3 Ways Make Your Home Office Your Own

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Working from home as always been a dream for many employees that hasn’t been realized. Pre-COVID-19 surveys showed that only 3.9% of American employees worked from home sometimes, while estimates show an increase of 25%-30% work-from-home employees when the pandemic is over. However, this could be more since at least 80% of the workforce wanted to work from home, while many would do so even at the expense of a decreased salary.

One of the reasons this dream has never come true is because of the fear that it would be at the loss of productivity and communication. It seems though that these fears are not based on any statistical data and after the pandemic is over, those fears will subside. 

Working from home not only offers benefits to employees such as reduced travel cost, not being away from family or the feeling of being stuck in an office, but to business owners too. Since there is no office, money is saved on real estate and other overhead costs.

We are also seeing a positive impact on the environment due to less traffic on the roads which cause pollution. All that being said, working from home may not be going away any time soon, so making your home office your own might be a good idea.

Add some flair with posters

If you’re going to be working from home for an extended period of time, this gives you some freedom to be creative. There’s no reason why your home office should be dull, dreary or drab, which is why posters are a brilliant choice when looking to liven up your workspace. Not only is there a poster for just about anybody, they’re inexpensive and are extremely easy to put up or take down.

Perhaps you are looking for something to show your interest in the outdoors or looking at nature helps you to relax while you are working. Maybe you recently visited an exotic location, or the beaches of an island that was mesmerizing. You could choose a business-related poster or one that features a quote, the sky is the limit.

Whatever type poster you decide on Art Frill offer luxury posters in various shapes and sizes, so you could get one large extremely detailed poster, or opt for many smaller ones to cover the walls, giving the eye something different to see as it moves around the room. Posters allow you to give your home office some personality while also maintaining a feel of professionalism.

Give yourself light

If you have ever worked in an office building, one thing you may have noticed is the lack of light. The opposite is true when talking about overhead fluorescent lighting as it often comes across as jarring or unwelcoming, not to mention causing damage to your eyes.

Lighting is extremely important as it affects your mood and more importantly, your productivity. Since this is your office, make it your own by choosing a lighting set up that will lift your mood and make the environment warm and welcoming. There are many options out there to choose from such as incandescent warm light bulbs which provide a much less harsh light, however they are not very energy efficient.

LED bulbs are considered the best choice as they are extremely energy efficient, don’t damage the eyes, are available in a range of colors and can even be dimmed. A good middle ground would be full spectrum lighting which simulates sunlight as well as enhances the way you perceive color, your mood and readability.

Invest in a solid chair 

The best thing to do if you are going to be sitting down all day is to invest in a suitable chair. In this case suitable means ergonomic, and most standard chairs aren’t. Using a non-ergonomic chair over an extended period of time will result in a sore back, pain in the wrists and neck as well as decreased productivity.

The perfect chair will support the curves of your spine and allow for your thighs to be parallel to the floor. It should also have armrests that allow for your shoulders to relax. A great idea would be having a footrest so your feet are flat on the floor, and the height of the chair should be adjusted so your monitor is level with your head.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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