How to Improve Your Home Office
By Rylie Holt
If you’re like many bloggers and entrepreneurs, you’re now working from home the majority of the time. But if you made this transition quickly, or if you never invested in your home office properly, you may be stuck with inferior furniture and an atmosphere that isn’t conducive to your best work.
Fortunately, it’s never too late to make the home office improvements you need to accomplish your goals.
Why Improve a Home Office?
Why spend money and time improving a home office when your current setup is getting the job done? The short answer is, there’s always room for optimization. Small changes in your environment could play a massive role in boosting your creativity, your productivity, and even your own personal enjoyment.
Most of your changes will improve one of these three broad factors:
- Focus. Some changes in your office will naturally help you focus better. The fact that you have an office in the first place is great—it means you have a dedicated workspace, free from distractions, but within that environment, many features could interfere with your ability to work properly.
- Comfort. Don’t neglect the importance of personal comfort. On a superficial level, feeling comfortable during the day can keep you in a better mood and make you feel better about working. But long-term, your comfort can have real consequences for your health; for example, sitting in a comfortable, ergonomically designed chair can reduce your chances of developing long-term chronic back pain.
- Image. If you plan on hosting clients or other people in your home office at some point, or if you’re taking video calls regularly, you may need to consider the aesthetics of your environment.
So how can you improve these factors?
First, the right furniture can help you improve all three factors. Sitting and working comfortably is imperative, and can help you focus better and achieve more. It can also make your home office look more professional and put-together. Home office furniture should include things like a professional desk, an ergonomic chair, and even bookcases and filing cabinets where you can store other materials.
When buying home office furniture, consider:
- Your vendor. Working with a reliable vendor can help you ensure your furniture will be high-quality and last a long time. Home office furniture vendors like BTOD have established a great reputation for themselves, so you can feel confident buying from them, regardless of the specific pieces you choose.
- Your personal preferences. Not everyone will benefit from having the same furniture. Some people naturally want to sit higher than others, and others prefer standing instead of sitting. Some people prefer leather seats, while others prefer breathable cloth. There are no right or wrong answers here, but think about what appeals to you best.
- Your customizable options. Some of the best furniture options are customizable; you’ll be able to control how high they are, how (and if) they swivel, and more. Make sure you consider the customizability of each option before moving forward.
- Your budget. Budget is an interesting variable in home office furniture. In many ways, you get what you pay for; you’ll have to spend several hundred to a few thousand dollars for furniture capable of supporting you best. But at the same time, you don’t want to completely exhaust your budget unnecessarily.
Next, you’ll want to make sure you have the best possible equipment. If your main computer is old or not functioning properly, it’s likely in your best interest to purchase a new computer. If you do, make sure you get one with decent specs, so you can run all the programs you need efficiently and enjoy a reasonably fast speed. While you’re at it, consider investing in a second (or even a third) monitor, especially if you find yourself multitasking regularly, with many open windows. For many people, a second monitor is a gamechanger, and a luxury you can’t give up once you establish it.
Background and Atmosphere
Finally, remember to adjust the background and the atmosphere. Again, different people have different preferences here, so feel free to experiment. Do you like the idea of being surrounded by bookshelves? What about houseplants? Or do you prefer staring at abstract art during the workday to stimulate your creativity? Whatever makes you work hard, remain focused, and feel comfortable in your environment is worth adding.
You may not be able to put together a perfect, individualized home office right away. Instead, it may take some trial and error. Try out different types of equipment and different types of furniture to see what works best for you, personally—and don’t be afraid to make changes if there’s something in your home office that just doesn’t fit.