Where should I set up my home workspace?
So, you’ve decided you’re going to be working from home, but where exactly in the house should you set up? Here, we help you to break down the house. (Figuratively speaking, of course.)
It can be tricky to figure out how you can make the most of the room you have in your house. Your options will obviously vary greatly, depending on your home, the amount of space you have to work with and your lifestyle. But with so much advice available on innovative decor and organisation and so many space-saving devices and furnishings on the market, the possibilities are endless.
Do you have a dedicated area in your home that suits your needs or do you need to reimagine a little-used corner or shift things around to carve out some space?
In a best-case scenario, you have a spare bedroom you can repurpose to live out your work-from-home dream. If you don’t, never fear. These days, home offices can take shape in nearly any room in the house: living-room corners, kitchen nooks, dining rooms, garages – even hallway alcoves and closets. You can also use furnishings such as bookcases and folding screens to separate your office and, say, the rest of the living room.
As you take stock of your options, try to picture yourself working in the space. After all, you’ll be spending a great deal of time there – you want it to be a place where you want to work.
There are a couple of other practical considerations to think about at this stage. Does your chosen spot have enough power points (or at least one, for a power board) to accommodate the various pieces of equipment you’ll need to plug in, such as computers, printers and phone chargers? Does the space have enough light? If not, will you be able to remedy that with lamps or other lighting options?
Once you’ve settled on a space, think about your work responsibilities and the items you’ll need to meet them. This, too, will in part dictate the size of the area you’ll need. Think furniture, equipment, storage, office supplies and any extras you might want. Then take some measurements of the space. It’s also a good idea to draw a basic plan of what you plan to put where. After that, it’s time to drill down further and [think about the exact items you’ll be needing].