The last year and a half have altered almost every facet of life. Some of the largest changes have occurred in the workplace – quite simply, we work differently now.

As the masses left the highways and tall office buildings, they began setting up shop in the nooks and crannies of theirs homes – in spare bedrooms, at the dining room table, even on the couch…. The longer this work-from-home trend lingers the more it becomes the new normal – the more important it is to have a space dedicated for your “office”.

Here are some tips to ensure you are making the most of your space.

1. Location

Home offices come in many different sizes and are the key to ensure you think about where and when you do your work. If you’re a busy mom, the kitchen table could be an ideal place as you can for your central command. If you’re a busy professional who spends your day on the telephone then space away from household distractions would be a better fit.

2. Allow Enough Space

Professional designers say to allow at least 60 inches in width and 84 inches in depth. Make sure you have enough space for the tasks, you must complete.

3. Spend the Money on a Good Chair

This cannot be overstated enough! Quality chairs are not cheap but they can contribute to your comfort more than any single piece of office furniture. Your back and neck will thank you!

4. Storage and Shelving

This is your new office – you will need space for storage. Plan for it before you need it. There are many options, whether storage cabinets, shelving units, or simply a well-thought-through closet reno. The key here is to plan and have the space ready before you need it.

5. Lighting

The lighting types and levels in our environment have been scientifically proven to affect our mood, performance, and productivity levels. Everyone has their own preferences and serious thought should be given to this. Natural light is preferred by most; however, advances in lighting technology have produced some exciting alternatives over the decade.

              This is the new reality for many – invest in yourself and your new space and the ongoing productivity and comfort that you will experience will be worth every ounce of effort you have had to put into this new venture.


Written by:

Colin Gainham of Karen Paul & Associates

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