Since many people have the flexibility to work from practically anywhere these days, some are turning to unconventional spaces to set up their virtual offices. In the spring and summer our outdoor spaces invite us to utilize them in every way possible, including plugging into work. And honestly, with the mood boosting effects of the sun coupled with abundant fresh air, we can’t think of a better place to set up your home office. Follow these tips to make your outdoor space work for you.
Set Up Your Area
The first rule of working outside is to set up your station near a power source. An extension cord can give you a little extra freedom, so you aren’t limited to the length of your computer cord. One of the changes resulting from the pandemic has been the adoption of a paperless work environment. Going paperless can simplify working outdoors, however if paper is necessary for your work, be prepared with a paper weight or binder to ensure any loose documents stay put and are organized. A slider or c-table can make all the difference in your outdoor work arrangement, sliding into a variety of spaces so that you can sit virtually anywhere with a spot for your computer.
Comfort level is key when working, otherwise you’ll just be tempted to move indoors. Select seating that is comfortable for hours. Pair it with an outdoor table that allows you to sit at a height conducive to typing or writing. If you’re planning to work outdoors, you want to ensure you won’t be forced to make countless trips inside to retrieve all your office essentials. Before you head out, fill a serving cart or serving tray with everything you might need. Having a pitcher of water, notebook, pen and some snacks at the ready will keep you working uninterrupted longer.
Create a Mobile Option
Having the ability to move your outdoor office is helpful if you live in a state where the weather is unpredictable. You may also want the ability to move your workstation if the sun changes positions or if you simply desire a change of scenery. Modular seating and lightweight chairs are great options for easily moving from one location to another. Many chaise lounges are equipped with wheels that make rolling around a breeze. If you’re really wanting to embrace the carefree lifestyle of summer, sit on a poolside seat while dipping your toes in the water. These portable seats can be moved anywhere along the pool’s perimeter.
Shade is imperative for working outside. Too much sun and you’re left sunburned – not to mention squinting in an attempt to decipher what’s on the screen. Set up your space under an umbrella, tree or pergola for an unobstructed view of your laptop as well as optimal coolness. Stationary daybeds are spacious, and many are even equipped with a built-in beverage tub. Hanging daybeds make a luxurious work station, letting you embrace the breeze while working away. (They also provide a picture-perfect backdrop for those video calls).
Head to our blog to learn all about modular furniture to see if it’s right for your outdoor home office.