To say that Covid-19 turned our lives upside down would be an understatement. The Coronavirus pandemic forced many companies to switch to remote working, which too came with its pitfalls. We all hoped this migration would be temporary, and we would be back in our offices soon, but it looks like the culture of work from home is here to stay.
Some of the biggest obstacles in working from home are optimising the existing space, creating some boundaries and finding a balance between your work life and your private life. If you live with a family—say, your partner and kids—it becomes even more difficult to carve out some space for yourself where you would be uninterrupted and undisturbed during work hours.
Setting up a home office does not have to be a lengthy and expensive process. You might not have access to all the fancy furniture you had at work, but that does not mean you cannot create a home office for yourself. You do not need big and bulky desks that take up too much space. With the right kind of home office furniture, you will be able to set up your dream workspace at home. Here are three simple tips that will help you set up a home office even in the smallest space. And, you won’t have to compromise on style either!
Have a dedicated home office space
You might have started out by working on your bed or at the dining table in your living room, but now that work from home is the new normal, setting up a dedicated home office should be your priority. Save yourself the hassle by getting the required furniture to create your own mini home office in a quiet and well-lit area of your house. Whether it is in your bedroom or your living room, make sure you have the bare essentials of a home office, like a table and chair. It is best located by a window so you can get some fresh air.
Utilize vertical spaces
If you do not have an area that is wide enough to put up an L-shaped desk, look for desks that are aligned for vertical storage. When your floor space is limited, shelves above your desk are a great way to hold all your office necessities like files and folders, stationeries, cables and chargers, and more. If nailing a shelf to the wall is not something you want to commit to just yet, look for standalone and freestanding desks that include vertical shelves. You can lean this desk against the wall and use the space underneath the desk to store more supplies. Some vertical desks are also adjustable, allowing you to work in both seated and standing positions.
Floating desks are your friends
If space is tight and you do not have the luxury of installing an entire desk in your home office, do not worry; floating desks are perfect additions in even the tiniest and tightest of spaces. No matter how cramped your living space is, a floating desk makes it easy to create a space for yourself without adding bulky furniture. Some floating desks also have shelves that are hidden when the desk is folded back up. Floating desks and shelves are not only amazing space-savers but are also very cost-effective. So if you are on a budget, check out adjustable floating desks or shelves to work from home.
When working from home, distractions and interruptions might already be at their peak, so the last thing you need is a workstation that has too much going on. If you like working in a clean, uncluttered space, look for a compact study table with minimal storage. Tables with closed storage and drawers work best in such cases since they keep the mess out of your sight. All your extra notebooks, devices, files, etc. will be stored out of sight but remain easily accessible. If you are somebody who works with very little additional accessories—just you and your laptop—a simple, sleek study table is all you need to set up your home office.
Regardless of your living situation, with the right furniture and home décor pieces, you can personalise any space and make it your own. If this is your first time working from home and you are not sure where to begin, book a free online consultation with the design experts at HomeLane to create the home office of your dreams. From space-saving minimalistic work desks and chairs to full-fledged workstation units, the home office furniture at HomeLane will make working from home a hassle-free and pleasant experience.