luxurious apartments, you are only given a certain amount of room to work with when it comes to creating a home office. One of the most considerable factors in creating this space is the location. Everybody’s home is different. Even with apartments, one person’s interior design may vary significantly from another’s.
If you have an extra room in your home or apartment, that’s great. That would be an ideal spot for an office space. If not, that’s okay too. There is no harm in making one room multifunctioning, whether it be your bedroom, the kitchen, or the living room area.
Consider the surroundings before deciding on a location. If you have roommates or kids, placing your office right in the middle of a common area might not be ideal. If possible, try to find a relatively quiet area that limits the amount of distractions that might occur.
When considering the area where you want your office to be, make sure that it offers enough space for you, as well. The last thing you want is for your workspace to feel cramped or cluttered. This can cause unnecessary stress for you and hinder your productivity. Make sure you have enough room to stand up and down and move side to side freely. Never underestimate the power of spatial awareness.
In the case of a home office, some furniture pieces are simply a necessity. First, start with the basics, including a desk and a chair. When searching for a desk, make sure you get something that fits into the area you’ve selected but still offers enough space to move and work without constriction.
You’ll want to consider what you will be doing at this desk. If you’ll be dealing with a lot of paperwork, make sure you have enough room to keep things organized. What other supplies will you need? Pens, books and reference materials, a computer and a printer are all things to consider when gauging the amount of space you’ll need on a desk.
In the case that you simply can’t find a desk small enough to fit into the provided space and large enough to hold your equipment, you’ll need to make sure you have enough storage to make up for it. We’ll get more into that later.
As for the chair, look for something that will support your body and be comfortable enough to sit in for long periods of time. Choosing style over comfort here could (quite literally) hurt you in the long run.
Having a suitable light source is also another important factor in creating your home office. Avoid any harsh lighting that strains your eyes or dim lighting that puts you to sleep. If possible, position your desk below or near a window to allow natural light to pass through. This can help open up the space and make you feel more level-headed and energized.
Natural light can also inhibit Vitamin D absorption, which has multiple positive health benefits. This critical nutrient reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, and weight gain and helps in energy production.
If you do position your work setup near a window, be careful of creating a glare on your computer screen. If the sunlight hits your screen at a certain angle, it may produce a strong glare that makes working on the computer almost impossible. If this is unavoidable, you can also invest in translucent window shades or blinds. That way, you’re getting all of the positive effects from natural light and none of the bad.
For days with obscured sunlight or times when work carries over into the night, you’ll also want to make sure you have artificial light, as well. If you don’t already have adequate overhead lighting, a desk or floor lamp would be a great addition to your home office.
As we touched on before, storage is important when it comes to a workspace. If your desk doesn’t have built-in storage or a large enough area to hold your necessary supplies, other sources of storage and organization are available to you. Shelving, filing cabinets, drawers, and in-trays are all options for extra storage.
When arranging your desk and storage space, think about what your workflow will look like. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What will I need?
- Where will it be before it is used?
- How often will I need it?
- Where will it go after it is used?
A helpful tip may be to keep anything you use on a recurring basis close at hand. Having your current work and any necessary supplies within arms reach can save you both time and energy.
Now that your home office is nearly complete, add some finishing touches. The good thing about home offices is that there are no rules when it comes to what can and can’t be there. If you want posters or art or pictures of your pet all over the place, go for it! Incorporate whatever is aesthetically pleasing to you and shows your personality. You might be surprised how much your productivity increases when you are in a pleasant environment. Whether it’s a potted plant or some cute little knick-knacks, adding small touches like these can really help make this workspace your own.
As most of us remain cooped up in our homes, we want to make sure that you’re able to remain comfortable, happy, and productive. At La Maison of Saraland, we believe that taking these small steps to spice up your home (or apartment) office can make a huge difference.