With 30% of Americans working from home in 2023, having a functional home office has never been more important. While remote workers may have been able to get away with an improvised home office in the past, if you’re working remotely now, it’s likely that you’ll continue to do so for quite some time.
For those still working from the couch, at their kitchen table, or (gasp) from bed, it’s time to level up. A well-designed, dedicated workspace increases productivity due to a decrease in distractions and increase in boundary-setting between work and life. Sounds pretty good, right?
So, put your interior design cap on, because we’re about to dive into 5 tips for designing your home office.
1. Choose the Right Location
For many, the right location for your new home office is self explanatory. If you have an extra bedroom, for example, it’s easy enough to do a little redecorating to make the room suitable for work. In a perfect world, this room would feature privacy and natural light– but we know this isn’t always realistic.
However, not all of us are lucky enough to have an extra room in our homes. For a lot of people, the idea of carving out space in an already jammed pack home seems, well, impossible. But we promise you that with a little reconfiguring, it can be done.
If you have an infrequently used space in your home, such as a dining room, strategic placement of furniture will allow you to turn the room into a multipurpose space. For example, by placing a rolling file cabinet in your desired workspace, you’ll be able to easily move it out of the way when looking to transition your space back to what it was originally intended to be.
2. Invest in Furniture You Love
Once you’ve picked out your space, it’s time to furnish it with pieces that you love– and hopefully, will maintain for years to come. As environmental stewards, we always advocate for sustainable home office furniture that pushes back against the fast furniture industry, such as our Small Wood Executive Desk paired with an ergonomic office chair you’ll be able to sit in for hours at a time.
3. Work with the Space You’ve Got
While we’d all love to have a private office space, for many, this isn’t realistic. If you’ve picked out a hidden corner of your home and have dubbed it your home office, you’re off to a great start. Accessorize with a desk able to fit your space, such as a small wood desk or sit-stand desk, as well as bookcases and filing cabinets that can be customized to fit unique spaces.
4. Create a “Zoom Wall” for Stress Free Meetings
The last thing you want to think about when you’re about to hop on a video call is whether or not your space looks presentable. To ensure that your calls are stress free, set up a “Zoom Wall,” or, a dedicated space to take your meetings featuring a presentable background.
While many use the space behind their desk as their Zoom Wall– featuring a neutral color or accessories related to their job– any space where you feel confident will do.
5. Ensure Plenty of Light
The last thing we want after staring at a computer screen all day is unnecessary eye strain. The biggest way to prevent this? Making sure there’s enough lighting throughout your workspace. While natural light from a nearby window is preferred, accessorizing with table lamps and floor lamps are perfect for those work days that extend into the evening.
Inspired to start looking for pieces to build out your new home office? Browse online or connect with our sales team for assistance.
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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.