Like a boss.

With an increase in workplaces offering flexible working arrangements, as well as the trend towards the self-proclaimed ‘entrepreneur’, more and more of us are finding ourselves working from home. With the non-existent commute and home-cooked lunches we can certainly see the appeal. However to get the most out of your day, it’s important to take the time to set up your study and make it a place where creativity and productivity thrives.

Here, we take you through the seven essential items to consider when setting up a home office.

Home Office

1. The Desk
Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? Your desk should be spacious, sturdy and situated away from too many distractions. Choose a neutral colour like timber or white so that it stands the test of time and changing trends. Keep it clutter-free by purchasing a couple of magazine holders or file storage systems so that you always have a place to keep bills and paperwork that have a habit of piling up on your desk.

2. The Chair
You’re going to be sitting on this chair for up to eight or more hours a day, so choose carefully. Find one that fully supports your back. Your feet should be resting flat on the floor, and your eyes should be in line with the monitor, so that you don’t have to arch your neck looking up or down. If you can, choose a chair with adjustable height and tilt, and play around until you find the perfect position.

3. The Décor
Soft, natural colour schemes in blues and greens have known positive effects on mood and productivity, whilst yellow can boost innovation amongst creative types. Keep your space as uncluttered as you can, with a few choice pieces that will bring life and colour to the space. For us, a no-brainer is a bookshelf (it will make you look and feel super studious) as well as some filing shelves. Don’t forget your walls too, this is a great opportunity to add something inspiring to your room that you can gaze at while procrastinating resting your eyes.

4. The Partition
Ideally, you’ll be setting up your home office in a spare room or dedicated study – away from the hustle and bustle of the living areas and without the distraction of television. However, if this option isn’t available to you, consider investing in a partition or room divider to keep your living space separated from your office area. It will help separate home from work, and keep you on task! Plus when you sit down to watch TV after work you won’t be staring directly at your laptop screen reminding you of work.

5. The Rug
Let’s be honest, not many rooms feel complete without the added touch of a cosy rug, especially in the cooler months. A rug placed under your chair and desk helps to zone off your office area in a larger open plan space. In a smaller nook or study room, a round rug as an accent feature adds colour and fun to the space.

6. The Greenery
It’s no secret here The Home we love ourselves a bit of greenery – see our guide to indoor plants here. Not only do they look great and make a space feel cosy, they have known effects on both your mood and productivity. Win, win. Go all out with a fern, or start small with a potted succulent smiling up at you on your desk.

7. The ‘Something Special’
This is a space you’re going to be spending a lot of time in – so make it yours! Bring in an item or two that makes you happy. It could be a poster of your favourite destination, a stack of your favourite books or a framed family portrait.


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