Working in Nature: Transforming Your Patio into an Outdoor Office

Whether you’re working from home full-time or part-time, having the right office environment is essential. You want to complete your tasks efficiently and with as minimal distractions as possible.

If you’re looking for a perfect place to work, why not consider your patio? Although commonly used for outdoor entertainment, patios can also be used for other functions, one of them being a home office.

Why Turn Your Patio into an Outdoor Office

Modern offices are being designed to improve employee productivity and well-being, and the same concepts apply to outdoor offices. According to health experts, spending too much time working indoors causes nature deficit disorder, which makes you vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

Being surrounded by nature has been proven by research to increase productivity and improve creativity. Spending time outside also improves memory, reduces stress and eliminates fatigue. Having an outdoor office also allows you to shift your mind from home mode to work mode, reducing your distractions from the rest of the house.

Design Considerations for Your Outdoor Office

Although the outdoors gives you the perfect work environment, you still want to make sure that the area is optimised for comfort and productivity. When designing your outdoor office, take note of the following:

  • Shade

Working outdoors allows you to enjoy natural light, but that doesn’t mean you will want to bake in the sun. Being under the sun makes it difficult to read the screen on your laptop or phone, and the heat can damage electronic devices. A patio umbrella is a straightforward solution to give you plenty of shade, but adding insulation to your patio roof gives you and your outdoor furniture long-term protection from the hot or cold weather.

  • Desks and Chairs

How much desk space do you need for work? If your work requires spreading out papers and devices, make sure there’s enough room on your desk. Consider a table that suits other functions, since you might also use the porch to have outdoor dinners or to entertain guests.

Office chairs aren’t designed to be on patios, so choose a patio chair that’s comfortable and provides enough back support for extended sitting. Choose a cushioned seat for additional comfort.

  • Lighting

There’s definitely plenty of sunlight when you work outdoors, but what happens when you continue working after the sun goes down? Install low-voltage LED lights to help you work on the patio even at night.

  • Power Source

Instead of having an extension cord run from inside your house to the patio, install an outlet in the patio area. Make sure it has a cover to protect it from the rain and heat.

  • Ventilation

Installing ceiling fans helps with comfort when outdoor temperatures rise. If you’re doing paperwork while the fans are on, be sure to have paperweights handy to prevent them from flying away.

Patios are suitable for a variety of home functions, including an outdoor office. When designing your patio for work, make sure the environment is optimised so you can get work done comfortably and efficiently.

Quality Patio Roofing Solutions from Just Patios

Since 2002, Just Patios has been designing and constructing comfortable outdoor living areas for clients in Queensland. From patios and glass enclosures to carports, we are dedicated to creating the outdoor office of your dreams and improving your quality of life.

We offer a diverse range of patio roofing systems that withstand Brisbane’s harsh weather conditions. Our insulated roof panels and polycarb roofing systems keep your outdoor space comfortable and protected from damage due to exposure to natural elements.

Request a free design quote and consultation here or call us on 1300 284 531 for enquiries.