The Perfect Home Office

Relax at work and live better

Do you often take your work home with you? Or are you self-employed, or planning on becoming your own boss soon? Then you need a comfortable and efficient home office that will motivate you and help you work your best. We will show you the steps to take and give you some tips and tricks on how to create a home office where you can really work!

Tip 1: Find the right space

Before you even begin to think about the smaller details, you need to find the perfect place for your workspace. If you have an entire room free it’s much easier to create your inspiring home office. In most cases, a home office is simply combined with another room.

Daylight increases your productivity and your wellbeing

Daylight increases your productivity and your wellbeing

Find yourself a nice corner, perhaps by a window, and if necessary redo the entire room. Don’t forget that you will spend most of your day in your workspace, just as you would in an office. You should feel good and have enough daylight to start your work feeling energized and to keep going until the afternoon or night.

Tip 2: Pay attention to ergonomic equipment

Ergonomic equipment is especially important - although you don’t necessarily have to buy new ergonomic furniture. Make sure that you get a desk that offers you enough space. You might even decide on a modern table that can be raised to let you stand up and work, or lowered to sit. The desk chair is also important, and should be adjustable. Your feet should be flat on the ground; ideally your lower legs will form a right angle to your thighs and seat. Your lower back should be supported.

Don’t like sitting down all day? A standing desk is the answer!

Don’t like sitting down all day? A standing desk is the answer!

You’ll also need a bit of discipline for an ergonomic workspace - don’t slouch! Keep a straight and healthy posture to protect your back. The monitor should be positioned right in front of you, an arm’s length way, and you should be able to have an overview of everything with a straight neck and head. Your wrists are unfortunately very injury-prone. If you work at a computer for hours on end, it is worth it to buy a soft joint support that you can rest your hands on while typing.

Tip 3: Your desk is first priority!

Organising your work documents is more important than you think. The keyboard should be centred in front of you. This doesn’t mean the entire keyboard, but the area up to the number pad. You can use the letter B for orientation. If you are right handed you will naturally keep your mouse to the right of the keyboard, same as your pen and your phone. A happy photo mouse pad is just the ticket to liven up this important side.

Better than plastic: a comfy microfiber mouse pad with your photo

Better than plastic: a comfy microfiber mouse pad with your photo

You should keep enough free space on your dominant side to be able to quickly leaf through something, sign a document or jot down some notes. The other non-dominant side can be used as storage for important documents and projects that you are currently working on. There should be enough space here for a pretty picture or a decorative object - such as a canvas print with a stand, or a wonderful acrylic block.

Tip 4: Organisation is key

Constant interruptions disrupt your work flow - especially if you’re always busy searching for misplaced papers. Keep the area around your desk organised. Storage systems, slipcases and drawer units are a great help to always keep your most important items close at hand. Also organise your materials according to the frequency you need them. The most important should be at the top and close at hand - everything else can be collected in the bottom drawers.

Organisation and creative design can go hand-in-hand if you are creative

Organisation and creative design can go hand-in-hand if you are creative.

Set up a storage system labelled with ‘To Do’, ‘In Progress’, ‘Finished’ and ‘Follow Up’ for recurring tasks. Find a beautiful slipcase in gorgeous colours and materials, and invest in aesthetic decorations even if it’s just the stapler, hole puncher or scissors. If you like the things you’re working with, you’re much happier to use them!

Tip 5: Plants are a must

Buy yourself a lovely desk plant from the flower shop on the corner. This little bit of green will make your office feel much friendlier and less stuffy. Plants make you feel inspired and alive, and help you fight off drowsiness and exhaustion. They help you concentrate, reduce your stress and clean the air. A beautiful plant will help you be more productive in your work day and complete your tasks with vigour.

Don’t underestimate the importance of houseplants - they are essential for body and mind

Don’t underestimate the importance of houseplants - they are essential for body and mind

Tip 6: Take advantage of colour therapy

Use colour psychology in your favour and bring in blue and green tones and you will quickly notice how your work attitude changes. Green drives creativity and will help you overcome any stumbling blocks. It also radiates positivity which will re-inspire you if you ever begin doubting your success as a freelancer. Blue is also a great colour for your home office: it has a calming effect and protects your nerves when situations start to get stressful. We associate blue with the sky and clear water which makes this colour feel relaxing.

Create your home office in shades of green and blue for more creativity and relaxation

Create your home office in shades of green and blue for more creativity and relaxation

Blue also promotes creativity, just like green, which means they are also very nice in combination with one another. A touch of red will help your self-confidence and help you concentrate when working on even the smallest of details. How and where you integrate these colours is up to you. You can paint your workspace with these colours or use a beautiful wallpaper in green or blue, or even choose a large picture in blue and green.

Tip 7: Create pleasant background noise

There is constant background noise in an office which you might miss if you are at home alone. You need peace to be able to concentrate on your work, but a certain amount of noise won’t do any harm and can even be quite stimulating. Loud music or singing isn’t particularly suitable, but classical, jazz or similar music is ideal.

Classical music or birdsong? You will find the perfect concentration sounds online

Classical music or birdsong? You will find the perfect concentration sounds online

Does music distract you more than it helps you? If so, you should try out one of the many sound apps that are available online. A Soft Murmur offers you the sound of waves, chirping crickets or even rain. A pleasant background noise will also cancel out any distracting sounds coming from the street or your neighbours. Give it a try and find out what most inspires you without distracting or disturbing you.

Tip 8: Decorate your home office

Naturally, an inspiring home office needs the right decorations. Start with the most important items, and pick out a lovely desk set. Arrange beautiful photos that make you smile and buy a nice blanket or lambskin to keep you warm while sitting at your desk.

Your perfect home office is a combination of efficient organisation and a calming atmosphere

Your perfect home office is a combination of efficient organisation and a calming atmosphere

You can of course decorate your wall with a regular pin board, but you should also consider other decorative options that are beautiful and practical at the same time. How about clipboards in various sizes, or a self-made magazine rack? You can also paint your wall with colourful magnetic paint - preferably blue or green - and use the wall as a magnetic board. Your creativity will know no limits. Personalise your workspace so that you feel comfortable and the work can almost do itself!

A great place to live (and work)

If you follow our tips you will create an individual home office that will inspire you to do your best, again and again. Set it up so that you can spend more than an hour in your workspace and still feel good. You are about to start a bright future with a better quality of life in your perfect home office! Take matters into your own hands and create your own individual decoration for your workspace at home!

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