More people than ever before are now working from home. For those who always thought they would have to go to an office, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that many jobs can be easily performed from the comfort and safety of your own home. In today’s blog from Summerwind Apartments in Garner, we want to talk about setting up an office in your apartment. There are several things you can do that will ensure you have a very functional and ergonomic workspace — both of which are necessary for productivity. Keep reading for some tips on how to set up the ideal home office in your apartment.
Find the Right Location
Although it may be tempting to work while sitting on your couch or laying in bed, you’ll be much more productive and your posture won’t suffer if you set up a proper workspace. If you have a spare bedroom, that’s ideal, but most people don’t have an entire extra room that isn’t being used. That’s ok — you can still create a perfect place to work wherever you have enough room and proper lighting. Consider setting up your desk in your bedroom or create an office space in a corner of your living or dining room. Just make sure to pick a spot where you have enough room to work.
Pick a Desk That’s the Right Height
There’s nothing worse than getting that telltale back and shoulder pain that comes along with not being ergonomically aligned with your keyboard. If you have a desk that is too tall or too short, this will quickly happen to you. If you have a job that requires you to work at a desk or type on a keyboard for most of the day, you must consider the proper desk height and buy a desk that fits you.
Another option, although a bit pricier, is to buy a standing desk. With so many people working from home now, the availability and options for standing desks have skyrocketed. You can opt for an adjustable stand that sits on your existing desk, or you can go to the other end of the spectrum and get a completely new, completely electric desk that raises and lowers with just the touch of a button.
Invest In a Good Chair
Although you could certainly grab an extra dining room chair for your desk, we advise against it. A good-quality adjustable chair is a good investment. You’ll not only be able to set it up so that you can work in an ergonomic position with your feet firmly planted on the floor, but it will also help you to keep good posture and prevent lower back pain.
Take a Look at Your Lighting
Working near a window may be great for getting natural light and enjoying a fresh breeze but it won’t work if you’ll be working on a computer. The bright light will make your screen hard to see and will likely give you a headache. Consider getting curtains or blinds to shade a bright window and then invest in soft, but sufficient floor or desk lamps that will give you just the right amount of lighting for your needs.
Consider Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Just when you start to really concentrate on what you’re doing is when your next-door neighbor will decide to turn up the radio and dance around their apartment. Distractions like this can make it difficult to keep your mind on what you’re doing and it can have a negative effect on your productivity. To stay focused and not lose your train of thought, a good pair of noise-canceling headphones can be a godsend when you’re working from home.
They’re also a great idea if you have others living in your apartment with you. You can’t expect everyone else to stay silent while you work, so a pair of noise-canceling headphones is a must.
Set Up Your Home Office at Summerwind Apartments in Garner, NC
If you’re looking for a new place to call home in the Garner area, we invite you to take a look at Summerwind. We offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom options with plenty of extras like a 24-hour fitness center, an on-site laundry facility, and a saltwater pool. If you’re now working from home, where you live makes a big difference. Call Summerwind Apartments today and schedule a tour.