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There have never been more people working from home as there have been during the past year and a half because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Many researchers believe that employees may continue to work from home at least part-time for the foreseeable future.
If you are one of those employees who will continue to work from home, pause for a moment and take a look at your home office? Are you still working from your bed or the kitchen table?
If you are and plan on working from home for a while, you need to designate an area in your home for a home office that you’ll love to work in. Here are seven ways to get the perfect space you can’t wait to work in every day.Find a space and make it your own - no matter how small it is, you'll be happier and more productive if you love your home office! Click To Tweet
Think Hardwood Flooring
One of the best ways to designate your home office space is to try hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is a great way to improve the look of your home office.
According to Tri-Point Flooring, a company offering hardwood flooring in Raleigh, “you have many options for your floors, including solid wood, engineered wood, and vinyl plank options that all look outstanding in a home office.”
All these flooring choices are great for office furniture. They look professional, they are easy to clean, and child and pet-friendly.
Are you worried about your budget? There are so many options for flooring. You’ll be able to find one that fits within your budget easily.
Use Adhesive Wallpaper to Decorate Home Office
Adhesive wallpaper is one of the newest trends in home decorating. Instead of dating your home office, it adds color and texture to your room. It can also help you break a large space into a separate nook for your home office.
Adhesive wallpaper comes in tons of colors, textures, and patterns, so it will be easy to find the wallpaper of your dreams.
Also, if you get thoroughly sick of the wallpaper, it will be easy to remove it and paint. You could also remove it and put a different wallpaper in its place.
Best of all, adhesive wallpaper provides a great focal point during those lengthy Zoom calls.
Block Out the World
Want to work uninterrupted? You may want to consider adding a white noise machine, waterfall, or noise-canceling headphones to your work routine.
That way, you’ll be able to work without worrying about the doorbell, kids running through the house, or your dog barking.
You’ll be able to focus and be productive during your work hours so that you can focus on your family after hours.
Spruce Up Your Home Office With Fluid Space and Seating
Depending on what kind of job you do and what type of home you have, your home office may need to change from time to time to a children’s playroom, a meeting area, or a place to practice your hobbies. Your furniture in your home office needs to be able to move around.
Have some comfy seats that can double as a meeting area or a conference room. Be sure you have a conference couch that can convert to a bed if you use your home office as a guest room in your home.
End tables, rugs, and other furnishings should be able to move easily as well. You may choose to have a worktable rather than a desk, which could be moved to accommodate more people as needed.
Decorate Your Desk
Having a boring desk to work from isn’t inspiring to anyone. It would be best if you approached your desk the way a decorator would. Your desk needs to have things that make you happy on it.
Perhaps that includes pictures of your children or your partner. You might have a happy dog or cat picture as your screensaver. Your desk might consist of a sea glass paperweight, a comfortable pen and pencil holder, and even a tiny plaque with one of your favorite saying on it.
You need to put some thought into your desk design because you will be working at it for months or even years to come. You aren’t going to want to work at a desk that doesn’t make you smile.
This might even include painting your desk or using some of that adhesive wallpaper to decorate it. You want a desk that suits you and your needs. If you want to paint your desk white and add floral adhesive wallpaper to it, that is exactly what you should do.
Your Dream Home Office Setup Should Include Things You Like
This may seem like a no-brainer, but one reason people love to work from home is that all of their favorite things are there.
Perhaps you have a window in your home office that looks out into the garden. You may use a room with lots of natural light. A candle or diffuser blows your favorite scent.
Be sure to incorporate all of these items into your home office. If you have a favorite scent, why not use it in your office? You can light candles, pour a scent into your diffuser, and listen to a podcast or music while working.
You need to have a comfortable, sturdy chair to work in and a desk or table you love. When you are surrounded by favorite things, such as pictures of your family, favorite paintings or art, and scents, it makes work so much more enjoyable.
Security Home Office Design Tips
Finally, if you are trying to make sure your home office is your oasis during work time, you need to make sure your oasis is protected.
Have a security camera in your home office that shows you the outside of your home, for example, or focuses on your backyard. That way, if someone comes to the front door, you will instantly see who it is and what they want.
You’ll feel safer, and you’ll be able to focus on your work at hand, instead of worrying about your house.
If you make your home office into an area you’ll be proud of; you’ll be able to achieve more at home than you ever could working in your dreary office downtown in an office building.
Can you share any work from home office design tips with us?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.