Here's how to create an enviable and comfortable home office

Whether you work from home a few days a week, run a business, study or just need a quiet place to update the administration. You naturally prefer to do that in a comfortable, stylish and productive workspace. A nice home office invites you to spend more time and work in a relaxed way, leaving you with enough energy for other things at the end of the day. So here are four tips for setting up a great workplace

EvelienAugust 2023
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Tip 1 Research: which space suits my working habits?

First, think carefully about your work habits. Are you easily distracted? Do you need peace and quiet? Overview? Or do you work well in chaos? Based on that, choose the best place in your home. Do you have a room or space to spare? Or can you sacrifice one? Then go for a separate space. Definitely don't cram your 'home office' between the kitchen and the dining table. You probably spend a lot of time there, a workspace should be as comfortable as possible, a place where you can concentrate.

Tip 2 Function first, then beauty

It sounds so wonderfully sensible and perhaps a little Dutch: 'go for function and not just looks'. But for a home office, this is truism. After all, you spend a lot of time there and the space should benefit your productivity. Make sure your desk, cabinets and storage spaces are functional first and beautiful second. Think: how much storage space do I need? Can I get by with a small desk or am I more comfortable working at a large one? Am I hosting guests? How many screens and technology do I need? Decide on your desk and cubicle spaces based on this. And most importantly: invest in a good chair. Your back will thank you.

Tip 3 Dress up your workspace with beautiful accessories

Because you spend so much time in your home office, you want the space to be inviting and you'll love being there. Dress it up! Decoration can work wonders. Choose accessories or art that match your style and mood when you are at work and inspire you. You can carry this through to every little detail down to pencil trays, pretty notebooks or a nice pen. Make it personal by hanging photos or with a painting that moves you. If you have a small workspace, hang a mirror, preferably opposite a window for more light. Create a positive and nice atmosphere.

Tip 4 Place your desk centrally

When decorating a workspace, it is sometimes tempting to place all the furniture against the wall. Don't do it! It's a waste of space and you certainly won't make the best use of it. Place your desk in the centre of the room and away from the wall. Your desk should occupy a central place in the workspace. It not only invites you to work, it also gives the room a clear function and a certain degree of comfort. Sit with your back to the wall and not to the door. That can cause restlessness. Last but not least, keep your desk tidy. Make sure everything has a fixed place and function. That way you avoid stacking and eliminate clutter and agitation. Everything for a clean and calm office.

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