If you’re lucky enough to have a job that allows you to work from home, creating a work space or home office that boosts productivity is key!
Of course, there are benefits to working from home, like reduced commute time, saving money on petrol, coffee and lunches, not to mention the comfort of working in your pyjamas (okay, try to avoid that one). However, without the right working space set up, you might not be working at peak productivity. Here are 3 tips for a productive home office setup.
1. Get Comfy
The first thing to consider when creating a custom home office is comfortable equipment. Not so comfy that you want to curl and take a nap, of course! But when you’ll be spending long hours at your desk, the right equipment can make all the difference in improving productivity.
For starters, you’re probably going to be spending at least half your day sitting down, so a comfortable chair is key. If you can, bring your office desk chair home to work on. Or, if you need to invest in a new office desk chair, pay attention to back, thigh and arm support to ensure good posture and comfort throughout the working day.
You may even not want to be sitting down all day, with the growing body of research out there telling us that sitting for extended periods is bad for our health. In that case, a desk extender could be a good investment for your custom home office. Desk extenders can be adjusted by height to turn any surface into a standing desk, plus, they’re often a lot cheaper than buying a new standing desk.
2. Go Green!
In our humble opinion, no home office is complete with some greenery. And it’s not just the ABC Blinds team that thinks that! Multiple studies from around the world have linked desk plants to improved mood, concentration and creativity.
With the addition of a few houseplants in your custom home office, this will not only add a dash of colour to the space but it may also reduce your stress levels. As humans, we have a natural tendency to prefer settings with natural elements, and the perceived attractiveness of indoor plants can have stress-reducing effects.
Our tip? Pick plants that are easy to maintain and help to improve the air quality while you work from home. The spider plant, dracaena, ficus and Boston fern are particularly well known for their air filtering qualities.
3. Get Natural Light
Another important factor to consider in your home office design is natural light. If you can, sit near an open window as studies have found that adults who are exposed to natural light during the day actually sleep better compared to those who don’t.
Of course, natural light can also increase on-screen glare, which can be a hinderance to productivity levels. That’s why it’s essential to have the right indoor blinds installed in your custom home office. We all know how effective blinds are at keeping both light and distractions out. However, when you’re styling an office, there are a number of practical factors to consider.
Best home office blinds
Aluminium Venetians: These window blinds are a popular choice for all types of commercial offices and home office setups. With a simple twist of the easy-to-use cord, the slats can be adjusted to reduce any on-screen glare, without reducing any natural light.
Roller Blinds: Although they’re the number one choice for bedrooms, roller blinds work just as well in the home office. We recommend customising office roller blinds with sunscreen fabric, as it helps to reduce heat and glare without disrupting your view.
Vertical Blinds: If your home office or working space is near large windows or sliding doors, vertical blinds are the perfect choice. These blinds are not only great for preventing on-screen glare, but they also help to protect your privacy (goodbye nosey neighbours!).
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