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Create the Perfect Standing Office at Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 08 August 2018 23:22

There are ten things can happen when you sit all day long: You'll have weak legs and glutes, gain weight, have a tight back, shoulders, neck and hips and have an increased risk of anxiety, depression, cancer, heart disease, varicose veins, diabetes and deep vein thrombosis. For these reasons and others, many people favor standing up at their desks. To do this, you have to get things right.

 

Easy on the Feet

 

If you'll be standing on your feet all day, you'll need some sort of cushioning and spring for your feet to avoid back pain and other maladies. For a standing office, you'll need to think of floors that can bounce back and absorb impact for the best results. If you like the look of hardwood floors, think of cork. Cork absorbs impact, but it is durable and easy to clean. Traditional carpet is still a good option. If your flooring is tile or some other hard surface, you can place mats in your office to create the cushion you need. You might also consider linoleum, laminate wood or bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring is a green solution too because it grows faster than trees.

 

Adjustable Desks

 

Not everyone is the same height, and not everyone enjoys working at the same level. Getting adjustable desks for your home standing office is a must. Adjustable desks are a good option for those who would like to adjust the level of their desks at different times of the day, sit down for a period of the day and allow others to work in the home office.

 

Utilize Wall Space

 

Standing offices are designed to be healthier. You should avoid bending down as much as possible. It's a good idea to keep everything at a level you're comfortable reaching for. This includes wastebaskets, phones and stationary. Put up shelves in the office to keep paper, and other supplies you'll need. Use your wall space to keep everything in your office higher up.

 

Lighting

 

Because you'll be standing a lot in your office, you'll need a source of overhead lighting. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. If you have ceiling lights or a fan, this might be enough light. However, you need ample lighting to avoid eye strain on your monitor and to help you read documents. Floor lamps are a good solution. Recessed lighting and clip-on spotlights can help you to get focused light without needing to illuminate the entire room.

 

Encourage Creativity

 

Your home office needs to be a place that you can think, create and solve problems. This is true whether you're an artist, writer, mathematician, scientist or engineer. If you are a manager or executive you will often work from home. You can use sites like https://jmjphillip.com/search-services/retained-executive-search-firms/ to help you in your career. When working from home, you'll need an office that is comfortable. Focus on painting the walls and placing items in your office with colors that lend to your creativity.

 

Design a Distraction-Free Office

 

Work productivity significantly slows down when you incur distractions. Avoid having a TV in the room with you, and consider closing or locking the door to your office. If you get distracted by outside commotion, it would be worth your while to either have blinds or shutters over your windows. Soundproofing your office with soundproof windows and insulating your walls. This will help your office stay at a consistent temperature as well. Keep regular office hours, and make sure that everyone in your home respects your hours. They wouldn't talk to you while you were at work. They can't expect that you'll be available while you're at home during your work hours.

 

Along with changing your home office, think of other healthier and aesthetically-pleasing ways you can improve your home.

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