Like it or not, telecommuting and working from home is here to stay. Due to the pandemic, the boundaries between home and work have been blurred. As such many of us today have been forced to convert our living rooms and dining areas into workspaces.
However, if you have grown tired working at the dining table then it is time to rethink that workspace set-up. Optimising your space to create the perfect home office will no doubt boost your productivity. It will also help define the area within your residence for work and play.
A new UK trends report has already analysed the most-liked home office designs on Instagram. The data presented will no doubt help transform the corner in your living quarters into the perfect home office.
Reaching Peak Productivity At Home
Although most of us have been working from home for several months, there is still room for improvement. A new study has revealed that many have not maximised the workspaces we have created in our interiors.
For instance, 41 percent of the 2,000 residents surveyed say that they do not have a proper desk. A total of 22 percent also claim that they sit on the floor when teleworking. Many have also created makeshift office spaces in the rooms they would usually relax in. According to preferences it includes the living room (21 percent), bedroom (15 percent) and kitchen (7 percent).
Over a third of those surveyed (38 percent) know that these rooms are not the best places to get down to business. These individuals are already planning to improve their home working environment this year.
According to Adrienne Minster, CEO of Rated People, 2021 will be the year many of us improve our home-working environment. “Whether it is building a dedicated home office room in the garden, converting a cupboard, or even just upgrading your desk and chair, our environment can have such a huge impact on our health and happiness,” she adds. “Sometimes even making the smallest of changes can reduce stress and lift your mood.”
The Perfect Home Office Design Formula
The British online marketplace analysed over a hundred posts on Instagram to find the perfect home office design formula. In terms of colour choices for office walls, white is the overwhelming choice with 54 percent. Grey (11 percent) is second followed by white with a colour accent (9 percent) and green (7 percent).
When it comes to flooring, wood is the frontrunner material for a work-from-home space, particularly medium and pale woods. When not simply bare, floorboards were usually paired with a rug (25 percent) or a carpet (18 percent) to elevate your home office.
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Rated People’s report showed that many teleworkers do not have a proper desk. However, this piece of furniture is a key element in any home office space. A simple writing desk is the most popular choice on Instagram, especially if it has a modern minimalist touch. From drawers on one side to floating shelves, there is also a myriad of different design features for desks that will help you store everything you need. Desks with no storage space however seem to be the popular choice followed by those with thin drawers underneath (11 percent) and drawers on one side (9 percent).
While creating a work-friendly place in your home, make sure to personalise it with artful objects and other decorative items. Plants are particularly helpful to add a green touch to your interior.
According to Rated People, the average number of plants in an Instagram-friendly office space is two. Artwork and photography are also a popular design features for teleworkers, ranging from outdoor landscapes (16%) to pinboards (10 percent). Now that you know how to design your perfect work environment at home, what are you waiting for?
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