Whether your daily commute to work is just a few steps down the hall from your living room or you work remotely every other Friday, proper home office design puts you on the road to success. The Alamosa Home Design Team knows the importance of an office that is efficient, boosts productivity, and provides comfort for those long hours behind the desk.
Location, location, location
Step one is to decide where to set up shop. Choosing an area in the house where outside noise levels are minimal is ideal. Traffic sounds, kids at play, and dogs barking could be a distraction. Think about how sounds will transmit through video and phone conferencing. When working from home, create a clear work/life separation so the lines aren’t blurred. It may be tempting to “multi-task” and try to tackle household chores (or catch up on the latest television show), your productivity will suffer. Decide what time your work day will start and end and then stick to it!
Good Lighting Is Essential
Natural light is always wonderful, but what happens on cloudy days (or if your office is located in a room without windows)? The right lighting brings many benefits, from improving your mood to ensuring that working on tasks is eyestrain-free.
Design Tip: To prevent glare, avoid placing overhead lighting directly above computer screens. Be sure not to place your computer screen in front of windows, this will cause headaches and eyestrain.
Selecting the Right Furniture
Have fun and play off of your personal style. What design type do you gravitate towards? Whether it’s timeless solid wood pieces or furniture with sleek, modern lines, select furniture that suits you. There’s no need for a cookie cutter cubicle feel at home!
With our variety of seating options, desks, bookcases, and cabinets all meticulously handpicked by our Design Team, the only problem you’ll have selecting your office furniture is deciding which pieces you love most!
The Mayo Clinic – Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research shares essential information on office ergonomics and how to create a comfortable workspace to help you feel your best. Read up on Mayo Clinic’s ergonomic recommendations below:
Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away. The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level. The monitor should be directly behind your keyboard. If you wear bifocals, lower the monitor an additional 1 to 2 inches for more comfortable viewing. Place your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side.
Choose a chair that supports your spinal curves. Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest and your thighs are parallel to the floor. Adjust armrests so your arms gently rest on them with your shoulders relaxed.
Keyboard and Mouse
Place your mouse within easy reach and on the same surface as your keyboard. While typing or using your mouse, keep your wrists straight, your upper arms close to your body, and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows. Use keyboard shortcuts to reduce extended mouse use. If possible, adjust the sensitivity of the mouse so you can use a light touch to operate it. Alternate the hand you use to operate the mouse by moving the mouse to the other side of your keyboard.
Under the desk, make sure there’s clearance for your knees, thighs, and feet. If the desk is too high and can’t be adjusted, raise your chair. Use a footrest to support your feet as needed. If your desk has a hard edge, pad the edge or use a wrist rest. Don’t store items under your desk.