When in college, a lot of studying takes place in your room and to improve your learning experience, you need to create the perfect working space. Doing college homework in bed seems natural to most students, but research shows this is unhealthy and unproductive. If you want to get the most out of your study time, it is important to transform your room into a study space.
This article suggests ways to create the perfect working space in your room. Read on.
- Consider Your Needs
In most cases, you already have existing space at home, and you need to remodel it to suit your work needs. Before doing this, you have to consider your working space requirements. You should consider the following:
- Type of work to determine facilities required
- If client visits are necessary at your home office
- Need for collaborative tools with your employees
- Type of equipment required
- All storage requirements
These considerations will help determine the space you need for your office at home.
- Zone your Room
Your college room serves multiple purposes, and for this to work out, you have to create specific zones. You should have a study area with a work desk and chair, your computer and other important study tools. You should set your study zone in the best location away from the door to avoid distraction.
You should also set a comfort zone where you can relax and unwind after a tough day in class. The comfort area is different from your sleeping area and can include a sofa, or comfy cushions on the floor.
- A Dash of Personality and Warmth With Décor
If you want to create the perfect workspace, you have to work on the existing décor to make it study-friendly. While at it, you should add some personality and warmth through the décor color and material you choose.
You will spend a lot of time in the home office, and for this reason, you should invest in a warm and welcoming décor. This creates a tranquil environment where you can work comfortably and relax when under pressure.
According to a survey conducted by the BCA and International Association of Professional Art Advisors (IAPAA), there’s a positive relationship between productivity, stress, morale, creativity, and décor in the workplace. Color psychology indicates the choice of décor color will influence perceptions and emotions, and it is advisable to pick an energy inducing color, including shades of yellow, orange and red.
This involves using bright wallpaper which can inspire you when studying, using comfy rugs to make your room welcoming and setting portraits or posters on the wall to personalize your space.
A report published on Forbes says the physical appearance of a workspace affects productivity. If you want to achieve your studying objectives, you have to work in a comfortable space. Your décor choice is thus crucial in creating a perfect working space.
- Get Inspired
Transforming your student room into a working space is not easy, but in this digital age, you can get inspiration from multiple sources. There are online photos of student room decorations, and you can borrow this to create the perfect study space in your room.
- Blend it With the Rest of the Office
One of the secrets to creating a perfect office space is to leverage aesthetic flow in your house. Many people close off their offices and set out to change everything about the room which creates discordance in the living space. It is advisable to allow your home’s décor outlook to flow into your office.
This harmony is essential for productivity and creating a sense of serenity. When remodeling your house, don’t overhaul everything but instead, make changes that don’t create a different décor flow from the rest of the house.
- Invest in Good Lighting
Good lighting is crucial in any working space. When doing your studies, you should have adequate light to avoid straining your eyes. Natural light is great, but you should add a desk lamp for use at night or when the natural light is low.
Creating a window in your working space is a great idea to add natural lighting, but in case this is not possible, you have to invest in artificial lighting. A combination of general and task lighting is perfect for your working space.
On your desk, you need a desk lamp to improve your comfort levels. When looking for lighting fixtures, consider energy-efficient daylight-replicating light sources.
The best lighting fixtures can transform any room into an office including that dark basement or attic. Ergonomic task-lighting fixtures have dimmer switches to help you control the lighting in your working space. Consider ambient lighting, under-cabinet lighting, and other such installations to make your room brighter.
- Build a Book Shelf
Storage is an important part of any workspace and you should consider adding a bookshelf in your student room for this purpose. Modular bookshelves are easy to install and they provide easy access to books and other items. The bookshelf also enhances the décor and adds a dash of style to your room.
- Remove Distractions
Once you have set a working desk and chair, you should remove all distractions from this studying area. Video games, your phone, TV are just some of the distractions which can affect your output.
- Green Plants for Décor and Health
Adding green plants in your working space might not be the first thing that comes to mind when remodeling your office space but there is a reason these plants are popular. Some of the popular office plants include Devil’s Ivy, Aglaonema, Peace lily, Ficusbenjamina, ZamioculcasZamiifolia, Bromeliads, Jade, or Crassulaovata, African violet, Chinese Evergreen, and English Ivy among others.
These plants not only add a dash of color but also create a serene atmosphere. They remove toxicants from the room and also create freshness to the air which adds to the comfort levels in your working space.
- Include the Office Essentials
A good working space should have the basics including an ergonomic chair or standing desk, computer with an external mouse, e-reader or textbooks’ space, notebooks, index cards, a wall for reminders and your time planner.