The place is important to achieve a good home workplace. A separate (attic) room is of course ideal, but that luxury is often not there. The bedroom often seems like the only option. But how relaxed can you sleep with a view of your workplace?
Some creativity can help. For example, a (half-height) partition wall behind the bed can ensure that work and private life remain separate. You can achieve the same effect by placing your desk behind a cupboard or cupboard wall.
But above all look further. Maybe there is room in the kitchen? The heart of the house, yet out of sight of the places where you want to relax. A landing or large hallway can also be an option.
What about the garden? More and more people are converting a shed into a fully-fledged garden room. There are even ready-to-use ‘office pods’ that you can have installed in your garden.
Plan enough space to store a laptop, writing pad, pen tray and any extra screen and printer. A mood light next to your screen ensures that your eyes relax and you get less tired.
Put up a large pinboard or memo board for reminders or schedules that will keep you on track. Or just for cozy photos.
Create a lot of storage space. Trays help you organize your things and you can store a lot in a bookcase or chest of drawers. Neatly conceal wires and cords. That looks better and brings peace.
Check whether your floor can withstand the rolling wheels of your office chair. Otherwise you will be rolling waves in the carpet or scratching the wood with the wheels in no time.
Now that working from home remains the norm for the time being, ergonomics is one of the most important things to take into account. The correct setting of a good office chair is essential. Sit on it with your feet flat on the floor. A fist must fit between the back of the knee and the edge of the chair and the upper and lower leg must be at a 90 degree angle.
When your shoulders ‘hang’ relaxed, the forearms should land at a 90 degree angle on the armrests. This is immediately the right desk height. If you cannot adjust the height of your table / desk, use a footstool.
The top of the display should form a straight line with your eyes and be approximately two feet apart. If you only use a laptop, choose a separate keyboard so that you can set the screen to the correct height. To prevent reflection, it is best to place the screen at right angles to a window. If that doesn’t work, hang a roller blind or other window coverings.
Sitting in the same position for too long is not good. So take a look at an electrically adjustable standing / sitting desk. This way you can stand now and then and your body keeps moving so that you feel better and perform better.
Scientific research shows that people who look out at trees or other greenery while working are 20 percent more productive. So green is also a good idea!
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