02 Aug How to design an ideal Home Office
One minute you were rushing to office and the next you’re on zoom call for all your meetings with the boss. Since the corona virus (Covid-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 15, many employers had to mandate their employees to work from home. Some companies are even planning to do this permanently, one of them being Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Working remotely has its challenges such as being confined to your bed or battling over a designated couch. This can be the perfect opportunity to model the ideal home office you have always dreamt of!
So here are our few tips to keep in mind while you design your home office
Location, Location, Location
You’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stuff yourself into a corner.
Also, It should be away from the hush bush of your home, so that you can not constantly be distracted. The key to selecting the right place by considering where and when you do your work. If you have to manage household then a kitchen desk area may be the ideal place for your central command post. Otherwise, you’ll want to select a space that’s away from the daily flow and distractions of your household.
Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function
Your desk must help you be more efficient and not become a hindrance to your workflow. Analyze your current workflow before buying a piece of furniture, and then look for a piece that compliments your workflow and is beautiful as well.
Keep in mind that your home office should complementary to other rooms in the house and not feel like a “soulless cubicle”.
Selecting a desk and chair
Choosing the right table and chair for your home office is essential. Select a desk that is wide enough for your desktop and anything else necessary to do your work. Ideally, your desk should 48” (120cm) wide minimum.
However, if all you ever need is a laptop you can get away with less. Most people find 60” (150cm) wide or larger to be the most comfortable. Choose a desk that is not too high – 28”-30” (70-75cm) high is a good range.
You spend hours sitting in your working chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every rupee. Invest in a good quality chair. It should be comfortable and adjustable, if possible. Your neck and back will thank you.
Give Yourself a View
Position the desk where you have view more interesting than a blank wall when you glance up from the computer. A window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re facing a wall, hang a pretty picture above the desk, or position your chair to face the door.
Choose Homey Accessories
Unless you’re going for a contemporary look, choose extras that enhance the homely feeling of your home office. Hang family, friends pictures, posters, whether that’s simply your kids’ framed artwork or a classic painting.
Tame Your Technology
Nothing makes a home office look or feel more cluttered than wires hanging from your desk and running everywhere. Take control of your technology with these simple tips:
Add a wireless router – you’ll reduce your wires by half
Invest in both a wireless printer and a wireless mouse
Add a grommet in your desktop to lead any wires from your desk down below
Pin any visible wires to the underside of your desk or down along a desk leg
Gather loose wires with a simple cord tamer.
Let There Be Light
Here’s a bright idea: make sure your office has plenty of light. It helps to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Natural light just uplifts your mood. Position the monitor so there’s no glare from a window or overhead light, and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.
Let us know what are your thoughts. .