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The ultimate home office guide

In the last few years, many of us have spent time in the home office. While everything is available and optimal conditions prevail in the office, we naturally had to set ourselves up at home first. We've done our research and mastered the work-life balance to make things easier for you. In this home office guide, we have summarised how you can create the perfect workplace in your own home.




The Essentials


To make sure that home office works, you need a solidly furnished work environment within your own four walls. Here's a quick checklist of the essentials.


The screen:


Whether it's a PC, Mac or laptop, your screen will be your door to the world in the home office. To make sure you don't get eye or back pain while working, there are a few things you should pay attention to. The viewing distance between your eyes and the screen should be between 50 and 80 cm. Your gaze should be directed only slightly downwards. This is a bit difficult, especially with laptops. To start with, you can simply place it on a shoebox, for example. In the long run, however, a laptop stand is clearly a more stylish option.


Mouse and keyboard:


Especially when the home office becomes the standard, a separate mouse and keyboard are essential. To ensure that you can work comfortably for a long time, it's important that the keyboard is between 10 and 15 cm away from the edge of the table. Otherwise your forearms will get cramped. The mouse should of course be operable in a relaxed position. If you keep these little points in mind, you should be able to type away all day without your body starting to go on strike!



The right workstation:


Of course, your desk should provide enough workspace. Ideally, you'll have enough room for a 160 x 80 cm desk surface. But 80 x 60 cm should be the minimum. If space is barely enough, you should consider a folding table. You can either get a desk that folds up and can be stored to save space or get a folding table that can be mounted on the wall. If you have enough space, the height adjustable desk is definitely the best choice. Especially if you spend the whole day here, changing your posture regularly is super important. A height adjustable desk allows you to effortlessly switch from sitting to standing. This prevents back pain and fatigue, keeps you focused and your productivity up!


Your throne:


To add the necessary dynamism to your daily routine, you need the right office chair. Of course, this is always a matter of taste. You can choose the classic office swivel chair. But you can also opt for wilder seating. Seat balls or stools with rounded feet ensure that you are moving all the time. It's also really important that you can adjust the height of your chair. Your feet should be able to touch the floor and ideally your upper and lower legs should form a 90° angle.


 

The atmosphere



It's not just your furniture that makes you feel comfortable in your home office. There are a few tricks you can use to make the atmosphere as comfortable as possible.





The temperature:


Of course, this is also a matter of taste. But as a rule of thumb you should remember that your room should be between 20-26° warm. Oxygen is super important for your concentration. So don't forget to ventilate regularly.


Quiet:


If you share a workspace with your flatmates, it is important that you create a safe space where you can work in peace and quiet. Acoustic partitions are available for this purpose. They have the advantage by giving you visually separated place of retreat. Noise-cancelling headphones can create the necessary peace and quiet as well.


Let there be light:


Natural daylight can't really be topped. In the evening and in the dark winter months, a daylight lamp is therefore the best choice. To avoid reflections on your screen, make sure the light comes from the side. It is also advisable to activate a blue light filter on your device starting in the afternoon. This prevents the blue light from your screen from inhibiting the production of the hormone melatonin, which can have a negative impact on your day-night rhythm.


 

The luxury



You will probably work from your home office often enough in the future. Reason enough to allow yourself a little luxury.






Allow yourself breaks:


One of the biggest advantages of a home office is the flexible schedule. But the danger is that you sit in front of your computer all day and forget to take breaks. Of course, that doesn't benefit anyone. Your superiors have nothing to gain from it, because there's no way your concentration will be at 100% for eight hours straight. But most of all, it can have an impact on your health. So take care of yourself and give yourself small time-outs on a regular basis. It's best to go for a run around the block during your lunch break. But even outside of that, you should always schedule short 5-minute breaks. This will keep you awake, focused and healthy!


Our secret tip:


But what is the one big advantage of working from home? No colleagues, no reason to be quiet! So our secret tip is loud music! Especially when you're forced to work from home, we think you should celebrate the positive aspects. So get yourself a bluetooth box or a solid stereo and enjoy the distance you have from the rest of the world! Especially during the little tasks that come up every day, it's okay to throw on your favourite record or podcast!


 

With our tips, you should now be able to get through your next home office session without any problems and know everything you need to know to set up the perfect workplace in your own four walls!

To get all the information together at a glance, we have put together a small checklist that you can download here .

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