We have all worked from home, now and then. It is convenient and comfortable, minus the formal environment of a workplace. But what about when your home also doubles up as an office? While it may be easy to operate on your couch with a laptop computer, one must make certain provisions when setting up a home office.
Picking the right spot
If you live by yourself, deciding the room in which you will operate is not that much of a problem. All you need is to place your computer in a part of the house and you’re done. Shared households are a different matter. Ideally, you should choose a quiet corner of your house and set it up. This rules out the kitchen and the living room. To set up your home office, pick a spot where there is lots of natural light. That said, avoid spots that will have you facing a window. It being right behind you is also not ideal because of screen glare. Pick a spot with the window on one side. This will give you something to look at from time to time apart from your screen or the wall.
It is very important for your computer setup to be out of sight when you’re done with work. For your home office, choose a part of the house that is slightly secluded from your usual living space. This will help you switch off from work at the end of the day. While it may be difficult for some to have a dedicated office space in the house, a small partition can do wonders.
Setting up your computer
When it comes to computers, a desk is your best bet. It places the keyboard at a comfortable typing height, and the screen at an eye level. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use a small table or a wide shelf for your monitor and keyboard. The CPU can, of course, be placed in the base unit or on the floor. If you have a laptop or an all-in-one PC, space won’t be a problem. Ensure that the Wi-Fi connection is strong where your home office is set up. If you have a laptop, you could consider an external screen. Choose a computer desk that provides space to keep appliances such as a printer, scanner, or paper shredder. It is possible that you will have quite a bit of papers to store. Invest in a storage system. It can be as minimal as a set of trays.
Choosing the right chair
Now the most important part – the chair. While you may be tempted to just use any of the chairs in the house, it is recommended that you invest in a proper office chair. Your workspace and home space need to be set apart. You’re going to spend a lot of time in your office chair. The least that you can do is choose a chair that keeps you comfortable during that time. A good office chair needs to be fully adjustable while providing good lumbar support. A chair with castors and a swivel base are a definite plus as they help you move away from your desk whenever you want.
All said and done, your home office is something that needs to be setup suitably. An intelligently set up home office will not only make your work more disciplined and aligned, but will also accentuate your overall health and productivity.