You’ve either decided to ditch corporate life and work from home full-time, set up a home office space to pursue a side gig, you’re a work-at-home parent, or you simply want a quiet space to go read. Either way, good for you!
If you’re working from home, you can’t simply pull out your laptop while in your pajamas in bed and expect to have a productive day. A clean, organized, and creative space is key to clearing your mind so you can get things done.
The good news is, Gumtree has everything you need to set up your home office on a budget. And you won’t even have to go far; using Gumtree’s in-app location services makes it easier than ever to find goods in your neighbourhood.
So, let’s get started!
- Pick a Wall Colour
Colour may seem irrelevant, but certain colours make us feel calmer than others. For example, if red makes you hungry, it may not be the best choice for your home office. This is a space you will spend a lot of time in, so it is important to pick a colour that makes you feel serene and has you wanting to step foot inside on a daily basis.
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- Find the Perfect Desk
Once your space is painted, you’ll need to find the perfect desk space to work from. It may not seem this way, but the options here are endless! For example, if you are one who thinks better on their feet, opt for a standing desk. If you need ample desktop space for drawings or paperwork, perhaps a corner desk will do the trick!
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- Find an Ergonomic Chair
You’ll be sitting in this chair for hours at a time, so we highly recommend searching for the most ergonomic chair you can afford. You really can’t put a price on health and comfort, now can you?
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- See the Light
Often an overhead light is simply not enough. Task lighting (illuminating a particular area in order for you to better complete a task) is key in a home office. Opt for a small but mighty desk lamp or nearby floor lamp to reduce the need to strain your eyes.
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- Take a Stand
If you are a laptop user, having your laptop at desk height can often result in slumped posture as it forces you to look downward towards your screen. To reduce this, find a laptop stand to position your laptop at eye level. Keep in mind you will need to purchase a separate keyboard in order to make this work!
- Add Some Storage
In order to avoid overcrowding your working space, finding a good storage solution is key. Adding shelving will provide amazing storage, as well as a space to add a few décor pieces, while keeping the floor space free. Additionally, a trendy bookshelf will provide a home for your books and heavier items.
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- Bring the Outdoors In
Plants have a calming effect on most, provide cleaner air, and reduce drowsiness, headaches, and congestion – win win!
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Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find these items close to home.