How to Set Up the Perfect Work-From-Outdoors Space (Because WFO Is the New WFH)
After more than a year of pandemic lockdowns and making home the center of our worlds, homeowners are continuing to embrace their outdoor spaces. You may have already upgraded your backyard patio, set up outdoor furniture on your front porch, or even designed an outdoor kitchen. Now, get ready for the next wave: a new trend of "working from outdoors," or #WFO, if you will.
Moving your work-from-home space outside can be a fresh way to help you feel excited about your 9-to-5 again, helping to break up the monotony of working from home and even brighten your mood. After all, how can the sound of birds in the trees, the sight of blooming flowers, and the scent of freshly cut grass not put you in a better mindset?
"Whether it's the rustling of the leaves in the wind or the calm after a rainstorm, I find that being outside offers a feeling of zen that's helpful when getting into a creative zone," shares Los Angeles–based interior designer Kelly Martin. In fact, studies show taking breaks to look at nature can boost your concentration and bolster your creativity. Yet working outside isn't without its challenges—temperature, sunlight, and electricity, are the first few that come to mind. So read on to see experts' top recommendations for setting up your ideal WFO space this spring and summer.