Home Office Tips

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As more and more are working from home due to the pandemic, home office projects have seen a rise in popularity. What is involved in creating a home office space? An office can be created in an area that previously served another purpose, such as a spare bedroom, dining areas or even finished attic spaces. You may already have an office but find that a better layout to improve functionality is needed. These adjustments can cause a dilemma in balancing practicality and comfort.

These are 3 details to always keep in mind when designing or adjusting your home office:

1. Lighting

It’s very difficult to work efficiently in a dimly lit area. LED lighting has taken over as the best option for updating or adding light. A good quality light and low power consumption make LEDs our first choice. The low profile also allows fixtures to be placed almost anywhere. However, the best lighting is natural light. When planning your home office it’s recommend to allow as much natural light in as possible. But where that isn’t possible, there’s a variety of options to getting light in your shadowed areas.
2. Power
Electrical outlet placement is very important in keeping a safe work space. When no power receptacles are near your desk area, you may feel tempted to use extension cords to bring power to where you need it. Overloading extension cords (meant to be for temporary use) can cause heat and present a dangerous fire hazard. Outlet location will also keep your desk area neat and tidy. With the outlets exactly where you need it, you can just use the supplied power cord without any need for visible extensions.
3. Low voltage/networking

Likely, not a day goes by where we don’t use our wi-fi. All smart electronics in our house and office can be connected together without the need for any cabling. However, when connecting more devices you may see your wi-fi bandwidth bogged down and slower speeds. Upgrading older cabling to CAT-5e (1,000 Mbps) or CAT-6/6a (10,000 Mbps) may correct any issues of slow internet. Your wi-fi router may need to be updated as well, but thankfully there is a wide variety and multiple price points for your specific need.

Upgrading your home office this year? Hopefully the few tips can help get the most out of your new space. Of course, if you need any help or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.