Whether you moved into a new office space or you’ve grown tired of your old work setup, renovating and redecorating your workplace can seem like a time-consuming and costly process. This is especially true if you plan on hiring an indoor decorator to do all the work. Fortunately, there are ways to embellish both your work and your home office without having to pay a contractor. Just make sure you don’t go overboard and think that you need to buy every little thing. Just because something’s old, doesn’t mean it’s broken and can’t be reused.
Hide the cables
Office rooms are notorious hubs for cables. Average computer has at least five all scattered under the desk, then there’s the phone, cell phone chargers and laptop chargers and even the lamp is plugged in somewhere. Having cables spread from one corner of a room to another is not a pretty sight and poses a risk of someone tripping and accidentally breaking some of the electronics. You can get cable-covers online or make a simple box under the desk or a drawer to hide all those cables and wires. With the cables safely stored, your workplace won’t look as messy as it used to.
Light it up
Workspace needs to have a lot of light. Dim lights trick the brain into thinking that is getting dark, which in turn makes us feel drowsy, sleepy and low in focus. This is why lighting is so important. If you have a big window, make sure to open the blinds or curtains and let that natural light in. If that still not enough light, try switching your old light bulbs for white-light and LED lights. Those who don’t have big windows can always get a few extra lamps and position them around the room. At the very least, try to get a decent desk lamp, they have bright light as they’re often used for reading.
Use screens and fake walls
When it comes to small businesses, the main office is almost always just one big room. This is where screens come into the play. Giant rooms can easily be split into smaller spaces using fake walls and screens to provide a more practical and productive workplace, without the need for construction work. Even smaller spaces with a simple desk-office can be separated with a screen, to add more privacy and intimacy. This is especially useful when dealing with a lot of one-on-one meetings.
Get comfortable seats
There’s nothing worse than working long shifts sitting in an uncomfortable chair. People get sore backs, become moody and that can lead to a decrease in productivity. Just because the office space isn’t great does not mean that the employees need to feel uncomfortable. Spending a few extra buck on comfy chairs is better than losing business and it’s an investment that pays off in the long run. If you’re feeling extra adventurous or you have a more laid-back work atmosphere, try getting a couple of beanbags, they are perfect for grabbing a quick break away from the computer.
Do a little repainting
A fresh coat can make or break an office. Too white and people might think it’s too sterile, to colorful and you might not get taken too seriously. The aesthetic appeal of a room relies heavily on the paint job. Most painting can be done with a simple paintbrush and a few rollers, however, bigger office spaces will surely need commercial painting. The main difference between commercial and residential painting is mostly the size of the space that needs painting, so make sure to check that out before hiring a contractor.
No matter what work you do, it’s really not that difficult to combine style and personality with professionalism. Some solutions involve hiring professionals, while others can be easily done with a helping hand. Choose the layout and color scheme according to the work you do, play around with the furniture and try to avoid leaving the office messy. If you are still unsure how exactly to embellish your workplace, feel free to contact an interior designer, at least for a change of perspective.
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