Since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to work from home. This has led to some creative solutions when it comes to creating a comfortable, productive home office space.
According to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 58% of respondents reported remodeling their homes in response to the pandemic. This may be because homeowners are trying to adapt their homes to better serve as both a place of work and play.
However, working from home can be a challenge, especially if your space wasn’t designed with work in mind. To make your home more conducive to working remotely, you’ll want to carefully consider and evaluate as to which renovations and additions will maximize productivity.
Some upgrades are worth the cost and will increase the value of your home, while others may seem like nice-to-haves but don’t offer much utility.
Here are 7 home renovations that will help make your space conducive for work in this new Work From Home Era:
1. Replace Old Furniture
If you want to make your workstation more efficient and comfortable for remote work, getting rid of old furniture is a good start.
Replacing your old, worn-out furniture with functional yet attractive pieces can instantly transform any room.
With ergonomic chairs and desks specifically designed for working on a computer, you can avoid typical problems associated with prolonged sitting such as neck and back pain, bad posture, and eye strain.
Note- Don’t go overboard. Remember to keep the interior simple and clutter-free.
2. Install Better Lighting
Proper lighting is important for maximizing visual productivity in any workspace. Installing new lights or switching out existing ones with brighter options can help improve overall illumination while reducing eye strain.
Another economical and eco-friendly way to enhance the lighting is to maximize the window dimensions.
Nothing beats the glow and charm of natural lighting.
3. Keep it fresh and green
Plants can make a large difference in the look and feel of any space, and this includes your workstation.
Studies show that having plants in your workspace can boost creativity and productivity. Plants have been shown to filter toxins from the air, including benzene and formaldehyde. Having plants in your home office can help purify the air to give you a better environment for working.
You can check out several indoor plant options at nurserylive
4. Add More Storage Space
There’s no better way to keep clutter at bay than by adding plenty of storage. Make sure your desk has drawers where you can stash extra supplies, and add shelves above it so you never run out of room for books or decorative items. If your workstation is in a small room or corner of your home, consider hidden storage solutions like ottomans with space inside for folders and other essentials.
Cupboards and lofts will further add extra storage space.
Cost: A laminate-finish cupboard price (retail) starts at ₹1100/1200 per sq. ft. High-end options such as acrylic and PU are between ₹25,000–28,000.
Creating custom lofts can cost up to 3000/4000 per sq. ft.
Remember: Additional storage space never goes out of style!
5. Create a window nook
Windows can be great for inspiration, especially if you have views of nature or the city streets. Set up a nook with a table, comfy chair and desk lamp so you can take advantage of all that natural light. Add cushions and pillows to make the spot extra cozy!
The home office is a place that requires functionality and organization, but it also needs to be a space that inspires creativity and boosts productivity.
Whether you have a small nook in your home or an entire room devoted to work, these tips will surely make your home office functional, organized and—dare we say it—fun.
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