A home office has unique needs. Unlike the rest of the home, where comfort and convenience are typically the priorities, a home office is a place that needs to foster focus and productivity. Whether you work from home full-time or simply have a room dedicated to paying bills and reading, a home office must be designed in a way that prevents distractions and choosing office blinds is a big part of that equation.
Creating a work sanctuary in your home can be a Herculean task, with family, pets, phones, and TVs just a few feet away to distract you -- not to mention your bed. But getting the design of your home office just right can help you maximize your at-home output so you can get your work done and free up time to spend on all the fun, restful things you’d rather be doing at home -- did we mention your bed was nearby ready for napping? Here are some tips for optimizing your office blinds to make your room a zen paradise that helps you concentrate and get all your work finished on time.
Blackout options are a great choice for office blinds because they keep out all the light and all the distractions that come with it. Especially when you’re trying to work throughout the day, sunlight can be a nuisance. As the light moves across the room at different hours, you may find yourself moving your chair around to keep the glare off your computer and out of your eyes. With blackout shades or blinds, you can have full control over the light in your home office and avoid being distracted by the room’s ever-changing brightness and heat. Plus, blackout window treatments don’t have to be an eyesore. You can get custom blackout blinds or shades that match the rest of your home office and serve as an elegant accent to the room even when you’re not in full-on work mode.
Of course, not everyone works best in darker rooms, and some may feel more productive with a little natural light to keep them alert. For these people, transitional shades are the perfect alternative to dark office blinds. Transitional shades are also called “zebra shades,” and they pair sheer fabric with solid panels that alternate to let in some light to your home office while keeping the room totally private. This privacy is a huge benefit when working from home, and it also helps prevent visual distractions, especially for those whose windows may overlook a busy street or who may have kids or dogs playing in the yard.
If you want to change the lighting in your home office, you know the drill: get up, walk across the room, adjust the blinds or shades on each window a few times until you get the light just right. Repeat this process every hour as the light changes until dusk. Thankfully, motorization makes controlling your office blinds or shades much easier, with modern battery technology that lets you open and close them with the click of a remote button. If you sync up motorized blinds or shades with a home automation system, you can even schedule your window treatments to move throughout the day as you desire, so you don’t have to waste precious brain space on manually shifting them yourself.
By optimizing your office windows, you can create a relaxing and productive atmosphere. If you’re still unsure what kind of window treatment will work best for your home office, start your design dream with a free consultation with one of our experts..