Many of us are already working from home whether full time or part time but with the current government advice to stay at home it has become a reality for many more. In this blog I will focus on setting up a workspace for those who don’t already have own at home although hopefully there will be some ideas that will appeal to those who already have a home office.
The first thing to do is decide where in the home you are going to work. Ideally you want a separate space where you can be private in. This may be difficult particularly if there are children around. If you have a spare bedroom or perhaps a conservatory these are ideal. If you don’t have a separate room then is there a corner or unused space that you can adapt. If you can’t separate yourself are there specific times when you can have exclusive use of the room?
So, having found somewhere to use as your work space what do you need if you are creating a home working space for the first time? A desk and a chair. A desk doesn’t have to be a traditional desk it can be an simple table or even a couple of cupboards or crates with some sort of work surface on top as long as it is stable. It needs to be big enough for your computer/ laptop plus a bit of space for papers etc. If you are choosing a desk then go for one with a drawer of some sort for your pens and other stationery, I’ll come on to storage in a bit. A chair needs to be comfortable and to support your back. An office chair that can be adjusted for height and back support is ideal but not essential. You can use a cushion to support your back or buy a support that fits to the chair.
If you are working from home you probably need some sort of storage, even if it is just for stationery or paper or files. If you are already working from home or it is likely to become more regular then you may require some more formal storage. If you have paper files with confidential information you need to comply with GDPR so may need lockable filing cabinets or lockable cupboard. Otherwise storage can comprise shelving and storage boxes, baskets or a trunk or ottoman if you are working in a living area. Storage is an easy and fun way to add interest to a home office or work area. In an open plan space you may wish to conceal your work station in which case a bureau style cabinet is a good idea or convert a wardrobe or cupboard. Alternatively, delineate your work area using paint or a rug.
This is the really fun part. Your work area needs to be somewhere that gives you pleasure and which you can be proud of. Include a desk tidy to keep pens and pencils neat, buy yourself some new stationery and don’t forget greenery. If your desk is small then fix a shelf above it or even fit a macrame plant pot hanger to the ceiling – very on trend.
If you would like help creating a home office or work area call me on 07745 876182 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I cover the Wirral, Cheshire and the North West. Visit the website to learn more about my single room redesign service . I’d love to help