Prior to the pandemic, home offices were considered luxuries and not truly essential. If it was a WFH day, many people simply answered emails from the kitchen counter, the family room sofa or even bed.
Home offices used to be a rarity in American households according to a professional remodeling contractor, but now that remote employment and virtual schooling are the norm, they’re in high demand. To optimize productivity while working from home, follow these principles when designing your home office space:
1. Inject motivation
Decorate your workspace with items that inspire you. What motivates you? Is it your children, your favorite motivational quote or your desire to succeed? Visualize that motivation in the space.
2. Functional Storage
It’s vital to have storage items that match your style. Low-level cupboards with shelves above are a great option to consider for your basement remodeling project. If you are short on wall space, consider a larger desk with storage. Continuity is the key to a beautiful home office or study.
3. Let in the Sun
It’s one of the oldest concepts of modern workplace design: allow in plenty of sunlight! Natural light has a larger color spectrum, which minimizes eyestrain and makes people more alert, which improves productivity and can also boost moods.
4. Build Breakout Spaces
Breakout places should be located near lunchrooms or stairwells, away from areas where customers or visitors may not comprehend the strategic goal. According to American Express’s OPEN Forum, “Break-out spaces aren’t just somewhere for employees to eat lunch – they help foster creativity.”
5. Invest in the Things That Matter
Making sure your home office has the necessary tools is the first step. This includes a comfy chair, a spacious desk and all the technology you need. When planning your home office budget, prioritize the items that will help you be more productive, understanding that you can always add more later. You’ll be spending a lot of time here, so make it as convenient as possible.
6. Get Organized
Organization is another major modern office design element that requires some strategy. The most productive and lucrative offices today are bright and tidy. Getting and staying organized usually entails improving traffic flow and using space-efficient furniture and equipment.
Let’s get started on your home renovation project! JLR Home Renovation has been providing top-notch basement, kitchen and bathroom remodeling since 1995. Call us at (717) 452-4962 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We work with clients in Hummelstown, Elizabethtown and Hershey, PA.