MAR 07 2022
Take a 'Workcation' this Spring
Let’s face it, working from home is the new corner office. So why not take it a step further? Imagine a perfect outdoor office where you can stay in tune with nature and enjoy a perfect workcation.
Let’s face it, working from home is the new corner office. So why not take it a step further? Imagine a perfect outdoor office where you can stay in tune with nature and enjoy a perfect workcation. Whether you’re in a mild climate year-round or have warm weather just a few months a year, working outside can shake things up, and—because you’re likely to see things from a different perspective—may even be beneficial to your work.
When creating your outdoor office, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Just as you would inside, find a comfortable spot where you can separate yourself from the other goings-on in your yard;
- You’ll want shade (especially if you’re working on a computer), access to electricity, a place for your cup of coffee or glass of lemonade, and perhaps a surface to use as a desk; and
- You’ll want weatherproof furniture so that your set-up will stand up to rain, wind, and other inclement conditions.
Marking the Space
Begin by selecting the perfect spot in your yard or patio. A classic Pergola can outline your office space and provide natural shade to reduce glare. Highwood’s do-it-yourself Pergola kits are ready to assemble and made of our durable, weatherproof material that looks just like real wood. Choose our Bodhi, or maybe the Sequoia Professional Ridgecrest. Both are available in sizes from 8’ x 8’ up to 12’ x 12’, and come in your choice of three colors.
If you don’t use a Pergola, you can easily “mark” your space with furniture, or use plants with tall stems to create an outdoor privacy screen and additional shade. The more vegetation, the better, in fact—it will boost your mood and let you hear your coworkers’ reactions when your greenery is visible during video calls!
Choose Your Position
Next, determine what you need to be comfortable while you work. Are you a true laptop user that likes your computer actually on your lap while you’ve settled into a reclining chair? Or are you a desk person, with materials spread around your workspace?
If you’re the former, imagine yourself stretched out on a King Hamilton Folding and Reclining Adirondack Chair and Ottoman, available in multiple colors. This weatherproof Adirondack-style chair, made from 100% recycled plastic has the look of wood and a wide enough arm to hold your coffee cup. Place a Folding Adirondack Side Table next to your chair for necessities such as phone, sunglasses, or work material; and don’t forget to add a Water Resistant Outdoor Cushion, which comes in a variety of colors...
If you’re a desk-worker, then the weatherproof Round 48" Dining Table - Counter Height does double duty as a desk, with the advantage of an umbrella hole in case you need more shade. Pair the table with a traditional Lehigh or modern Weatherly armchair. These sturdy chairs will place you at just the right working height and come in multiple colors. Get two or more and you’re ready for in-person meetings if a co-worker or client comes by.
Here, too cushions can make a big difference, especially if you’re sitting all day. Highwood’s Dining Chair Water Resistant Cushion is just the thing to keep you cozy and comfortable. The dining chair cushions come in your choice of colors to give your outdoor office a stylish touch.
Your Best Work Forward
Be sure to have insect repellant handy, especially if you work into the evening when mosquitoes tend to come out, and keep a supply of sunscreen available for the daytime in case you get engrossed in what you’re doing and lose track of the sun. It might also be good to get a sun-blocking hat.
Now you’re ready! You have a comfortable set-up and weatherproof furniture that is easily dried off after a “rain break” and will keep your office looking great season after season.
Now get to work!
Do you have an outdoor office? We want to hear about it in the comments below!