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Creating a productive home office space

WFH is now in the lexicon thanks to spending most of the previous year sheltering-in-place. Even the Wall Street Journal has used it in headlines and it stands for Working From Home.  If you’re still working at the kitchen table, it might be time to consider an upgrade.  Why not provide yourself with a productive workspace?

There is more variety of work from home options than ever before.  That was clearly evident at the Fall Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC.  Our Decorating Den Interiors senior vice president for merchandising and marketing reported that WFH was the “hottest category at Market. There was ample variety to make working from home memorable and effective for all.”  Here are some steps can you take to create a productive home office –

Pick your space

First, you need to choose where you want to set up your home office. Do you have a particular room that you can use just for work? Or maybe a secluded corner or nook within a larger room would suit your needs better. Whatever it may be, it’s important to pick a space that will allow for productivity and will also keep you from going crazy.

Functional furniture

A workstation in a sunny room with a door that can shut is always ideal if you need quiet for video meetings, phone calls or just to focus on the task at hand.  Even a desk or table in a bedroom is preferable to working at a kitchen table. If you can position your desk in front of a window, it will not only give you ample light for working, at least during the daytime, but will also illuminate you for those video calls.

Speaking of lighting: Layer your lighting as much as possible. The variety of table lamps or task lighting is phenomenal and can come with just the right base to fit a personal interest or hobby. That will give additional lighting for video calls on those gray days or after sunset.

Try incorporating some plans or personal decorations into your home office.Try incorporating some plants or personal decorations into your home office.

You don’t often have many choices in furnishings at the company office. Not so at home. There are so many options for office desks that, with some help from a professional, you can find one that will satisfy your work needs and fit your space, design preference and lifestyle. You can adjust height, be stylish and trendy, and even make a statement.

Similarly, chair options are plentiful. Ergonomic chairs have a backrest that can be raised and lowered, as well as moved forward and backward to eliminate bending or stretching.  Firm lumbar support may be an issue if you are sitting for long stretches at a time.   If you are sitting for long hours in that chair, it’s worth it to make the added investment in quality seating.

Storage is another issue with many solutions. If your space is at a premium, you may need a desk with its own storage. However, if you do have the space, there are fabulous options for furnishings that will do the job.

Calming decor

Of course, you want to be able to get your usual amount of work done, but sitting in a bland office won’t do you any good. Most people like to keep photos, plants or meaningful trinkets on their desk in the office. Why not do the same for your home office? Even if it’s just picking up a framed photo from a different part of the house and bringing it to your desk, adding that extra personalization to your new setup can make all the difference.

Try keeping some candles or indoor plants on or around your desk, recommends Forbes. This can help to bring a touch of nature to your home office, as well as some nice ambiance for your new work setting. They also suggest incorporating some throw pillows or blankets to keep your space cozy.

There is no “typical” home-office style. It’s all your choice.

Feeling inspired to completely overhaul your home office after making these changes? Get in touch with Decorating Den Interiors to help you redesign your space for an entire makeover.

Jennifer Pysnack is the owner of Decorating Den Interiors in Manlius, New York.  From concept to completion, we handle all the details.  Learn more about us at www.jenpysnack.decoratingden.com where you can request an in-home consultation or sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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