There comes a time in just about every room of the house when we find ourselves looking around and saying “This space needs a bit of an upgrade.” This can especially be the case when it comes to our home offices being that we spend so many hours each week inside of it.
If you would like to redesign your home office so that it looks a bit more modern and functional, there are some things that you can do in a matter of just a couple of days to achieve that goal. We have five tips to assist you below:
Change your walls. One fun thing about a home office is that you can decorate it in any way that you’d like. So, rather than painting your home office a boring shade of white, go with something that lifts your spirits like a shade of blue, green or even orange. Once the walls have their new hue, you can then hang up some of your favorite paintings, prints, motivational quotes or even homemade artwork from your kids (matted in a frame, of course).
Have plenty of storage. A home office can never have too many storage options. Sure, you can purchase a plain vertical bookshelf, but some really contemporary approaches are to have a few shelves attached to the back of your front door or to purchase a couple of ottomans to strategically place throughout the room.
Get the right desk and chair. You’re going to be spending a lot of time sitting at your desk, so you definitely need to make sure that you’re comfortable, right? This is where ergonomics (the study between workers and their environment) comes in. There are many furniture designers and manufacturers who specialize in designing ergonomic desks and chairs; ones that aren’t just modern in their appearance but will also support your body throughout the day. Relax the Back, Ultimate Back Store and Ergonomic Home are just three stores that can help you with finding furniture that’s the perfect fit.
Update your technology. Every home office needs a computer, phone, and a printer. But, if you are currently using a desktop, you can save energy and office space by swapping it out for a laptop instead. When it comes to your phone service, consider going with a VOIP company rather than using a landline (one that can also show you how to send a fax online). And as far as a printer, you might want to look into purchasing a Wi-Fi printer; that way you can print from anywhere in the house without the need for a USB cable to be connected to your computer in order to do it.
Have fun with the lighting. If you can’t remember the last time that you changed your home office’s window treatments, then it’s definitely time for something new. Consider installing some light-colored Roman shades or some curtains made out of sheer fabric so that the natural light can shine through during daytime hours. For the evening time, look for some creative light fixtures like perhaps a pendant light, ceiling lamp or even just a light switch that comes with a dimmer. Just make sure that you put a fluorescent light bulb inside of your fixture. They use less energy and last much longer; perfect for any time or day of the year.