More and more people are working from home today. There are many benefits associated with doing so. Not only is this a more comfortable working environment, but also it means that parents don’t need to spend a fortune on childcare, and you won’t need to spend money on the commute either. If you do work from home, though, it is important to have a dedicated working space. If your basement isn’t serving much purpose, you could transform this into your home office. Here are some suggestions on doing so…

Make sure the basement provides a comfortable working environment – A lot of basements deal with issues such as too much humidity. You need to combat this with a dehumidifier. Here’s how a dehumidifier works and the impact it will have on your basement. Humidity is not the only problem; there may be damp! Again, this is something you will need to deal with before you turn your basement into an office.

Paint for productivity – The colors that are used in a room have an impact on the way that we think and feel. This is why you need to choose your office color palette with care. Any colors that are too harsh, such as red, will be too distracting. It is hard to focus when you are surrounded by a shade like red, which is associated with passion, irritation, and urgency. Instead, choose calming colors, like blue. If your job is a creative one, opt for a color like yellow, which is suited to this type of work environment.

Personalise thoughtfully – Your basement probably does not have a lot of personalization in it at the moment if it has become somewhat of a neglected room. However, you are going to be spending a lot of time in here now, and so it is a good idea to add a bit of personalization. Getting the balance right is vital. You want to create a pleasant working environment, yet you don’t want one that is too distracting.

Add greenery – Another tip for those who intend to work from home is to add some greenery to their basement. There are many benefits associated with this. Firstly, plants look beautiful, and they make people happier too. In addition to this, they produce oxygen, and so they improve the airflow in any space, which can be of great benefit in a basement.

Light the room carefully – Relying on one harsh overhead is not the way to go when you are lighting up any room, especially not a basement, which is likely to be a bit dark and dingy as it is. You need to use a variety of light sources to create the right environment for you to work efficiently.

If you follow the tips that have been provided, you can turn your basement into a dedicated working space. From dealing with the issue of humidity to ensuring that your new office is designed for productivity, there is a lot to take into account, but it will help to make your home business a great success.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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