Setting up a workspace at home: Tips for the home office17. July 2020
A better balance between work and private life, no commuting – there are many advantages to working remotely in your home office. The topic has become increasingly relevant due to the coronavirus pandemic. Time to set up a long-term workspace at home that provides room for a break.
What do you need for a home office?
From a mental perspective it’s important to keep your professional life separate from your private life. This line should also be drawn when it comes to rooms. A separate office is ideal, but home offices can often also be accommodated in living areas or spacious halls. In addition to having the right space available, a home office also requires technical equipment. A fast, stable and secure internet connection is a must-have for working remotely. Standard equipment also includes a monitor, keyboard and telephone. Some employers also require an office chair. We go into this topic in further detail below under the heading “a strong posture for the future”.
Setting up a home office – Creating new space
Partition walls help separate work and living spaces. Installing plasterboard walls is an easy and cost-effective solution. Plasterboard panels attached to a metal construction are ideal in this situation. Insulating material provides additional soundproof thermal insulation between the gaps. This allows for a focused, efficient and comfortable working environment protected from any noise. Plasterboard panelled with a single layer also makes a suitable room partition and provides protection against distractions. But careful: make sure the space gets enough daylight when creating a new room. Read more about this under “illuminated workspace”.
Furnishing the home
Partition walls simultaneously provide added space for furniture and furnishing elements. Home workspaces can be made office friendly by adding wall lamps or shelves. Pictures and other furnishing elements can upgrade living areas. But be careful: plasterboard has limited load-bearing capacity and can only bear so much weight. The plugs and screws must be suitable for the application. The weight and thickness of the component must also be taken into account.
The fischer DUOBLADE is a recommended product for this scenario and is particularly clean and easy to install. It effectively expands in the correct level of plasterboard panels with single and double panelling while protecting the material. Lightweight lamps, pictures and much more can be securely attached with the DUOBLADE. fischer’s DUOTEC plug expands behind panels and is recommended for installing heavier living room shelves, hooks or pictures to partition walls.
Desks should ideally be located near a window, as daylight is beneficial to performance and saves on electricity. When selecting a room as your home office make sure it gets sufficient daylight. The desk should be positioned sideways to the window to ensure you aren’t blinded by the light. Installing an additional blind is sure to be a good idea. Artificial lighting is also crucial to allow work to continue during darker months of the year. Cold lighting is recommended for home offices as it increases concentration and productivity levels. Colour temperatures or light colours of over 5,300 Kelvin are recommended for this purpose. The fischer DUOPOWER is an all-round solution suitable for installing lamps in all anchor bases that surround the home office. It flexibly activates the right function in solid, hollow and panel construction materials by expanding, folding or knotting. The fischer DUOTEC meanwhile is suitable for attaching lamps in partition walls and panelling materials with cavities. Blinds are also recommended for controlling light exposure and can easily be installed with the fischer DUOPOWER.
A strong posture for the future
An ergonomic office chair is particularly important when regularly working from home full time. When sitting upright with feet placed firmly and parallel on the ground with the forearms placed on the tabletop, knees and elbows should be at a 90-degree angle. Monitors should also be placed slightly below the horizontal visual axis at a distance of one arm length. These aspects should be correctly configured from the start when setting up a home office. Those who prefer things to be a bit more unusual can opt for an ergonomic stool for their home office, which is good for your circulation and back.
Home office costs
Home offices can be set up on a small budget under the right circumstances. Those who prefer added comfort, require new technology or need to create a whole new room should factor in higher costs. It is certainly possible to start with basic equipment and gradually upgrade.
Taking various furnishing tips into account can make working at home enjoyable without blurring the lines between work and leisure time.