In Vrydag (23 Augustus) se Burger het ‘n artikel verskyn oor die inrigting van studeerkamers. So tussen hakies vind ek die benaming studeerkamer altyd baie amusant, aangesien ek nog nooit iemand sien studeer het in hul studeerkamer nie. Die enigste vertrek in ‘n woonhuis waar ek mense sien studeer het, is in hul slaapkamers…. ‘n Beter benaming is seker ‘n werkkamer of kantoor (in Engels “Home Office”). Die artikel het my geinspireer om te kyk na die uitleg van die areas waar ons tuis werk. Meeste van ons het nie die voorreg om ‘n hele aparte studeerkamer in ons kleiner moderne huise te hê nie. Dit moet beplan word as deel of hoekie van bv. die familie- of slaapkamer. Dieselfde beginsels geld vir die beplanning, klein of groot.
Die foto en berig benede het ek op Lidewij Edelkoort se Trendletter gevind. Ag, sou dit tog nie lekker gewees het as ek so ‘n lessenaar gehad het die jare toe ek as bibliotekaris boeke moes katalogiseer nie. Tydens my middagete sou ek tog te lekker ‘n ogie kon knip!
Creating likeable offices has proven better workethics. Companies more and more try to make the work space more like a hangout place where everyone feels home and comfortable. The 1.6 SM of Life takes this idea to a whole different level. It is a compact, hybrid yet stylish desk that turns into a bed, which was inspired by the experience while studying and working.
By day, the piece of furniture looks like an unassuming white workstation. By mid-day, it opens up to reveal a padded surface beneath the desk area that serves as a comfy spot for those who tend to hit the wall around that time.
Searching for images of home offices on the internet I only came across pictures that does not portray anything that I have seen in real life. They are all so perfect, not a pencil or file out of place. Maybe we all aspire to such a perfect office aka study, but let’s face it this is only possible in our dreams. Nevertheless there are a few important tips that I would like to share when planning your home office, study or what ever you choice to call it.
* L-shaped desk (or two tables placed in a L-shape) is best if you work on a computer. You have that extra space for doing paperwork, reading or filing.
* Light – natural or electrical. Make sure there is no light reflected on your screen, but good light is needed on your keyboard. Most irritating trying to type when you can’t see your keyboard, but you are shocked at the garble that appears on you screen, which is clearly visible.
* Plugs – lots, lots and lots more.
* Shelves – keep them near. Although it is claimed that we live in a paperless society, there still seems to be so many pieces of paper that needs to be kept? And if you are one of those very lucky people that do not keep any paper copies you probably have lots of memory sticks or CD’s that needs to be shelved.
* Drawers – Do not be stingy with them. Punches, staples, pens, pencils, printer paper all ideal to store in drawers.
* Ergonomics – Type of chair. Enough space on desk to rest your elbow while moving the mouse. Correct height of screen to ensure good posture.
* Decor – Whatever makes you comfortable and relaxed. Colours, art, family photo’s, ornaments… Bring in textures with carpets and window coverings.