More and more people are working from home on a regular basis, either because their full-time job calls for it or because you have a side gig that requires you to get some work done at your own apartment. Whether you have a separate room for your office or you have to package it into another living space, setting up the perfect home office can be tricky nonetheless. The good news is that we’ve got some tips for setting up a functional home office to make your life all that much easier.
1. Determine Your Needs
First, you’ve got to think about what you have—and what you will need. If your primary workstation just needs space for a laptop, that makes things easier, but the more equipment you have means more restrictions on space. Adding a desktop, multiple monitors, or a printer may be necessary for the work you’re doing, but it also means limitations on how much usable space you’ll have leftover.
2. Keep Your Space Clear of Distractions
Typical offices are begging for some kind of personal touch to humanize the space a bit, but when you’re working from your apartment, it’s a good idea to keep all of those personal items out of the way. Keeping your space focused on functionality is an easy way to keep yourself on track during work hours and if you need that touch of home, you can always take a break and enjoy the rest of your apartment.
3. Think About Orientation
We all have different needs depending on who we are. Orienting your desk so you can look out of a window might lead you to be distracted, but for other people, it could help them find the right balance between working and daydreaming. Play around with the space and see what works to help you feel as productive as possible. However, keep in mind that adding a dividing wall will make your space feel significantly smaller and may draw unwanted attention to your home office.
4. Making the Space Fit In
If your office isn’t its own separate room and is part of the rest of your home, it’s important that you make it look natural and not like an artificial, separate space that stands out. To do this, add some functional storage that still looks like it belongs in a home. Use a vase for holding pens or store papers in creatively designed baskets. Matching your home office decor with the rest of your apartment will make everything blend together much nicer.
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