With an unprecedented number of people worldwide now working from home, there’s no better time to turn your attention to your highly neglected workspace. With these simple tips and corresponding shoppables, below, you can transform your workspace at home into an ambient oasis of calm and beauty worthy of Pinterest – because we hate to break it to you, but working from bed is not a thing.
Carve out Your Area
Claim a domain that is yours and yours alone – the less distractions, the better. The key to a quality workspace is lighting and noise-cancellation. Carve out your area of the house as far away from home traffic as possible. If you have little ones at home or are in a tight space, your salvation comes in the form of noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds. Stock your desk with things you actually need – like writing utensils, notepads, and document trays – and minimize clutter wherever possible.
Make It Ergonomic
The lack of movement and physical activity that comes with working from home can wreak havoc on the body. That means it is especially important that your desk set-up is ergonomically correct to minimize lower back pains and joint problems. Make sure your chair is outfitted with lumbar support, and that your posture is not slouchy or hunched over.
Again, sorry, but that means no working from your bed or the couch. Get thee to a desk or table, and make sure that you sit straight with your hips far back in the chair. Your feet also need to be flat on the ground, with the computer monitor a few inches above eye level and your keyboard at an arm’s length away. Alternatively, if you want to work your core while you work from home, a seating ball is ideal. You can also opt for a standing desk.
Cozy It Up
Little luxurious accents will bring comfort and style to your home desk set-up – think: candles, plush throws, flower arrangements, and other chic desk accessories. These will create an oasis of escape in your home, and make the difficulties of social distancing much easier to tolerate.
Add Some Greenery
Studies have proven that just looking at pictures of nature can lead to improved mental health, so why not brighten up your workspace with some flora and fauna? Natural greenery or even faux greenery can do wonders for your state of mind. Gather some inspiration from the visuals, below.