If you’re about to start working from home, you might be feeling pretty pleased with yourself. You can kiss goodbye to your morning and evening commutes and, all being well, you might be able to enjoy a better work-life balance. Happy days!
Of course, life’s not usually that simple though. Like lots of remote workers, you might not be sure where exactly to set up your new home office. To help you decide, here’s a compiled list of ideas.
Harmony at home
First and foremost, think about your family. It’s important that whichever solution you decide upon, it fits in with their needs. For example, your kids might want to use a computer in your office from time to time. If this is the case, there’s no point in setting up shop in a corner of your bedroom.
Also, it pays off to select a space away from the main hub of the home. During the school holidays you can’t expect your tots to be silent while you hammer away on your computer keyboard. This would be a recipe for family feuds!
Let’s face it, real estate doesn’t come cheap these days. While you might dream about winning the lottery and moving to a mansion, the reality of your life at home may be somewhat different. Don’t panic though, even if it seems as though every inch of your property is taken up, there are sneaky ways of creating extra square footage. Shelves high up on the wall above, creating extra storage for files, books and more. Check Betta Living online range for inspirational ideas.
Nooks and crannies
On a related note, you could convert any unused spaces. For example, perhaps the area under your stairs is currently just a dumping ground for miscellaneous household items. By clearing it, you can create an instant (if somewhat bijou) working area.
Alternatively, maybe you have a space on your landing that could be used. As long as you can fit a small desk and a chair there without blocking access to your staircase, this is a great place to base yourself. Just make sure you don’t roll backwards on your chair otherwise you might find yourself in A&E!
Screens can come in handy
If you decide to establish your office in the corner of a larger room, it might be wise to invest in a screen. These items can give you some privacy and help you concentrate, and when you’re not working, you can fold it away. Simple.
Making the most of a spare bedroom
Converting your spare bedroom into an out-and-out office might not be an option. After all, where would all your visitors stay? However, it’s sometimes possible to convert these areas into double-use rooms. By downsizing your bed, you’ll give yourself extra space and could potentially squeeze a desk, chair and some additional storage in there. Sofa beds can be ideal in these situations. They give you added flexibility.
Get close to nature
If you have the outdoor space and your budget will permit it, arguably the best form of home office is one that is actually not in your home at all. Garden offices are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s not hard to see why. We’re not talking draughty old sheds here, we’re talking plush, modern, energy-efficient spaces that look and feel great.
As well as meaning you don’t take up any room in your property, these solutions allow you to separate your work and home lives more easily.