If you’re anything like the average person, you probably spend a significant portion of your day at work. So it makes sense that you would want your office to feel like a place where you can relax and be comfortable. Here are some tips and tricks for making your office feel more like home.

Choose Furniture that Feels Like Home.

Your office furniture should be cosy and inviting, not stiff and cold. Choose pieces that remind you of home, like a comfortable armchair or your favourite coffee mug. Having a bookshelf that reminds you of your home will also make you feel at ease, reducing your stress significantly. 

There are plenty of affordable options available in the market today, such as the flat pack or ready-to-assemble furniture. If you find it troublesome to do it yourself, you can get the help of a furniture assembly team. 

Bring in Some Plants. 

Plants not only look nice, but they can also help purify the air. Plants can do wonders for your office space. Not only do they add a touch of life and colour, but studies have shown that plants can help improve air quality and boost your mood. If you don’t have a green thumb, opt for low-maintenance succulents or cacti that are nearly impossible to kill.

Declutter Your Desk. 

A cluttered desk can be stressful and overwhelming. Take some time to organise your desk and get rid of any unnecessary items. Having a cluttered and disorganised workspace can make it difficult to focus and be productive. 

Get rid of any excess paper like old memos and post-it notes, and put away any personal belongings that are taking up space on your desk. These items can be stored in a drawer or cabinet. Also, organise your pens, pencils and stapler into containers so they’re not just lying around and dust off your keyboard, monitor and other electronics. A clean desk is a happy desk.

Personalise Your Space. 

Your office is your home away from home, so make it feel like it. Add personal touches to your space to make it more comfortable and inviting. You can hang up some pictures, put out a few knick-knacks or anything else that will make you feel more at home. 

A scent is a powerful tool in easing your stress and helping you feel calm, so you can also add an aromatherapy diffuser to your office. Aromatherapy, in particular, can influence brain activity. It can help you stay focused and thus improve productivity. Find a scent that makes you at ease, one that reminds you of home. 

Decorating your office with personal items can also make you happy. If you’re the type of person who loves texture, put a comfortable blanket on your chair or a rug under your table. It will help soften the office space, making it feel homey. Personalising your space is also a good way to express yourself even at work.  

Invest In a Comfortable Chair.

If you’re going to be spending hours at a time in your home office, you need to make sure you have a comfortable chair. You don’t want to be constantly shifting around or getting up to relieve back pain. 

You can look for a chair that offers support and adjustability so you can find the perfect fit. Opt for a chair that is ergonomic because it promotes proper sitting posture thus reducing back pain. An ergonomic chair also reduces the strain on your shoulder, hips, and spine.  

Your desk is another important factor in creating a comfortable workspace. Make sure it’s at the right height for you, and that there’s enough space for you to move around. If you don’t have a lot of space, consider a corner desk or a smaller model that fits your needs. 

Make Use of Natural Light.

You might not think that natural light would make much of a difference in your office, but it can have a big impact on your mood and productivity. Unfortunately, many offices don’t have good lighting. 

Sunlight has been shown to improve energy levels, lift moods and increase focus. So, if you’re feeling sluggish at work, try opening up the curtains or shades to let some natural light in. 

If you can, try to take advantage of natural light by setting up your desk near a window. If that’s not possible, try using a lamp to mimic the effects of natural light. 

Choose Soothing Colours. 

Certain colours can have a calming effect, so try to incorporate them into your space. Blue is a great option, but green and white can also be very effective. You can paint the walls a calming colour like blue or green, or add some wallpaper with a similar vibe. Then, fill the space with furniture and decor in complementary hues. 

Calming colours are good in the office because they can help to create a more relaxing and tranquil environment. This can be beneficial for both employees and employers as it can help to improve focus and concentration levels, as well as reduce stress levels.

Create a Relaxing Playlist

Music can change your mood, so why not create a playlist? Having a music playlist will help you go through tough or boring days at work. There are plenty of playlists on Spotify that you can pick, but find ones that make you feel at ease and productive. Save those playlists so they will be handy when you need a boost in the workplace. 

Takeaway

Your office is your second home. Just as you would make sure your house is clean, comfortable and cosy, you should do the same for your office. A cluttered, cramped and poorly lit office is not going to help you be productive. 

Also, adding simple touches can make a big impact on your mental and emotional health. Bringing items, such as photos or art pieces, that remind you of home or incorporating texture, such as a blanket or rug, to add comfort can help you work better in the office. Follow these tips to make sure your office is a space you actually want to spend time in.


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