You’ve spent a year adapting to life with COVID-19, and as that likely included working from home, you have more than enough reasons to remodel your home office. Whether you find it cramped, outdated, or hazardous, you can upgrade your home office to a space that provides comfort and efficiency.
Optimize Your Space
Even if you’re working with a small area, you can strategize how you set up your space to provide you with the necessities. If you need space to accommodate several screens, storage areas, or desk accessories despite not having an office, you might consider an L-shaped desk or another compact solution. Keep your space tidy with shelves and cabinets that fit below or on top of your desk.
Designing your office doesn’t have to be all about work. Include personal elements by hanging artwork like paintings or posters to create any aesthetic you want. You could also include plants, a stress-relief gadget or fidget toy.
Improve Your Productivity
When you’re comfortable at your desk, you’re likely to stay there and complete more work. It’s worth investing in ergonomic furniture and equipment that prevents you from damaging your back, shoulders, knees, and wrists. You can find computer stands, keyboards, and chairs with ergonomics built into the design. Eliminate distractions such as your cell phone by including timekeeping and goal-setting devices that help with time management.
Follow Safety Guidelines
While you’re taking stock of the reasons to remodel your home office, consider any hazards or disasters you might encounter. Remove clutter that could cause a fire or make you trip when trying to exit your workspace. Smoke detectors are standard in most homes, but you can also add a carbon monoxide detector. Since you live and work in your house, you may feel safe knowing you have this added layer of protection. Other potential hazards are rogue wires damaged by a chair, pet, or heating source.
Reduce Your Energy Costs
You can make upgrades to your space that save you money. Consider sitting near a window to reduce electricity use. You can also switch out your old bulbs for LED ones, install energy-saving windows and doors, and improve the insulation around your home office. Don’t forget to change your home’s air filters because cleaning up is essential after remodeling your office area. Start off saving energy and staying calm in a clean space!
Improve Your Health and Wellbeing
There’s nothing better than a safe and productive workspace. Feeling at home in the office is easiest when your office is in your home. Improving your health, increasing your productivity, and reducing your carbon footprint are all good reasons to remodel your home office, whether you work from home occasionally or every single day.