A good office space increases productivity. If you work at home where there's more distractions, this becomes even more important. You want to create a space where you want to spend time. Here's a few things to keep in mind when ditching the cubicle for a home office.
A good desk should be functional and look good in your space. Think about what kind of decor you like and how it makes you feel. And don't feel bound to the style of the rest of your home—especially if you're lucky enough to have a door. You may love luxurious overstuffed leather furniture in your living room, but prefer something ultra-modern and airy for your office. You also want to make sure it's comfortable. When checking out a new desk, take some time in the showroom to sit behind it. "Air-compute" to see if the height will work for your laptop or computer. Do your legs fit comfortably underneath? Will your office chair fit comfortably?
Speaking of sitting comfortably, you want to be able to spend time behind your desk without wrecking your body. A good office chair is essential. If you're on a tight budget, spend most of it on the chair. The better the chair, the longer you'll want to sit at your desk making a mid-day nap on the sofa at little less tempting. Make sure the top of your computer screen is at eye level or slightly lower to reduce eye fatigue after hours of scanning. You can purchase stands for this or use stable items around the house. And position your keyboard so your forearms are parallel to the floor. Your feet should be able to rest flat on the floor. If your chair doesn't allow for this, use a footrest.
Let There Be Light
If you can get some natural light into your office space, do it! Sunlight is good for the soul and helps to keep you energized. No accessible natural light? No problem. Bring on the lamps. In fact, even if you have a window, you're going to want some lamps for working at night. If you're in a dark space, have a few lamps on hand with different lightbulbs—some with whiter, daytime bulbs and others with golden lowlights for a warmer glow.
If you have the space, create a break-away corner. Set up a comfortable chair or small love seat. Some big comfy cushions on an area rug will also do the trick. This is where you can take breaks and avoid distractions you may encounter in other rooms of the house.
Fill a bookcase with everything you need to stay on task. Stock drawers with pens, pencils, lots of paper—anything and everything you think you may need. Oh, and get a printer to avoid photocopying field trips.
We've heard about some of the outrageous office perks big tech companies offer to woo employees. Here's your chance to woo yourself. You (probably?) can't install a slide or staff a personal barber in your office, but you can have a few luxuries at hand. Consider having a nice coffee maker or filtered water in your room. Fill a basket with snacks. Bring in plants, soft throw blankets, slippers, music, essential oil diffusers—the sky's the limit. After all this is your office space and no one can stop you from enjoying it. Now, get back to work!