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4 Tips for designing a home office (you actually want to work in)

4 Tips for designing a home office (you actually want to work in)

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m really tired of working from my kitchen table on work from home days. I’m dreaming of having the space to set up a proper home office with all the trimmings. Instead of letting all my Pinterest hunting go to waste, I’m sharing it with all of you in the hopes that you, dear reader, will be able to make all my dreams come true in your own home. 

 

Don’t cheap out on your chair

If you have to sit in a chair all day, you had better make sure it’s one that you love. Skip the $100 special from Staples and spend some time (and money) looking for a chair that not only looks great, but feels even better. Here are a few of my favs to get you started:

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From left to right: Herman Miller Executive Chair, West Elm Cooper Leather Office Chair and CB2 Channel Velvet Office Chair

 

Let there be light

When it’s good, lighting can improve productivity and when it’s bad it can reduce your energy, strain your eyes and cause headaches. If time is money, a bad lighting plan can literally cost you. So, forget the harsh fluorescent overhead lights. Just as with surviving Canadian winters, the key to good lighting is layering. 

A good lighting plan will include neutral overhead lighting, task lights for close work and plenty of natural light (if you’re lucky enough to have a big window)

 

Choose your workspace wisely

Choosing the right desk isn’t just about style and colour. You’ve got to think about how you intend to use your workspace. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • Do you use a computer? Will you need space for multiple screens? Keep in mind that optical mice don’t work on glass desks
  • How much usable workspace do you need?
  • Do you need storage?
  • Do you like to sit while you work or will you need a standing desk?

Here’s a beautiful standing desk from Stylegarage, one of our favourite spots in Toronto to score beautiful furniture.

But, wait. There’s more! Your workspace isn’t just about which desk you choose. It’s also about placement. You don’t want to be sitting with your back to a window because you will be constantly fighting glare on your computer screen. And, we love the look of a desk in the middle of the room facing the door, but where the heck is your power source if you aren’t near a wall?! The last thing I want in an office is to tripping over wires every time you get up from your seat.

 

Go with the flow

Don’t forget to check your airflow. Just as in real estate, it’s all about: location, location, location. It’s tempting to shove your home office into the nook under your stairs or, if you’re lucky enough to have the space, some small, forgotten room with a tiny window. But, good airflow is key for staying energized throughout the workday. If you’ve got a room with a window, you’re off to a good start, but for the cooler months when you can’t keep the windows open consider investing in a good fan for your workspace. 

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