Working from home is not a new concept, but recent events have created a mass shift in the
American workforce and more people than ever before are working from home. While simply
placing a laptop on the kitchen table is one way to work from home, having a designated
home office offers a better environment for productivity and is easier to set up than you might

• The first step is to find the right location for your home office. Although it’s great if you
have a spare room to use, not everyone has this luxury. A corner of a master bedroom
or living room, a loft area, or even a section of a well-insulated garage can work just as

• Once you find the right space, create a list of the materials you’ll need to be productive.
A formal desk is best, but if you don’t own one, then any table will work. Use
bookshelves or storage cubes to keep paper, pens, and other useful items within easy

• Pay attention to the lighting – both natural light and lighting fixtures. Cool light, such as
sunlight, is best for productivity. Make sure you have a desk lamp or floor lamp if the
room doesn’t have proper natural lighting.

• Once you have the essentials set up, it’s time to add some personal touches. Add a plant
or decorate a wall with pictures you enjoy, to bring the space to life. Consider the
storage elements as well, such as pen holders or file folders.

A home office doesn’t need to be fancy to be an effective and enjoyable space. The most
important consideration is to ensure you can work in peace; it should also offer a pleasant
place to be productive that is separate from your living space so you can unplug at the end of
the workday.