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Designing Your Home Office

Designing Your Home Office By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

As the cost of gas increases and wireless technology becomes more accessible, a larger number of Americans may find themselves working from home. If you're one of the thousands trading in a stressful commute for a leisurely stroll from the bedroom to a home office, you may want to invest in a home office design and décor that promotes comfort and productivity.

Ergonomics is king in home office design. A design that mitigates discomfort should be your first consideration as you put together a home office. Here are a few tips on how to assemble a safe and comfortable workstation.

In Office Design, Focus on Ergonomics First

Make sure your office furniture is arranged in a manner that promotes comfort and prevents unnecessary strain on your back, shoulders, arms, and wrists. Your keyboard and mouse should be at or below the height of your elbow. Place both your keyboard and monitor directly in front of you. Your feet should rest comfortably on the floor. If they dangle, get something to prop them up on.

You'll notice that surprisingly few desks are sold with keyboard trays, even though keyboard trays are usually necessary to curb muscle pain associated with long periods working with a keyboard or mouse. Keyboard trays can be purchased separately at office supply stores and can be easily installed on most desks.

Control the Lighting

If you're working in a sunny room, make sure your home office décor includes mini blinds or drapes that can effectively block bright sunlight. Rays of sunlight across your monitor could lead to eye strain.

Personalize Your Décor

If you have the pleasure of working from home, make the most of it by creating a décor in which you're comfortable. Put up framed prints of your favorite artists or photographs from beloved locales. Bring in a comfy sofa and create a place to take a quick afternoon nap. Roll in a yoga mat in case you feel like stretching. Include a stereo along with copies of your favorite music.

Your home office can be both functional and comfortable. With a little planning and effort, your home office could be a place you look forward to working in everyday.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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