The upsurge of modern technology means that it is now possible for many more people than ever before to work from home. But to do so they need some kind of office space, thus the home office has evolved from a spot on the end of the table or sofa to a dedicated space. One major contribution to a change in home office space is the laptop or tablet.
Many people who work from home do not need to have a large computer desk with room for a tower. A sleek table where they can use their laptop is sufficient and looks much nicer. All that is needed in addition to the table and chair are a few shelves for storage. This can also be minimalist due to the ability of the laptop to store more information than ever before. In fact, cloud storage solutions are even better as they are safe from physical harm such as fires or vandals and available whenever you need them. So the home office continues to evolve, but what you actually need in your personal office space will depend on how much work you need to do on your computer.
People who sit for hours typing away on the computer may feel that a larger screen and keyboard is essential. Even a roll-out keyboard still leaves you looking at a smaller screen. A larger screen will save your eyes from strain and a full size keyboard may help prevent RSI and even shoulder and arm strain. People with wide shoulders find it difficult to force their hands to stay close together for long hours on the keyboard. They would benefit from a split keyboard so they can spread out a bit.
That said, the home office has evolved and is still evolving into a personal space that will suit your needs and workload. Here are three modern trends seen in the home office.
- No longer is it suitable to squeeze into a space that is annoying and cramped. You cannot be professional in your work if you are tripping over toys or if the television is blaring some kids programme in the background. The home office has moved from these distractions into a place where work can be embraced and focussed on.
- Furniture for the home office space is now designed especially to ensure it provides what you need. Tables can be adjustable so you can stand up and use the keyboard when your body gets tired of sitting. Moving from one position to the other several times a day will prevent strain and stiffness. Chairs are eco-friendly, adjustable and supportive so that you can sit straight without it being a strain. An easy chair is provided so you can again, change your position when you need to do work that does not include using the computer. Telephone calls and reading mail can be done from the comfort of your easy chair.
- Once the children are not at home during the day, the home office can be moved from the general living area to a dedicated room. A spare bedroom or renovated attic are both good places for setting up your home office. You may even consider refurbishing an outdoor shed or filling in one end of the deck if you live in a temperate climate.
It is not a luxury to dedicate more thought and effort to making your home office space a place that welcomes you. When you are in pleasant surrounding you can work better. And since much of the day is spent working, it is important to feel happy in your workspace.