With more sunshine in the forecast, spending time outdoors can be tempting, especially when it comes to working from home. Working outdoors during the summer may seem like a good idea; however, without a functional setup, you may find yourself distracted and have lack of focus. Here’s what you need to know to create a functional outdoor workspace.
Multi-use outdoor spaces are a great way to adapt throughout the workday. A comfortable seat, an umbrella for shade, and tables or stools for your laptop, lunch, or drink glasses are some of the best multi-use décor options for a functional outdoor workspace.
Keep It Separate
An outdoor home office should be sectioned off from the rest of the patio or yard to ensure fewer distractions. Outdoor partitions such as privacy screens, bushes, plants, trellises, and pergolas can assist in creating a more private outdoor workspace. Timing working hours around your spouse or roommate can also be highly beneficial.
A table or surface is necessary for proper back support and creates a comfortable space to work outdoors for many hours. An outdoor dining table is the best option, but a stool, side table, or lap desk will also do the trick. Having your laptop at eye level is beneficial and can help prevent a sore neck and back.
Protection From Elements
Protection from the sun, rain, and wind is necessary to ensure a functional outdoor workspace. Be prepared for any type of weather. An awning, canopy, or umbrella creates added coverage to ensure you do not get sunburnt, wet, or cold. These protective coverings also prevent papers from flying away or getting ruined.
Outdoor furniture, plants, and décor are great for creating a comfortable outdoor workspace. The addition of pillows, throws, lanterns, string lights, plants, or outdoor rugs can transform any outdoor workspace into an outdoor oasis. Try fun pops of colour to create interest or neutral earth tones to create a feeling or zen.
If working on a laptop or phone, a power outlet is necessary to create a functional outdoor workspace. It is beneficial to invest in a heavy duty indoor/outdoor extension cord, so that no matter where the power outlet is located, you can plug in your electronics without having to move.
Creating a functional workspace outdoors is possible for any size of space with the help of our team of Advisors and Interior Designers. They will help you maximize your space and ensure it is effective with the use of space planning, as well as assist with furnishing and décor. Book your free consultation by calling (604) 264-7366 or email us at ContactUs@FairTradeWorks.biz!