It is estimated that we spend as much as ⅓ of our lives working. Regardless of whether that’s happening at an office or a dedicated room in your home, that’s A LOT of time. Given this realization, do you give as much time and attention to your work environment as you do your living space? Are you staring at blank walls, a disheveled desk and a near dead plant in the corner or a Marie Kondo worthy space?
If the former, it’s time for an office makeover. Your office should be a space that is not only conducive to work, but a place you actually enjoy being. We’ve compiled some pointers on how to turn a sterile office space into one that’s comfortable and inviting.
Where your sofa is the most important piece of furniture in your living area, your office desk and chair are the workspace equivalent. Comfort is key. You don’t have to go out and purchase a whole new office set to achieve desired comfort levels. There are a number of smaller modifications and investments you can make that will instantly enhance the comfort of your desk and space. Consider adding the following accessories.
- A memory foam keyboard wrist pad and mouse pad to provide ergonomically correct wrist and hand support.
- Lumbar pillow for lower back support. The right pillow will promote good posture and offer relief from lower back pain.
- An anti-fatigue floor mat for those who prefer to stand while working. They’re soft and provide support for the arches of the feet, legs and back.
- Under desk foot rest. Anyone can benefit from a foot rest, but it’s particularly helpful for those with a smaller stature.
- Portable space heater. Most offices are inconsistent in the heating and cooling department. This gives you personal control over your localized temperature.
Aesthetics & Personalization
In creating an office space that’s pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul, some simple decorations can transform your work area.
- Place framed photos of family, friends and pets around your office. These are natural conversation starters and bring a piece of your personal life to work.
- Keep a couple of mildly scented candles on hand to create a calming and aromatic atmosphere. Your co-workers will thank you when the guy or gal down the hall reheats last night’s salmon…
- Accent with plants. Plants are known to have a soothing effect and help brighten dull spaces. Opt for fake plants if you don’t have a green thumb.
- Hang wall art. A simple piece of art that reflects your tastes and personality will personalize your space. You can get delightfully inexpensive prints from Michaels, Homegoods, Target and other popular stores.
Stop by Office Partners on Pearl for some real life office inspiration and to check-out our space.