There are over 34 million people who work from home, yet the quality and features vary greatly. Some people have all the right tech, but not the right ergonomics. Others have great design, but might be lacking in storage space. Trying to checkmark off all five rules for efficiency in a workspace can be tough (privacy, proper lighting, ergonomics, storage, and optimal layout), but the infographic below might help you tweak your home office just closer to "ultimate" with just a few changes...
Home office statistics
About 34 million people work from home.
In 2011, 179 million monitors sold worldwide and only 130 million desktop computers. 30-40% of NEC Display's corporate customers now use more than one monitor, up from 1% four years ago. The average size of monitors sold today is 21". Five years ago, it was only 18".
Who works from home?
Top five office chairs:
- Men: 22.9%
- Women: 24.5%
- Full-time: 23.1%
- Part-time: 25.8%
- One job: 21.8%
- Multiple jobs: 38.9%
- Wage/salary: 19%
- Self employed: 64.2%
- No high school diploma: 16.6%
- High school diploma: 16.6%
- Some college of associate degree: 22.8%
- Bachelor degree or higher: 36.1%
Most productive colors:
- $1,200: Herman Miller, Executive Aeron Chair
- $600: Zuo Director Office Chair
- $1,600: Global High Back Executive
- $475: High Back Leather Executive Chair
- $200: Ergo Value Mesh Mid-Back Task Chair
Least productive colors:
- Orange: Encourages excitement, enthusiasm and high energy
- Red: Known to increase energy in a room because it can raise blood pressure and speed up your heart rate. It also stirs up excitement and is a stimulant for conversation and collaboration
- Pale Blue: Helps to stay focused and productive throughout a typical workday
- Brown: A comfortable color that evokes feelings of security, credibility and reassurance
Infographic: Serenity Living Stores
- Yellow: frustrating color to work in, can be hectic and bad for people with deadlines
- Purple: tendency to stir up romantic feelings
- Bright green, bright red, bright pink, turquoise: All of these colors have been found to be very difficult to concentrate in. Distracting and overwhelming.