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Outdoor Workspace Ideas You Can Implement for a Better Work-From-Home Experience

The typical work day may leave you locked inside, immersed in the glow of computer screens and artificial lighting. However, with the growing prevalence of work-from-home arrangements, there's a newfound opportunity to incorporate outdoor workspaces into your daily routine.


Working in an outdoor office poses multiple benefits to our well-being and productivity. According to research, spending more time outdoors has a demonstrated de-stressing effect, making you feel more motivated throughout the workday. It also enhances one's ability to focus, meaning that you would commit fewer mistakes and submit outputs of higher quality.


Ready to get started?  Let’s explore various outdoor workspace ideas to transform your regular backyard or patio into a conducive work environment.


1. Choose Comfortable Outdoor Furniture


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How do you set up an outdoor workstation? The first step is to ensure you have comfortable and functional furniture. Start with a patio umbrella that provides excellent shade. These umbrellas serve as a cornerstone for creating a protected workspace against harsh weather conditions.


When selecting a patio umbrella for your outdoor office, consider factors such as construction and style. Cantilever Umbrellas, renowned for their versatile and adjustable designs, are particularly suitable for outdoor offices because they provide customizable shade and coverage. Pair your umbrella with the Autograph Chair or a comfortable Mainstay Adirondack as your outdoor office chair. Or, step into the water and make the Signature Chaise and the Signature Side Table your outdoor office ensemble, ensuring comfort and functionality while you work outside.


2. Don't Forget Sun Protection


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Working outdoors offers the advantage of fresh air and natural surroundings, but it also exposes you to harsh elements. A patio umbrella may not be enough. Beyond the discomfort of hot weather, your sensitive eyes and skin are exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun, increasing your chances of developing complications such as cataracts or melanoma.


That makes additional sun protective gear a critical investment when creating an outdoor office. Start with a pair of eyeglasses with light-intelligent lenses. The Advanced Light Protection technology of Ray-Ban offers 100% UVA/UVB protection regardless of your chosen style, whether it's the classic Wayfarer or the new Alain. Its transitions feature also adapts to changing light conditions, transitioning conveniently from indoor to outdoor settings and even under your patio umbrella.


Plus, consider putting on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. The Mineral Superblend™ technology of Minu contains plant extracts, vitamins, and peptides, ensuring a safe daily sunscreen that can be used on both the face and body. You can guarantee a comfortable and safe outdoor working experience by carefully choosing your sun gear.


3. Remember Bug Protection


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With the right gear, you can avoid the annoying buzzing and health risks of mosquitos. Thermacell E90 is a great option for keeping mosquitoes at bay on your patio. This rechargeable mosquito repellent device can be placed on your Mainstay Dining Table or Mainstay Bar Credenza, offering odorless protection for up to nine hours and covering a bedroom-size area effectively. This may be a better alternative to bug-repellent lotion, which tends to have harsh formulas and clash directly with your sunscreen application.


4. Invest In An Efficient Sound System


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Research suggests that music has numerous benefits for productivity, including improved focus and mood enhancement. This makes an efficient sound system one of the best accessories for an outdoor office.


When selecting speakers for your outdoor workspace, consider various factors such as material, sound quality, and portability. Take a look at Victrola's Music Edition 1 and the Music Edition 2 as examples. These speakers have an IP67 waterproof rating and a lengthy battery life of about 12 hours, so you’re good to go ahead and bring them into your outdoor oasis. The Music Edition 2, in particular, is ideal for "small parties," so you can guarantee a working experience that's as engaging and festive outdoors.


5. Personalize Your Workspace


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Your ambiance is all set. All that's left is to make it your own. Give yourself the gift of a work-from-home outdoor setup that you love by adding in a few favorite items and accessories. Whether that means selecting the perfect throw pillows, getting the garden just right, or adding a few personal trinkets, the perfect end result comes down to the details.


Enjoy Your Outdoor Space Every Day


With these outdoor workspace ideas, your working days are elevated to a whole new level. We believe in making the most of every moment outside, no matter how you spend the time. Bring your dream backyard to life with high-quality furniture from Ledge and start soaking up the memories.


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About the Author


Regina Jaina is a freelance writer interested in lifestyle and housekeeping pieces. When she’s not researching and drafting her next piece, you can find Regina experimenting with cooking, baking, and decorating at home.

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