Creating the Ultimate Home OfficeFor whatever kind of work you might do from home, your office is the one place you want to spend the time to make comfortable and convenient. There are many things you must consider when planning out the construction of this ultimate work domain.
Who needs one?
About 34 million people work from home
Who works from home?
One job: 21.8%
Multiple jobs: 38.9%
Self employed: 64.2%
No high school diploma: 16.6%
High school diploma: 16.6%
Some college of associate degree: 22.8%
Bachelor degree or higher: 36.1%
Top five office chairs:
- $1,200: Herman Miller, Executive Aeron Chair
- $600: Zuo Director Office Chair
- $1,600: Global High Back Executive
- $475: High Back Leather Executive Chair
- $200: Ergo Value Mesh Mid-Back Task Chair
In 2011, 179 million monitors sold worldwide and only 130 million desktop computers
30-40% of NEC Display's corporate customers now use more than one monitor, up from 1% four years ago
The average monitor sold is 21 inches. Five years ago, it was only 18 inches.
Most productive colors:
- Orange: Encourages excitement, enthusiasm and high energy
- Red: Known to increase energy in a room because it can raise blood pressure and speed up your heart rate. It also stirs up excitement and is a stimulant for conversation and collaboration
- Pale Blue: Helps to stay focused and productive throughout a typical workday
- Brown: A comfortable color that evokes feelings of security, credibility and reassurance
Least productive colors:
- Yellow: frustrating color to work in, can be hectic and bad for people with deadlines
- Purple: tendency to stir up romantic feelings
- Bright green, bright red, bright pink, turquoise: All of these colors have been found to be very difficult to concentrate in. Distracting and overwhelming.
Things to consider:
- What's the purpose of this office?
- Natural light or light you can manipulate
- What's your vibe?
- Must work for you and if anyone else will use it
- Figure out a good layout based on windows, doors and plug ins
- The right chair is crucial
- Your desk is your domain, so make it comfortable
- Desk accessories like wrist gel pads, plants or even monitor level
Five rules for efficiency
- Privacy: make sure you can separate your home life from work
- Good lighting: natural light is important
- Be comfortable: chair, desk and all around work space
- Make a place for your things: make sure you have ample storage and no clutter
- Fail to plan and plan to fail: Before you bring in your furniture, draw out various layouts on a piece of paper