We spend a large proportion of our time working – often as much as we spend relaxing – so why aren’t offices more comfortable environments? Our living spaces are filled with home comforts, but most offices are still based around a standard desk and swivel chair. Whether you’re working from your company’s headquarters or from your spare room cum office, here’s how you can make your workspace a more comfortable place.
Spending extended periods hunched over a computer is not only bad for your posture but can also cause back pain. Thankfully, there are now alternatives to the uncomfortable office furniture of the past specifically designed to ensure you can work in comfort. Luxury swivel chairs are a popular option, but options like Comfy Sacks bean bags take office seating to the next level. Bean bag chairs are great for your back and far more relaxing than traditional office chairs, and high-quality bean bags allow you to work in style without fear of the aches and pains traditionally associated with office working.
If you type a lot in your job, you could be one of the many people suffering from the most common work-related injury in the United States – repetitive strain injury (RSI). Frequently causing pain and discomfort in the hands and wrists, RSI can be an unpleasant condition that impacts your ability to work. You can reduce your risk of strain by taking the pressure off. Wrist supports and wrist rests can make a big difference and are a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to work in comfort.
Our homes are filled with cushions and throws that showcase our personalities as well as providing comfort. Bring these soft furnishings into the office to create a more relaxed environment as well as ensuring you are warm and comfortable as you work.
The temperature in your office can have a big impact on your productivity. Too hot and you may find yourself dehydrated, sweaty, and uncomfortable; too cold and your joints can stiffen and your motivation dip. If your office doesn’t have air conditioning, it can be worth investing in electric fans and heaters to make sure your office remains at an ambient temperature, especially during the height of summer or the depths of winter.
Lighting can have an impact on your comfort at work. If your office is too dark you may be straining your eyes whenever you read, whereas bright strip lighting can cause headaches and migraines. Lights with a dimmer switch can be beneficial as you can adjust the lighting to meet your needs, but don’t underestimate the usefulness of the popular Anglepoise lamp. The adjustable arm of the lamp ensures you can focus the light where you need without overpowering brightness taking over the whole office.
Whichever of these ideas you adopt to adapt your office, you will notice the positive benefits they have on your comfort and productivity. You’ll find yourself wanting to spend more time at work because it’s such a relaxing space!