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Tips on How to Set Up an Efficient Work From Home Space

12 Feb 2021

Over the past year, many Canadians were required to switch to working from home. If you weren’t prepared to make that transition, you might have found yourself working in bed, on the couch, at the kitchen table or even in the backyard over the summer! As you continued to work from home, you probably started to realize that this may not be an ideal working environment. 

If you were fortunate enough to already have an office space set up in your home, you are one step ahead. But the question is: is your office space set up for success? 

In this blog article, we will give you tips on how to set up an efficient work from home space!

Woman working at here home office set up, facing away from us

1. A Dedicated Work from Home Space

For some people, choosing the ideal spot for their home office is easy. They either have an empty room that is used as a guest room or a finished basement where they can envision the perfect work from home space. If you do not have the extra space in your home, that is okay; you will just have to get creative!

Walk around your home. Check for unused corners, closets, or even under the stairs! With a little bit of creativity and imagination, you can change these spots in your home into a lovely office space. 

A kitchen table is always a suffice option for a work-from-home space. If you do choose this option, it’s important that you put your work away after work hours, so you have your own personal time. That leads us to the next tip. 

2. Keep Personal and Professional Spaces Separate 

If you have chosen to move your home office into a separate room where you can close the door and have the privacy you need to be as productive as possible, you are on the right track. 

This is also important for after work hours to separate yourself from work and have a healthy work and life balance. If your work is constantly in your eyesight, it may be hard to disconnect from the workday. 

If your new work from home office is in a common room, that is no problem. There are many ways you can add privacy to your space. You are able to buy privacy dividers that stand on the floor. Many divider walls are designed to blend in with your home decor. 

You could consider hanging a curtain to add a little extra privacy to your space. These are usually inexpensive options and can help you close off your office space while working or after work hours. 

Home office set up, with view out of window

3. Let There Be Light

Arguably one of the most important aspects of setting up your home office space! Studies have shown that a room with natural light and higher lighting levels improve productivity. If you are working in an environment with poor lighting, it will add strain to your eyes that can cause headaches, which ultimately lead to lower productivity as an employee. 

The goal is to avoid that.

When setting up your office, try your best to place your desk around as much natural light as possible

At Bradley Homes, we take pride in the fact that all our dining rooms and offices are designed to have windows for natural lighting.

If you aren’t able to accommodate your space around natural light, there are other solutions. While having lights on in the room may be enough, consider adding multiple light sources including desk lamps for added light where you need it. Investing in other light fixtures like desk lamps will help reduce eye strain, which will keep you healthy and a productive employee!

4. Invest In The Space

Investing in your home office space means you’re investing in yourself and your physical and mental health. During this time when people are cooped up in their homes all day, it is essential that you are in a happy and comfortable environment. 

The two most essential pieces of furniture you should invest in are your desk and chair. Ergonomics is going to be your best friend. Investing in a proper chair and desk may cost you a little extra upfront but will save you money in the long run. Consider the saying “ you get what you pay for” when buying furniture for your home office.

Home office set up

Pro Tip: Consider investing in a desk that can also be used as a standing desk. A standing desk can improve long-term health and help with productivity as well. 
Decorating definitely should not be overlooked. You want to make your space a happy and relaxing place to work. You can add pictures of family and friends, and plants to bring your space to life
Research has shown that the colour green can stimulate productivity and creativity. If painting a wall green isn’t your style, consider adding green accessories and plants to reap those benefits. 
We are starting to realize that working from home may be the new normal, so we must take the right steps to ensure we have the proper work environment in place. 

At Bradley Homes, we build homes with the future in mind. We want to build your dream home, and we want you to have the right finishes for your home.
With endless possibilities, your inspiration can start with Bradley Homes. Let us be your design partner. Let’s build the home of your dreams with your future in mind.