Until recently, working remotely or, as it became popular in Brazil, in a ‘ home office ‘ was something strongly related to technology companies or cool startups. But times have changed, making several offices and people adapt to this new trend that has everything to consolidate in the coming years.
But is your apartment ready for the home office?
Is setting up a work environment an expense or an investment for you?
And most importantly: what can you do now to gain greater space autonomy and not harm your productivity?
In this article, we’ll show you how to equip a suitable environment, with tips and suggestions that will help you find the best home office format for your apartment, always thinking about the best solution for your pocket. Come on!
Setting up a home office is not synonymous with spending a lot
Before you start thinking about the environment that you will transform into an office, it’s always good to plan well: take a look at the furniture and decorative objects you already have, because this will help a lot to save money and spend only on essential items.
A golden rule in this first moment is: don’t waste space and, much less, money, because it is possible to set up your home office spending little, investing only in what is necessary.
Invest in what is necessary, this is the tip!
You’ve already chosen the environment where you’ll set up your home office, planned where each piece of furniture will be and know which objects you’ll reuse. But it is super normal that during this process you end up realizing that you will need to buy a piece of furniture or even a decorative object for the environment.
Don’t look bad for it, after all until a while ago having a home office wasn’t a concern for many people. It’s always good to assess what you already have and buy what you really need.
And remember that setting up a home office is something that can be done gradually; the interesting thing here is not to generate new debts, much less attack their savings. You can equip it little by little and get the same result.
But here we go: you need to buy something, or better yet, invest in something new for your office. If your environment needs a piece of furniture that you don’t have, the internet is full of stores with quality products and fair prices. It’s always good to keep in your head that the home office is here to stay, so choose products that last a long time and that the cost-benefit is worth it.
A tip is to bet on second hand furniture. Why not? You will spend less, your apartment’s home office will be equipped and it will also contribute to sustainability. In other words, perfect!
Believe me: equipping a home office is easier than you might think
The first big change that the home office brought was transforming our home into an office, so it is very common to spend hours working in an environment that seems comfortable, but that in the long run does not offer all that comfort, like the sofa, for example.
So, our first tip is to set aside a space in your apartment to set up your office: it could be a guest room or even that corner of the room where you’ve always wanted to put a plant.
At this stage, it is always good to assess the ambient lighting (the more natural light, the better); air circulation and space for movement are also important.
Think of it like this: you’re going to spend 8 hours of your day in that space, so it needs to look like you and offer comfort so that you feel good coming back to it.
Ah! There’s another thing: take into account the noise around you, because it can easily distract and end up decreasing your productivity.
Ergonomics, usability and comfort for everyday life: write down these tips
Did you choose the perfect space? So now let’s see how to decorate it, always thinking about ergonomics, usability and comfort for everyday life.
In ergonomics, it’s always good to think about your body: a comfortable chair is essential, after all you’ll spend a lot of time sitting in it. The backrest must be adapted to the curvature of your spine, helping the shoulders and hips to be aligned; the keyboard should be in front of you and at the same level as the mouse, helping your wrist to stay in a neutral position.
It is also important to choose a chair that has an armrest that is aligned at elbow height.
Believe me: at the end of the day you will be thankful for making these choices!
It’s also ideal to think about the table where you’ll put your notebook and other work objects. There are several types of office desks on the market, but we’ll talk about that a little later.
Do you know who will be your best friend right now? The tape measure! So, you can always keep it handy for when you need to measure space.
Already the usability is an important factor in home office if you are willing to invest in the environment, but without spending much. Desks with drawers and some shelves will help a lot to create a cozy, comfortable environment with plenty of room for your creativity.
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An environment that suits you will make all the difference in your productivity
One point worth thinking about a bit more is the decor, as it will go a long way towards creating an environment ready to provide comfort and, most importantly, creative stimuli.
A good decor goes beyond a beautiful look you saved on Pinterest: it involves creating a space that talks to you and helps your productivity. The wall color, for example, will create specific stimuli according to the chosen tone: prefer pastel tones and cooler colors, which help to create a more contained and creative environment.
Eliminate all possible distractions, starting with the smartphone
Another very important thing is to try to keep expendable electronics out of your way. Focus on a work tool – your notebook, for example – and try to use your cell phone only when extremely necessary. You will notice how your productivity will increase with this little attitude.
If disconnecting is part of your new routine, how about a space to relax?
Working from home invites distraction and you know what we’re talking about.
And that’s not your fault, its part of the process. That’s why it’s important to have a space to relax in your home office and use that time to do things that don’t involve work: it can be taking a look at Instagram, meditating for 15 minutes, reading a book… The important thing is to disconnect from work, but still be 100% ready to get back on track.
In the home office you are your own warehouse, so always have everything at your fingertips
One of the advantages of having a home office in your apartment is the possibility of organizing your workstation in any way you want. One idea that makes all the difference is to think about what might be an excuse to always get up, like extensions to connect chargers, stationery, a bottle of water, Wi-Fi that needs to be restarted all the time, just to name a few.
You don’t want to go to a stationery store, store or haberdashery whenever you need something, do you?
Let go of fear and build a home office the size of your dream
The word “office” still denotes a very square view of white furniture, without personality and often functional, instead of betting on usability.
But the office is now your apartment, so even if it’s small, you’ll still be able to find the best shape for your home office. For example, custom furniture, even if they are a little more expensive, is perfect for small apartments, precisely because they take advantage of every inch of available space.
You can also bet on 2-in-1 furniture, such as desks with niches to organize and decorate the room, in addition to desks that come with shelves, which are handy for those who need to have documents always at hand.
Don’t let the size of your apartment interfere with your creativity, there will always be a solution or adjustment you can make to improve it.
Having a home office is the new reality and you are ready to live it!
All the choices when setting up the home office will come from your feeling, you will only need to plan before making any decision and invest your money in items that really bring a gain to your productivity and that don’t weigh on your pocket, because the home office is no longer a trend and has become a new reality.