How to Create the Perfect Workspace in Your Home

Studying takes a lot of focus and the right type of lighting.
Studying takes a lot of focus and the right type of lighting.

The summer months are an exciting time to spend outdoors with family members and friends. However, for those with family members enrolled in summer courses or jobs that have them working from home, it can be difficult to resist the urge to go outside when you need to be indoors.

That's why it's important to create a welcoming space inside so you feel completely relaxed and encouraged to get work done. Here are three ways you can create the perfect workspace in your home:

1. Reduce Outside Communication
If you need to get work done, you don't want to go to public spaces such as coffee shops or libraries. If you do this, you run the risk of being distracted. Your work time could be significantly affected if you run into a friend while out. Limit all sources of communication and try your best to disconnect yourself from social media and your phone.

2. Use Natural Light
Your basic lighting design is critical to your workspace. If you work in a dark space, you're likely to get exhausted or give up before you're done. Allow plenty of natural light to come into your home and workspace. This will give you a fresh feeling and help you worry less about being outside. The sounds of the outdoors could also be a great source of background noise to keep you focused on the tasks ahead of you.

3. Implement Artificial Light
Whether your workspace cannot receive natural light or you need to work at night, you still should use appropriate lighting. For your work area, it's smart to use a task lighting fixture near your desk or primary workspace. On the other hand, you don't want the light directly faced in your eyesight. This can strain your eyes and make it difficult to focus. Fixtures such as a swinging arm wall light or a bendable table lamp are perfect solutions that allow you to adjust the light's direction.

Additionally, you want to use the correct amount of ambient lighting in the room. You want to stay away from using a single light in a completely dark room. This also strains your eyes and makes it harder for you to read. Instead, make sure your ambient light fixture hangs appropriately to cast enough brightness for the entire room.

Visit your local ALA showroom or go online to to learn more about home lighting options.

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2 thoughts on “How to Create the Perfect Workspace in Your Home

  1. Do you have any suggestions for artists studios who mainly work at night? I use an adjustable halogen lamp on my main desk but also lighting from my ceiling fan. (more than one type of lighting in that fixture).
    I just had my 60th birthday & although I don’t really need corrective lens, I do wear reading glasses for my detailed artwork.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    ginger young

    • As an artist, finding a light with the right color temperature is crucial. A painting under a 4,000 Kelvin bulb will look very different than under 2,500 Kelvins, for example. And Happy birthday – While you’re still relatively young, when it comes to the aging eye, it is important to take into consideration glare and other factors that can make it difficult to work for long periods of time under artificial light. We recommend going to talk with a professional in a lighting showroom near you to determine the best lighting plan for your works pace. Ask your lighting showroom about color temperature and color rendering index to learn more.

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