Still working from home? 4 tips to set up a the ideal home office space

While restrictions surrounding the coronavirus have begun to ease, the last few months have seen more Australians working from home than they have ever had to before.

So, if you're one of the many that are still working from home, even if it’s only occasionally, it's important to take the time to ensure your set-up works for you.

Here are our top tips for creating the perfect work set up in your home:

Ergonomic Furniture

It’s important to keep ergonomics in mind when you’re setting up your work from home space. Ensuring your setup is safe will reduce your chance of injury and also keep you comfortable -  all of which helps you stay productive and focused.

A quality work chair should be at the top of the list, especially when working long hours. Make sure it has increased adjustability – height, tilt, seat slide, lumbar support and armrests can all be adjusted to ensure you have the correct posture while working.Your back, neck and shoulders will thank you later!

Let there be light

Having a window to the great outdoors makes it easier to get fresh air and the natural light can help you avoid eye strain. If natural light isn't possible for your location, invest in some good desk lamps to keep your working space bright for long periods.

Make sure that whatever the light source is, it’s adequate for working. You don't want to deal with headaches and eye strain from squinting or using dim lighting that makes it hard to read.

Dedicated workspace

A separate room such as a study or an office is ideal when working from home, but  if you don’t have one you can always create a study nook. A nook can be in the corner of your living room, tucked under the stairs or built into the side of a hallway. 

Having an area of your home that you associate with work can help you to remain focused on the tasks at hand while you are there, and switch off from work mode when the day is over. 

Style it up

You want to feel inspired and comfortable while working from home, which won’t be the case if your cables and files are running rampant. Consider storage solutions such as drawers or shelving. Don’t forget to add some decorative touches - this could be as simple as artwork, plants, a coat of paint on the wall or even a whole new office fit out. 

The perfect work set up should balance function, comfort and style. While a sturdy desk and ergonomic chair are important, so is creating a space that you actually enjoy spending time in!

Here to help

If you’re looking at ways to improve your work from home set up or perhaps want to renovate the space you’re in, it’s important you work out what your project will cost. When it comes to funding, call your local Mortgage Choice broker - they can help weigh up the options that best suit you and your needs. 

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