Over the past decade workplaces have gone through a fairly significant amount of changes. One of the most significant is the move towards more flexible hours and even telecommuting, allowing employees to work from home at least some of the time. With that said there has been a greater need for people to create a functional and comfortable home office which allows them to be productive even if they aren’t in the office.

If you’re in the process of planning out a home office space for yourself then there are a few key essentials you’re going to want to include. These will ensure that you have a productive space that is both professional and comfortable. Let’s take a closer look.

1. Make Sure You Have Privacy

The most important tip in creating a home office is to pick an area that offers you some sort of privacy. While it would be great to a have a separate room complete with a door, this isn’t always possible. If you don’t have a separate space you can use furniture, bookshelves, or even a screen to your advantage. Ideally you want to pick an area of the house that is quieter, and maybe out of the way of the action. For example, setting up your office in a corner in your kitchen isn’t likely going to be the best idea.

2. Purchase the Right Kind of Furniture

Furnishing your office is another big step in the process, and should require some advance planning. The space needs to be comfortable and inviting of course, but at the same time it needs to encourage productivity. This means purchasing high end furniture that allows you to create the most effective set-up. Choose a desk that offers enough work space and storage space, a chair that is adjustable and features such things as lumbar support, a chair for clients/customers, and some sort of filing system.

3. Proper Lighting is a Must

Because you may not be working a typical 9-5 day, you may not always have the best lighting conditions. What this means is that you can’t rely on natural light to be enough. Your office space may not have a window either. Lighting makes it possible for you to work in a more effective and productive manner, and also helps to prevent eye strain.

Excellent lighting choices include overhead lighting as well as task lighting that can be moved and directed at different areas.

4. A Shout Out to Storage

Although storage was briefly mentioned under office furniture, this particular item is worthy of its own mention. You’ll want to be sure you have storage for files and documents, as well as office supplies. By providing proper storage you’ll be able to create an organized space that allows you to quickly and easily find what it is you’re looking for.

5. Add Decor and Greenery

The final tip may not seem like it will do much to increase your productivity but it can help your mood, which in turn can help you focus and get more accomplished. Taking the time to pick up some decor pieces, artwork, and greenery for your office can go a long way. Just be sure if you’re going to purchase a live-plant that you have the proper lighting conditions for it. There are a variety of houseplants that can do well in low-light environments, then there are those that need sunshine.

6. The Perfect Home Office for Your Needs

Each of these tips is designed to help you create the perfect home office for your needs, allowing you to be productive and comfortable in the space.

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