Working from home has become a reality for a lot of professionals today. Some people enjoy the advantage of zero commuting, wearing cosy clothes, flexible schedule, and the ability to spend more time with loved ones. For others, it can be challenging with the physical separation of the workforce, staying organised, and home life distractions.
Working from home doesn’t necessarily mean you would be immediately comfortable in your surroundings or set up. However, with a little planning, creativity, and willingness, you can transform any extra space into a flexible home office. For this reason, Piety Group offers a variety of spacious floor plans in their apartments that will appeal to those who are working remotely. Even if it’s a one-bedroom apartment or a smaller place, there’s always great opportunity to configure a practical and functional home office.
Below can be your guide on how to set up a work from home-friendly apartment, a place where you can still succeed, stay productive, and feel focused.
TAKE A LOOK AROUND
Assess your apartment and think about which zone can make you feel inspired and motivated to accomplish your work tasks. If you live in a small space, you can integrate your workspace in the bedroom as a private setting that’s separate from your lounge area. If you have more rooms, consider a working nook, add a writing desk and chair to function in an unused corner.
Pick an appropriate height desk or writing table
If your home lacks a built-in desk option, get a small writing table as they don’t take up a lot of space. If you don’t have room for one, consider a piece of furniture that works double-duty, like dining table or consoles.
For those who have more space and use more than a laptop for work, focus on a sturdier desk as opposed to a writing table. Whether it’s a desk that you can push up against the wall or a floating desk that keeps an open floorplan, you’ll want to have a surface that’s fit for typing at and comfortably fits an ergonomic desk chair.
Choose an Ergonomic Chair
Both the amount of space you have and the desk you’re using will determine what kind of chair you can get.
If you’re working from home for a long term, then you would want to think about getting a chair that is comfortable for your back. Some things to consider for your chair:
- Matches with your body size – you wouldn’t want a small chair if you’re tall, or a larger one if you’re short.
- Padded – not plastic or wood – for comfort during the entire workday.
- Ties into the aesthetic of your apartment, giving the workstation a cohesive look.
- Slides easily under your desk to maximise your workspace as much as possible.
Here are some tips for how to sit properly in front of your computer using an ergonomically correct chair:
- Lumbar support (spine alignment) is ideal. You should be sitting up straight and not slouching. Your back shouldn’t be twisted or feel uneven, and your neck should be in a relaxed and neutral position.
- Keep your arms a length away from your computer screen, parallel to the floor. Ideally, your eyes should level the top of the monitor.
- Keep your legs at a 90-degree angle and both feet flat on the floor. Avoid crossing your legs to allow for good blood circulation.
Get a Laptop Stand
Laptop stands are great to have as you don’t have to crane your neck too far down when your laptop is below your eye level. You can use adjustable laptop stands that are collapsible, universal fit for all laptops, and portable for times you work remotely while traveling.
You can also be creative and just use a stack of books to bring your laptop to your eye level.
Opt for Second Monitor
Having two monitors may be something you’re used to at the work office. You feel more efficient with this set up and you’d like to recreate this at home.
Using an iPad as a second monitor is great if you have smaller space as it barely takes up any room. It’s travel-sized, you can detach it from being the second monitor and use it as a tablet.
Some Greenery in your Space
A succulent or a small house plant can bring your make-shift office to life. It also helps stimulate your senses and makes your workspace feel more inspiring.
If you struggle to keep your plants alive, some artificial indoor plants can be a more suitable option.
Soft, Natural Light
It can be difficult to be productive when your home offices feel stagnant and dull. Quality lighting can improve your work from home experience. Whether you have enough space for a floor lamp or place a light on your desk, consider setting your home office vibe with soft lights.
Natural light helps you get motivated and always be ready to start work each day. It also makes you look your best on your Zoom Video Conference meeting.
Avoid fluorescent lights as they can irritate you with their humming, affect your vision badly, and give you migraine.
These are some guides you can consider in setting up a work from home-friendly apartment to help you be more productive, efficient, and successful.
Your home office is a space you carve out to call your own. It should be the space where you can find focus, inspiration, as well as comfort. The options are only limited by your space and imagination.
Check out our website to discover our range of available apartments today to suite your work from home lifestyle. https://piety.com.au/projects/