Is Your Work Space Increasing Your Productivity?
Designing a Comfortable and Functioning Home Office
By Designer Furniture Gallery
According to a 2017 Gallup poll, forty-three percent of Americans do all or some of their work at home. If you’re in this demographic, it’s time to take a good look at your home office. The right office furniture and the right atmosphere can make all the difference in your productivity.
Choosing Your Chair
The average person with an office job spends at least seven hours per day sitting, so there’s no more crucial decision for your home office than choosing the right chair. You want to aim for an ergonomic chair—the kind you can find at furniture stores with a large selection of office options, like Designer Furniture Gallery in St. George. An ergonomic computer chair supports the body, particularly the lower back. Many models allow you to raise the armrests and to lean back in order to stretch your spine and ease neck tension.
Don’t Stand for a Static Desk
The lengthy amount of time working Americans spend sitting at a desk has a negative impact on their health. According to the Mayo Clinic, excessive sitting is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol. These factors increase the risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Other conditions linked to too much sitting include posture and spine problems, digestive issues, poor circulation, migraines, depression, blood clots and sleep apnea.
These are some sobering possibilities, but your time at the office doesn’t have to render you a “sitting duck.” Many office furniture manufacturers have responded to the sedentary lifestyle crisis by making standing desks.
As the name implies, a standing desk raises smoothly to standing height. Many standing desks, such as the Coaster Home Office Power Adjustable Desk, are motorized so that you can alternate between sitting and standing with the touch of a finger.
Declutter With Shelves And Cabinets
The average home office is too small for clutter. If you let paperwork and junk pile up, you may come to dread entering the room, which is decidedly unmotivating. Clutter can also hurt productivity by adding to the time spent hunting for paperwork. With this in mind, invest in storage solutions like shelves and filing cabinets to organize your books, papers, and personal objects. If you’re strapped for room, floating shelves can make for streamlined storage.
If you’re a design hound who considers your home and home office to be your castle, it should be noted that cabinet options go far beyond those metal file cabinets available at your local office supply store. Whatever material and finish you prefer, there’s a model you can file into your wish list.
Let There Be Light
The importance of good lighting in your home office can’t be overemphasized. It can help you stay inspired and focused, and it can ward off the problems of fatigue, eye-strain, headaches, depression, and irritability.
If possible, pick a room for your home office with windows or a skylight. Natural light has many health benefits, from better absorption of Vitamin C to a more restful sleep. Natural light can also boost productivity. According to a recent study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, employees whose workplace utilized natural light reported higher levels of energy than those working under artificial lights.
If you don’t have access to ambient light, some wisely chosen lighting can help brighten your day. Place a decorative table lamp with a warm glow on your desk to diminish eye strain, and outfit it with a full-spectrum light bulb to mimic the effects of daylight. A wall-mounted fixture is another good way to shed light on the subject while saving floor space.
We spend an estimated quarter of our lives working. With this in mind, make sure your office furniture and office ambience leave you whistling while you work.