HOW TO DESIGN A GOOD WORKSPACE AT HOME?
The summer ends and it’s time to return to the routine, although the routine is no longer the same as last year. This 2020 is being a year of uncertainty, of change, of constantly adapting to new guidelines and now that it’s time to return from holidays we don’t know if we’ll be able to go to the office, if we’ll continue to do homeoffice or, perhaps, a mixture of both!
Not to mention those of you who have little ones at home: Will they be able to go back to school? Will they be able to go every day? Will it be like this all year round? Doubts, questions, uncertainties that lead us to have to adapt to each situation, and this has meant that some people have had to find a space at home to work.
Those of us who have already been “forced” to stay at home during the 3 months of confinement know that it is not easy: the distractions of housework, the temptation to go into the kitchen to pick at things, the children playing around the house, with schoolwork or demanding attention, are just some examples of the drawbacks of homeoffice.
From MANUEL TORRES DESIGN we want to help you to design the interior of your house with these 10 tips for creating your workspace and make it as comfortable, relaxed and efficient as possible.
1. GOOD LIGHTING IS ESSENTIAL
Como dice ERGA FP, high school in occupational hazard training: “Poor lighting can cause the appearance of visual fatigue, with the corresponding damage to people’s health: eye problems (dryness, itching or stinging), headache, tiredness, irritability, moodiness, etc..”
Therefore good lighting in our workspace is essential.
In doing so, we must take into account both the natural light, try to choose a corner of the house near large windows or where there is plenty of sunlight; and artificial light, which is better to be diffuse and focused on the workplace. It should be in a good position to avoid reflections on the screen so as not to force the view.
2. ORDER! I’M WORKING
Keeping your A tidy workplace is essential to avoid distractions, gain efficiency in your work and save you time.
Depending on how your space is, you will need an intelligent organization to find room for all the necessary material or to be able to do different activities in the same room.
You can use elements such as boxes, filing cabinets, decorative trays, etc. The shelves or drawers are ideal to organize according to their use and have everything at hand. And so as not to be searching like crazy, investing a little bit of your time in labeling each compartment will save you a lot of time in the future.
3. GIVE NEW USES TO YOUR SPACES
That your house is small? Size doesn’t matter! Take advantage of the spaces to give them new uses. For example, in the living room, behind the sofa can be a good place to put a desk (as you can see in the picture of the interior of this house in Barcelona). In this way you can work as a family or at least have the children within easy reach.
But if you need to have a corner for everything, you can to set up two environments in the same room with the help of shelves or curtains that separate the room in two, or even with carpets to sectorize the different areas.
4. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FURNITURE YOU ALREADY HAVE
Why add more furniture if the ones you have already fit in? The versatile furniture, as the dining room table, are perfect for designing the interior of your workspace as these are usually of considerable size and are usually in a well-lit area of the house. So prepare the room to transform it into your office during working hours and in the dining room during meals.
You can help yourself with cupboards and drawers to store and organise the elements according to the activity you are going to carry out.
5. CREATE MORE INTIMATE SPACES, ENHANCE CONCENTRATION
If you are the type of person who is easily distracted, generate a more intimate and minimalist atmosphere can be very helpful.
To do this, try not to have too many things in sight, use opaque cabinets and drawers. Make sure you don’t paint the walls with a wide variety of colours or very strident colours. And put the table in a place where you know you won’t have any distractions in front of it.
6. COLOURS AS A SOURCE OF CREATIVITY
In the last few years it has become evident the influence that colours have on people. These interact in decision making, memory storage, emotions and our general state of mind.
To get a the feeling of spaciousness and more light in your workspace, use ranges of raw or white colours. It is advisable to look for calm and cheerful tones to have a positive influence. If you are going to use saturated colours make sure it is in small areas, to give it a point of joy and life to your home.
In this way, white, blue and green are colours that transmit calm, peace and confidence. And red, orange and yellow stimulate creativity.
It is also recommended to keep a colour harmony with the rest of the furniture and elements in your office, not only because of an interior design issue, but because of how they affect our emotional mood.
7. DON’T LET YOUR BODY COMPLAIN!
Ergonomics is always very important, but considering the hours we spend working, in this space is a must!
So make sure you have a chair that is comfortable and helps you maintain a proper body position: that you can stretch your legs or raise them a little (it would be ideal if you could place a foot rest) and that your legs and back form a right angle. (We leave you an example of Vitra a continuación)
As regards to the table, it is important that it is wide enough to be able to put the computer at least 40 cm away and to support the forearms. The computer should be at eye level, to avoid turning your neck and trunk constantly.
To conform as much as possible to the ergonomic needs of our body we can follow the guidelines that give us ergonomic studies, where we can see all the factors to take into account and adapt them to the room designed in our house.
8. THE POWER OF AROMATHERAPY
As well as the colours, of which we have spoken previously, smells also influence your mental activity and mood, so you can play with la aromaterapia to generate a healthy, productive and creative environment at home.
Citrus aromas are good for memory and good mood; mint is good for energy; rosemary and jasmine enhance positivity and reduce fatigue; and geranium stimulates creativity. You can find many different oils depending on the environment you want to create.
9. GET CLOSER TO NATURE
As you well know, in MANUEL TORRES DESIGN we are inspired by all our designs with the biophilia, which explains the necessary union of the human being with nature, in an ancestral and evolutionary way. So we can’t miss that green touch in our workplace that also helps us clean and purify the air.
Living with fresh plants and flowers improves attention and concentration causing you to become more productive. And plants like cactus, ivy or diefembaquia are very effective against radiation and electromagnetic waves.
10. LET’S NOT FORGET THE LITTLE ONES!
Surely they won’t have bills to pay, or a boss to deliver, but they will will need their work corner for class assignments or creative moments. What better example of responsibility and consistency than to create their workspace for them, too?
Luckily children’s furniture is often much more versatile and lighter so it is easy to assemble and disassemble. You can combine this with walls of similar colours to give free rein to creativity, or with white walls to give a more spacious and orderly feeling.
The storage furniture is ideal for teaching them how to be organised and tidy, as well as to be able to have everything in one room.