Compact Home Office Ideas – How to create a stylish and practical home office without a spare room
There’s no doubt that hybrid working is here to stay. With many of us...
More and more of us are working from home, and as we try to juggle homeschooling, household chores and the new norm of video calls there’s never been a better time to consider a dedicated home office space. Whether that’s an area in your lounge, an empty spare room or awkward space under the stairs. With a clearly defined home office, your working world need never encroach on your leisure or family space.
Almost every house has an opportunity for a home office. Even if you can’t spare an entire room, there could be an untapped space that’s perfect for setting-up everything you need to work comfortably. Here are our top 10 tips to help keep you positive and productive when working from home:
Modern Home Office
The kettle may be on hand while you’re working at the kitchen table, but this space isn’t a practical work environment. As a high traffic area, you’ll be distracted by other family members if you don’t live alone and even if you do, you’ll find it hard to switch off when you use the space for cooking and relaxing. Creating a dedicated workspace in an unused nook or even utilising the space under the stairs will make you more productive.
Inspired Understairs Study
You might be working from home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t personalise your space. Shelving allows you to display pieces of art, professional awards or family photos. If you have a hobby or interest, weave aspects of what you love into your office design. While you’ll create a space to suit the needs of your job, leave a little room for your personality to shine.
You’ll feel more energised in a well-lit, airy space. Even if you’re converting an alcove or moving furniture to create a separate work zone, consider your lighting or choose an area with plenty of natural light and fresh air. Install light window coverings or invest in ceiling dimmers and desk lamps.
Dual Office Space
Working from home means we’re spending most of our days sitting, hunched over our desks, occasionally making our way to the kitchen for a cup of tea or the lounge to check in with family. Switching from a conventional desk to a standing desk can be a great way to improve posture and keep you moving throughout the day. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stand all day, try altering the height of your workspace depending on how to feel to promote productivity and ease aches.
Working from home probably adds around two hours to your day simply by avoiding the commute to the office. You can use this time to be active; take an online exercise class, practice yoga or walk the dog locally. Doing something active is a healthier way to start the day, wake up your mind and improve wellbeing.
Mark your territory. Make sure you keep your professional papers and working documents in their own space – there’s no point getting your day-to-day notes mixed up with your domestic bills or the kids’ homework. Well-designed storage, whether it’s bespoke desk space or dedicated shelving, will help you to organise your work efficiently.
A welcoming workspace will put you in a positive frame of mind. If you are working in a defined zone that’s visible from other rooms, a great tip is to style and paint it in a colour that complements adjacent areas but gives it a point of difference so that you can separate your workspace.
Health and safety still count when working from home, so think about your cables and technology management. Well-designed, bespoke office furniture considers practical aspects such as the position and number of sockets, where your computer screen will sit to reduce glare, and all those trailing wires and cables. If you don’t have a dedicated space organising headphone wires, chargers and other office cables ensure they’re out of reach from young family members and helps you stay a little more zen when you have a million things to do.
If you have the room, converting an empty loft space, an area in your garage or the box room makes sense. You can close the door on the rest of your life while you get on with making a living. It certainly beats trying to work from a laptop on your knee in the lounge or from the kitchen table.
Bright and Spacious Study
Once your home office is up and running, you need the self-discipline and motivation to use it. An excellent way to get into work mode at home is to wear your work clothes and to give yourself a daily work schedule.
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