Designer Tips: Home Work Stations

During the coronavirus pandemic, many companies are requiring employees to work from home. For many, this unanticipated transition can be challenging to separate work and personal. Those who are not accustomed to regularly working remotely can have a hard time locating an organized work station in their home, which can cause distraction and ultimately disrupt productivity.

5 Designer tips to creating a functional and healthy home work station:

  1. Set up a dedicated work zone.

Working from home means more time in bed, right? Wrong. Dedicating a consistent area of your home as your work station allows for separation of work and personal space. By keeping a designated work zone, you will be able to “leave the office” and keep work-related business solely in that area.

A dedicated work zone does not have to be a full home office. A simple, designated area for your work will be plenty to carry out all work tasks for the day. (Photos, left to right: Interior Design: The Stables/ Photography: The Palm Co., and Small Space Home Office)

 

  1. Keep the possibility of privacy a priority.

With multiple people working from home in the same household, working can become difficult with overlapping conference calls or virtual meetings. If a room is not available, setting up a room divider or curtain can help create a division and temporary privacy when needed. Curtains allow for privacy and sound absorption in households with multiple working residents. It also allows for the ability to pull back when no longer needed.

Curtains allow for privacy and sound absorption in households with multiple working residents.
It also allows for the ability to pull back when no longer needed. (Photos, left to right: thesleepcompare.com)

 

  1. Natural light is key.

Staying quarantined indoors for long stretches of time can start to feel claustrophobic. Try to position yourself in an area that receives natural light near a window or door. Getting daily fresh air and being exposed to natural light can relieve stress and create a sense of openness in an otherwise confined environment.

Place your workstation next to a widow, you will be able to see an improvement in your overall sense of wellbeing. (Photos, left to right: Architect, Studio Carver/Photography, Richard Chivers and design and photography: Avenue)

 

  1. Keep it Zen!

To maintain a tranquil workspace in an otherwise stressful time, surround yourself with calming objects. Consider lighting a scented candle, incorporating plants and greenery to your surroundings, or placing a favorite piece of art in line of sight of your work station. Incorporating biophilic design at home will increase the natural response of people wanting to connect with nature, and this connection has shown to increase productivity.

A touch of greenery will go a long way in supporting your workspace to make it more zen! We recommend both the ZZ and snake plants, which are easy to maintain with little water and low sunlight tolerance. (Photos, left to right: Dina Marie Joy, Westelm.com)

 

  1. Stay Organized.

Paperwork, pens, post-it notes taking over your desk space or cluttering your floor? Grab a Tupperware, shoebox, or basket and keep it organized for easy access and clean workspace. The key is to declutter and decompress.

Organization can be used to keep desks clear of any miscellaneous items that are cluttering the space and keep your mind focused on the task at hand. (Photos left to right: extraspace.com and liveforinteriors.co.uk)