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By now, many of us have switched to remote work for the better. A survey conducted by Owl labs revealed that 59 percent of the working force would rather opt for an employer who supports work from home than on-site operation. Upwork estimates that 36.2 million Americans will switch to complete remote work by 2025.

With such a great inclination towards WFH, people are developing choices and preferences for their remote work environment. We’re at a point now where working from no more means working from bed. Instead, people are opting to create proper personalized and customized workspaces at home to facilitate themselves.

Here are some of the trending choices and preferences for home offices in 2022:

Functional, Space-Saving Furniture

Since home offices do not have massive covered spaces or multiple rooms, they ought to have lots of functionality within the limited space. And for that, we need compact but functional furniture.

Functional furniture refers to furniture that lets you do more with little space. For example, consider an L-shaped desk. It saves loads of space and helps you make the most out of the corner of your home office. The desk’s top is such that it combines the covered area of two desks at once without occupying much of your room space. So, you’ve plenty of space to place multiple monitors, printers, papers, stationery goods, etcetera atop this desk.

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Along with functional and practical home office furniture, ergonomic office chairs and tables are also becoming popular. Since the users will be spending their day and night at the same spot with minimal movement here and there, they ought to have a work environment that doesn’t damage their physical health.

For example, office chairs with lumbar support are becoming increasingly popular. Similarly, sit-and-stand desks that allow the user to both sit and stand (as desired) are also becoming popular.

Ergonomic keyboards and mouse pads are also some examples of trending ergonomic home office tools. Adding these to your workspace brings a balance between your health and work, and it amplifies your productivity levels.

Balanced & Soothing Environment

Since working all by yourself in a closed environment can build up stress, people are opting for soothing colors for their work environment at home. Colors like white, dusty pink, earthy brown, soft green, etcetera can have a calming effect.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should go for a monotonous workspace. It will become too boring! Choose complementing colors. For example, you can opt for a white office chair with an earthy brown desk.

Eco-friendly Approach

The last two years have taught us a lot about our ignorance towards ourselves and the planet. So, this year, most people are choosing to go with eco-friendly home office furniture.

Eco-friendly furniture options include furniture crafted from materials that last long (preferably natural materials like wood and glass). You won’t be purchasing over and over again. Hence, contributing less to the overall carbon effect on the planet. Similarly, instead of using fancy lights that consume loads of energy, you can opt for natural light.

Set up your home office near a large window that brings lots of light. It will keep you refreshed too.

A Comfy Side Place

Remote work has its benefits, but it also has its downsides. When working from home, you are completely deprived of your social support. At times, you may miss the random conversations you used to have with your fellow employees at the coffee machine. You may miss the mini-break it used to give to your nerves.

So, to tackle that, there’s another ingenious trend we’re witnessing in 2022: the comfy side place! A lot of people are opting to buy a separate super comfortable chair or sofa for their work desk or workplace at home. They choose to place it at a distance from their actual office chair.

The idea is to switch to that seat when the circumstances become too stressful, or you’re too tired and need a break. Instead of calling it a day, quitting work, and going to bed, you can take a mini-break with this comfy side place. In this way, your focus would stay aligned as you return to work.

Final Thoughts

We hope this quick insight into home office trends 2022 helps you plan a trendy and comfy workspace for yourself. Remember, if something’s trending, it can help you. But it need not dictate you. Pour in your creativity and be yourself!

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Most businesses start at home or in student dorm rooms, while some others with more luck and more initial funding start in small offices and other more professional surroundings. No matter how good your startup idea is, you will definitely have trouble with space in your first office. Don’t despair, there are tricks that can make your space look bigger and more appealing to future clients and employees.

Laptops

Desktop computers take out a lot of space and the prices and specs of laptop computer are almost equivalent these days. In addition to this you will be able to do your business in motion and use all the practicality that comes with a laptop.

New Shelves

Great way to use more of your office space and the things you place on these shelves will always be visible and easy to reach. Some people decide to hire professional help, when doing simple tasks like this, but with a good DIY guide and adequate tools and materials you will be able to build and paint your shelves like a pro. You can find cheap and good quality tools in online tool shops.

Tamed Cables

This is important not only because you want to make your office bigger, but also for making it a safer place. For this task you can use everything from duck-tape to pegboard and make sure to mark each cable with different color band.

Lighter Colors on the Walls

This is one of the basic interior design tricks for making a room look bigger. Some people choose plain white, but this will make your office look like a hospital or some other health institution, so it is better to use warmer light colors, and also don’t hesitate to place some minimalist decorations on the walls.

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Simple Storage Furniture

Bigger office furniture that’s mostly used for storing can also be used as a clipboard or the place where you will put some important notices to your clients and employees. When it comes to office furniture, color should be a good match to the color of your walls and it can also have some decorations, but rather choose simple and inconspicuous pieces. Flamboyant vintage furniture is not functional enough, so don’t even think about Luis the Fourteenth.

Uncovered Windows

Be sure not to install any curtains on your windows. It is better to leave them uncovered and bring in all the light your office can get. The light will give it much more depth and if you want more privacy or you want to stop your employees from watching people go by, it is better to use shades or blinds than curtains.

Ceiling Tricks

In small offices ceiling is one of the most important and most visible parts. You should always draw attention to it, and keep it nice and tidy. A good idea is to paint the ceiling in some dramatic colors or even to cover it with wallpapers. This will make it look taller, and office will automatically look bigger.

Another great trick is to install shelves very close to the ceiling and store some things that you don’t use that often, but that are looking nice and representative. Clever space-saving lawyer, for example, would use these shelves for nicely bound law books.