Finding the right space for your work-from-home office

The pandemic has immeasurably changed the way we live our lives, and this includes the way we work

With so many people forced to work from home for the foreseeable future, the need for an appropriate, cordoned-off space where we can concentrate and get a day’s work done is crucial.

Spare bedrooms that had previously become a dumping ground have been transformed into makeshift offices. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a spare bedroom in which to perform a day’s work.

Many people have to make do with working in their own bedroom or a section of their kitchen/ dining room. Like never before, we have been forced to rethink our home decor as our living quarters double up as a place of work. It may seem daunting at first, but with just a little imagination, any section of any room can be transformed into the ideal space to allow for working from home.

The spare room

If you are one of the lucky ones with a spare room, you won’t have to think too long and hard. The hardest part might just be clearing the room of everything you’ve been dumping into it for the past number of years. So remove that pile of clothes and give it to a charity shop.

Once the room is clear, finding an appropriate desk is easy as there is no shortage of options. Of greater importance is the chair you purchase. Don’t scrimp on this – your spine will thank you later. Invest in a chair that supports your lower and upper back. Treat yourself to one of those tall black leather ones seen in boardrooms.

Your bedroom

Okay, so the house is cramped enough as it is and the last thing you needed was to be faced with the prospect of rearranging home decor/working from home. If you have nowhere to go but your own bedroom, fear not – this is achievable.

It might cost more than those who have the luxury of a spare room, but with working-from-home fast becoming the new normal, any furniture you do buy can be seen as a long-term investment in your future. Performing an online search for ‘space-saving home office furniture UK’ will turn up a wide variety of smartlydesigned pieces that will help you make the most of your available space. Ladder desks also represent a great space-saving option.

The kitchen

Most kitchens are already equipped with a table for mealtimes. This can be treated as something of a ready-made office space. With the table in place and, presumably, an electricity point nearby, all you need is a good-quality supportive chair.

It is unlikely that the chairs currently in place in your kitchen are appropriate for working long days on your laptop. Another thing to bear in mind when working from the kitchen – make sure you put your laptop away at the end of the day, for the good of your mental well-being. Remember, you are working from home, not living at work.

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