Tips for setting up your home office

Setting up a home office can be a motivating time! You can pick out furniture that inspires you, organise your desk to suit your style and maybe even brighten up the space with a few plants.

Tips for setting up your home office

In recent times, the need for a home office has become a priority for many people. Today, we take a look at a few tips for setting up a home office, so you can build a productive and motivating space.

Where should I put my home office?

The positioning of your home office is important, particularly if it’s somewhere you’ll be spending a lot of your time. Ideally, a home office should be placed in a spot with plenty of natural light and airflow. 

While setting up your office items at the kitchen table might be the only option for those with limited amounts of space, a dedicated office space is ideal for being able to clock off at the end of a long day and not having to worry about packing up!

Invest in a good-quality chair

If you spend a good amount of time each week working from your home office, then you’ll want to look into investing in a good-quality chair. This should be one that provides plenty of support, is ideally adjustable, and most importantly, is comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. 

A chair is one thing, however for a fully ergonomic work station setup, you should consider other elements such as a footrest, backrest and lighting. Worksafe QLD have an abundance of tips and advice on setting up your workstation along with a handy video on improving posture when sitting at your desk here.

Manage your cords

Messy cords can make the whole space feel cluttered and disorganised. Luckily, there are plenty of cord management devices available to help keep your cables in check. There are many options to manage your cords such as clips at the underside of your desk, cordless chargers for laptops and phones, monitors that charge your laptop as well as more elaborate cable management systems. 

Bring some plant life into the mix

Plants can make any space look brighter! Add a small succulent, flowerpot, or hanging ivy to your home office setup to bring a little bit of life into the space. Add plants to your office space as you see fit, don’t be afraid to try a few different combinations, and figure out your own personal plant style.

Protect your equipment

If you’ve invested in a bunch of important equipment for your home office setup, you’ll want to make sure it’s protected against a myriad of unforeseen circumstances. This can be done through contents insurance. Contents insurance can protect your furniture, tablet, and desktop computer against unforeseen circumstances such as theft, fire damage, water damage, and more. Surge protectors are also a great way of protecting your expensive electronics and reducing the risk of dangerous power spikes. 

Invest in storage options

When setting up a small home office, you’ll likely want to invest in a few storage options to cut down on the desk and space clutter. Some options for office storage can include drawers or cabinets that sit under the desk, smaller drawers that can be placed on the desk, or purchasing a desk with built-in storage.

Consider privacy

If you don’t have the space to dedicate an entire room to becoming your home office, don’t worry because you can still have a bit of privacy in an open space. A room divider can be a simple way to bring a bit of separation to your at-home desk setup. Simply position the divider to block off your working space. This can also be a helpful tip if you live with others, as it provides a clear signal for when you are working. 

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