We are in unprecedented territory; more people are working from home than ever before, and for some of us this may be the case for quite some time, possibly permanently. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your home workspace more productive and comfortable.
The advice most given by our audience when asked what makes working from home work for them was having a dedicated workspace – one that you could put away or walk away from at the end of the day. For some people, working in a bedroom or living room blurs the line between home and work and causes unneeded stress. Having a room to walk away from, a desk area to clear, or even cabinet that you can place work items in and close, makes moving from work to home and back an activity, similar to a commute, which helps our brains separate the two.
The example below is a basement office we recently renovated. With this setup, you could close the door at the end of the day and your walk back upstairs becomes your commute home. Also, notice how the hutch and credenza are “floating”, if you need help installing this type of furniture in your own home, that is something we can help you with.
If you don’t have a whole room to spare for an office, adding built-ins in another room could work as well. The example below shows a built-in desk and bench in the corner of an open living space. The drawers and bench allow office clutter: papers, notebooks, even equipment like printers, to be hidden away when not in use, making the workspace practically disappear at the end of the day. If you need even more separation, cabinets can be incorporated to hide the monitor, so once they are closed you don’t see any office equipment at all.
If you like working from your couch or dining room table, but could use a place to stash your laptop, think about more traditional built-ins. The example below shows a mix of open shelves for books, baskets, and décor and cabinets that could hide that office and cord clutter. Add a power strip into one of the cabinets and your devices could charge after work, your printer could be shut away after hours, and everyone can enjoy dinner at the table without tripping over those errant cords.
Some types of work require additional considerations, like soundproofing walls, other spaces may require moving or adding outlets and/or lighting, toning down a bright wall color or energizing the space with a new, bolder shade, we can help with those projects as well.
Here are some other things that will make your work from home space work better:
- A comfortable chair
- Plants and/or pets
- Items that make you happy – artwork, photos, a rug to make the space cozy
- If your space is small or doesn’t have much natural light, hang mirrors to make it appear bigger and brighter
Working from home can be great in the right space, let us help you make your workspace work for you. Contact us to schedule a free, in-person estimate – call 888-724-6810 or complete our online contact form at https://beautifulhomeservices.com/contact/.