Work from home setup: what makes a great home office?
April 17, 2020
Working from home gives you unparalleled power to shape your work environment. But it also poses new challenges for your focus and wellbeing – from domestic distractions and uncomfortable equipment, to the absence of physical boundaries between work and play. The amount of space and privacy you have available in your home also plays a huge factor, and can be especially difficult to navigate when you’re sharing it with kids and other workers.
Naturally, there’s no one-size-fits-all here – but there are a few best practices to help find your ideal work from home setup. Pulling together tips and examples from our remote workers here at Memory, here are a few home office setup ideas to get you started.
While it’s great to change up where you work in your home, you should still have a designated base office space. It can take up an entire room, or just a corner of it – the important thing is that you set a clear physical area for your work. Wherever possible, try to keep your home office space:
Self-contained – a separate room with a door is best
Fixed – not like the kitchen table, where you have to constantly clear away your gear
Adaptable – you should still have the option to change positions and tweak your scene
Separate from where you relax – to help mentally divide work and downtime
Fed by fast, stable internet – an Ethernet connection is a huge plus
If you’re sharing bandwidth with other family members during working hours, consider upgrading your network router. You’re likely going to have a lot of video calls, so you’ll need a robust Wi-Fi connection.
Without the right setup, working from home can be unforgiving on your body. As a general rule, your work surface should be close to elbow height, with elbows close to your sides maintaining a 90-degree angle between upper and lower arms. Your screen should be roughly an arm’s length away at eye level. Respond to aches and try to nail a comfortable office setup from the start, considering:
Your chair – is it at the right height and does it support your posture?
Screen position – consider getting a laptop stand or dock, external monitors and monitor mounts
Standing options – bookcases and ironing boards make good interim standing desks
Mouse and keyboards – you’ll need these if you’re elevating your laptop screen
Desk space – ensure coffee mugs don’t become workplace hazards
Personality – light decorative touches can again boost your mood (just don’t be tempted towards clutter)
You may have just lost the best coffee machine of your life. While it won’t quite rival the fancy equipment in your employer’s office, treat yourself to new hot drink paraphernalia, like an Air Press, cafetière or some fancy beans.
The home offices of Memory
Our team has been working together remotely across the globe for six years now. To get your creative juices going, here’s a little insight into what our home office setups look like.