The Home Office

More and more people are using a home office these days. But just sticking a desk in the corner of the dining room may not cut it in the long haul. For an office space that really works, remember a few design basics:

Yaletown Loft, contemporary home office | Vancouver

First, the floor plan:  You don’t have to buy books to figure this out. Start with one simple rule: avoid placing your desk where your computer monitor will have a glare and be sure to leave space for writing away from the keyboard.

Productivity experts say that standing up to work when you’re starting to drag is a great way to refresh and refocus. | Home office tips from Ty Pennington

Second, your work station: Most desks are 30 inches high, but models that allow you to stand and work are becoming popular. Productivity experts say that standing up to work when you’re starting to drag is a great way to refresh and refocus.

Stekler House, Murray Legge Architecture

And finally, remember to consider ergonomics—a fancy word for sitting up straight.  Keep the computer 18-20 inches away from your face and the top third of the screen at eye-level.

Keep these things in mind as you arrange your home office and it will make your space and your time more productive. Get to work, people!

 

Photo Sources: Maria Killam, Incorporated, Murray Legge