Winter Design Tips for Optimum Productivity in Your Home Office
For the self-employed, freelancers and many business owners, having an at home working space is important. When your home is also your office, designing a separate space where you can ‘go to work’ is one of the most important factors when it comes to keeping your work/life balance as stable as you possibly can. But, with winter fast approaching, many people who work from home might be finding that their beds or comfortable sofas are a much better choice of viable workstations.
If you feel that your office is in need of a redesign to keep you comfortable and warm during the winter, we’ve got some top tips.
For home-based workers who work at a station that is separate from the home, for example, a shed in the garden which has been converted into an office, having adjustable heating is an important factor in staying comfortable. Investing in a good electric heater which you can use to ensure that the temperature is perfectly suited to your liking is a vital part of being as productive as possible as you work. For those who have an office inside the home, checking for any potential draught entry points and blocking them can help to make the room warmer and more comfortable.
Make it Cosy
Even if you regularly have clients in your home office, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to make it a little cosier for the winter. The use of cushions can help to make a home office look a little more comfortable, without taking away from a professional appearance for those who need it for meetings. On the other hand, many home-based workers don’t need anybody else to ever enter their office, in which case there’s no reason why you should not make it as cosy as you like, even if that includes having a sofa or a TV to watch films on when you take a break.
The problem with winter is that using artificial heating to ensure that your home office is a comfortable temperature can also dry out the air, leaving you feeling dehydrated and contributing to common winter-time complaints such as dry skin and chapped lips, leaving you feeling uncomfortable. Using a dehumidifier in your home office will help to balance out the moisture in the air, leaving it fresher and providing better conditions for you to work in. Along with this, having plants in your home office can also make the air fresher, by breathing in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
Getting the lighting right is an important design factor of any home office. This is especially important during the winter months, where the earlier start to the evening means that many people will be working after the sun has gone down, meaning that more artificial light is needed. Having the right lighting not only makes it easier for you to work, it will also put less strain on your eyes and help to protect your future optical health. This is especially important for freelancers who do intricate and focused work such as graphic design or writing.