How to Create the Best Environment While Working from Home?

Working from home is part of daily life for millions of us today, and it has so many advantages. Avoiding the dreaded commute and getting to spend more time with family have been transformational for so many people, but if your home office is a laptop on the dining table, it may not seem so enjoyable.

Here is our guide to creating the perfect space for working from home, so you can be productive and enjoy all the benefits of remote working in comfort too.

  1. Find your space

The first step in creating a successful work environment at home is to find a space you can dedicate just to work. The ideal scenario would be a room you can use as an office, but that is simply not practical for everyone. However, you can still create a great workspace even if you don’t have a specific room. 

To find the ideal space at home, it should include:

  • Enough space for a desk and a good office style chair so you can avoid posture problems.
  • Allow you to work all day with minimum distractions.
  • Allow you to control the light. If you have a window nearby, roman shades can best help with that.
  • Good access to your wi-fi or network cables for a stable internet connection.

Even in the busiest family home, you will be able to find a small corner that allows you to put up a small desk and chair that lets you focus on work. A foldable desk can help if space is really tight, allowing you to fold your office away in the evening.

  1. Choose your desk

We know that sitting in one spot for an extended time can cause discomfort and over time lead to muscle problems. There is a wide choice of desks available today to help with that, standing desks offer a solution, raising in height to let you continue working while standing up. They are available in a wide range of sizes to suit most spaces and can really help with maintaining a safe and comfortable space to work.

If you need to use a desk that folds away, then this is not an option, but if you do have a non-standing desk, invest in a timer or other reminded to stand up and walk about at least once an hour to keep you healthy.

  1. The right chair

We have a habit of taking a chair for granted, despite it being something we spend so much time using. A bad chair can cause lower back problems, or just leave you uncomfortable enough that you can’t focus on work properly.

Modern orthopedic chairs with adjustable lumbar areas provide the support you need to work safely, avoid pain and the keep you comfortable so you can focus on work and are not distracted by how you are sitting.

  1. Take control of your lighting

Good lighting sets the mood for your workspace, but in the modern remote working environment, is also essential for video calls and other essential activities too. Having a window nearby provides natural light, which is also essential for your health too, but it can mean problems when using cameras for those calls. 

Being able to control the light is essential, and layering sheer with blackout curtains or as mentioned earlier, roman shades can help with that, allowing you to adjust the light entering the room so that it is always just enough. In addition to natural light, quality daylight LED lamps will prevent eyestrain and offer great visibility at all times.

  1. Think about the sound

One area that we are not usually paying much attention to at home is sound. For video or phone calls, minimizing the background noise makes sense, but there is also the quality of the sound. You don’t want the vacuum cleaner being heard while you finalize a deal with a client, at the same time, you also need clarity. 

If you don’t have a separate room, then sound management in the house will be all about a routine with your family so that those intrusive noises are avoided during work time. To ensure you are heard, a quality microphone is a good investment. Headphone with a mic build in are popular, but speakers and a separate microphone can be just as good too. Which works for you will depend on how you like to work. If you are someone who is more productive with background music, then speakers offer a better option than wearing headphones all day, for instance.

  1. Creating your space

With the right desk, chair, sound and lighting in place, now you need to create a space that works for you. An uncluttered desk can help you focus, so think about investing in storage to keep essential in when not in use. A touch of greenery can help too, and the oxygen even a small plant produces can really give you an extra lift.

  1. Establish a routine

With everything in place, it’s time to think about the practicalities of working from home. Establish a routine for your work, so you have a morning routine of breakfast and start the day at the same time each day. Routine helps to get you into ‘work mode’ mentally, separating home life from work life. While commuting is never fun, one of the thing sit does is successfully separate the different parts of your life. You need to do the same without leaving home.

The routine also helps your family too. With established time for work, they know not to disturb you during that period and let you remain fully focused on your work.


Roman shades to control lighting, the right chair and a regular routine also help you create a mental boundary between work and home life, which is incredibly important when working from home, allowing you to maintain a healthy work/life balance.Whether it is curtains to manage the light or a standup desk, having the right equipment allows you to create a space that works the way you do. In fact, if decorated wisely, even a small space can become a haven of productivity with the right setup and approach.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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