March 26, 2019
Technology has afforded us self-driving vehicles, robots, and artificial intelligence, and made it possible to work from home instead of in an office building five days a week. More people are opting for work-from-home jobs that offer a paycheck and more time for family. A study at Dice.com shows that people who work remotely are happier and more productive. So here are a few home office ideas to help you create the perfect happy place for anyone who work from home!
First Essential: Desks
We think a desk is the most essential piece of furniture in your home office, right next to the coffee maker and comfortable, ergonomic chair. The eclectic collection of desks on Essential Home include some traditional varieties, but LOTS that are more Scandinavian-inspired. And by that we mean open, clean lines – really a desktop on four legs – hairpin, sawhorse, wrought-iron rectangles, etc. You’ll see a mix of materials and storage options, too.
Maria McCutchen at Nimvo.com reveals the top trends in office design including a few unusual desk ideas – from corner and wraparound desks to floating desks and matching shelves. If you’re designing 21st century office, these are worth a second look.
Houzz has thousands of home office ideas to browse through for inspiration and on-the-spot shopping. From conventional to contemporary, craft room hybrids to libraries, there are even ideas for a transitional home office for a room that must do double-duty.
Stand Up or Sit Down?
Since sitting is the new smoking (oh, so bad for you!) we like the idea of the Varidesk – whether it’s the sit-stand converter that turns a desktop into either-or, with a unit that lifts and lowers to adjust to any height (11 settings). Or the free-standing ProDesks that raise and lower – some with the touch of a button – in a variety of finishes including reclaimed wood.
For the best ergonomic office chairs to support your spine and improve (or just maintain good) posture, check out the Product Expert for their top picks – especially for people spending six or more hours at a desk.
Personalize for Productivity
Depending on the type of work you do in your home office, you might want a mood board to soothe, inspire and focus you. Here are some ideas for creating one with an oversized cork board.
Countless studies reveal that live plants improve the air quality in your home and workspace and have tons of psychological benefits. Live greenery even helps reduce sick days and increase productivity when you place plants strategically throughout your office. And if you’re looking for the easiest plants to grow and maintain here are the most popular for indoors: English ivy, peace lily, bamboo, corn plants, parlor palms and rubber trees.
For a variety of colors and shades conducive to working at home, check out the Pinterest page for the latest colors of the year and examples of work spaces sporting them!
Gadgets for Your Home Office
To keep your laptop or keyboard clean, check out the Weilai Magic Clean Gel high-tech cleaning compound. This innovative super-soft sticky dust cleaning gum helps remove dust and crumbs (oh, do you eat at your desk, too?) that are in hard-to-get-to places. Once you get your keyboard clean, you can use it to clean the nooks and crannies in your car!
And if you grab a cuppa Joe and take it to your desk to start working, here’s a mug that controls the temperature of your coffee. The Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug lets you remotely adjust your coffee to however hot you want it — for an hour — using your smart phone.
Officing from Home in Southshore
Work from home? The master-planned community of Southshore offers lots of options with an “away-from-it-all” ambiance plus access to Life at the Lake. Convenient to shopping, dining and E470, stop by and tour the model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the $400s and the $700s.