With the rise of remote
working, having a functional home workspace has become a necessity. Whether
you’re creating one from scratch or looking to improve the current one, this
article by Suzie Wilson of HappierHome.net will
provide you with a few simple, budget-friendly options to explore.
Declutter the Space
Whether it be paperwork,
stationery, or electronics, you’re bound to have excess objects which the space
can do without. Follow these steps to rid your workspace of clutter:
● Going through the clutter, if you find important
documents, scan and upload
them to a cloud storage software. There are various free mobile applications
you can use for this task. While it will be time-consuming, it is a one-time
activity that will result in you having access to all important documents anytime,
anywhere. Remember to shred physical copies
and dispose of them in the trash.
● For documents such as contracts, and tax filings
that you prefer not to shred, consider buying vertical cabinets that provide
ample storage while taking up minimal space.
● As a remote worker, there are rarely any projects
that require the use of stationary. Hence, consider storing it in the cabinet
to keep your desk open and clean.
Create an Accent Wall
The simplest way to give
your workspace a fresh look is to create an accent wall. This involves
decorating a particular wall to improve the room's aesthetic and flair. If your
work desk faces a wall, consider converting that into an accent wall.
Conversely, if you work in a home office, decorate the wall located opposite
One of the best options
for creating an accent wall is to use peel-and-stick wallpaper. As the name
suggests, all you’ll need to do is peel the covering and paste the wallpaper on
your workspace wall, no separate tools or adhesive is required! Additionally,
when it comes to design, you can choose from a plethora of templates or create
a custom wallpaper for your walls.
Buy an Ergonomic Chair
Remote working has been
notoriously linked to long workdays, resulting in individuals spending most of
the time sitting in chairs. In the absence of an office chair, the best
alternative is to use the dining chair that has poor ergonomics, which, as
reported by Karo can lead to various health issues such
● Neck, back, and shoulder pain
● Poor blood circulation
● Weight gain
While a good-quality
ergonomic chair can cost you up to $300, it is worth every penny. Ergonomic
chairs are made with long-term comfort in mind, minimizing distractions during
work, resulting in higher productivity.
Install Good Lighting
The ideal choice should
be to set up your workspace near a window that receives ample natural light
through the course of a workday. As reported by HMC Architects, working in
natural light reduces eye strain, promotes positive moods, and improves productivity.
But, if natural light in
your home is limited, consider investing in ambient lighting that provides
similar benefits. Prominent options include floor lamps, LED downlights/light
strips, ceiling track lights, and chandeliers. Ambient lighting will provide ample illumination
for your workspace without causing glare, making it the perfect option for
working and holding in-person/virtual meetings.
As reported by The
Balance, bringing nature into your workspace will create a positive work environment, and increase productivity. Additionally, they cleanse
the air of common indoor pollutants and promote better health.
Most houseplants are low
maintenance and will be a valuable addition to your workspace for at least 2-5
years. Here are some prominent options to consider:
● African Violet
● English Ivy
● Aloe vera
● Lucky Bamboo
By implementing the
above-mentioned tips for your home office upgrade, you'll create a space that
provides a balance between comfort and functionality. While these updates will
be light on your wallet, they'll provide big returns for years to come.