Since 2020, working from home is now the new normal for many. Even my husband and I are a lot of the time in our own home office. Working from home, however, can have its challenges so it is important is having a nice and comfortable space to work in. Working from your kitchen table or the sofa is not ideal for many reasons. Posture and privacy are the two big issues. If you don’t have the extra room, a nice work nook will do the trick. Here you will read some tips on how to get a workspace that is suitable for you so keep on reading.
No Extra Room? No Worries
If you don’t have an extra room in your home for a home office, then how about a workspace nook in a living room, hallway, bedroom or dining room? First things first, evaluate what is more important to you. Would you prefer the side table that displays some nice flowers and family photos? Or a desk that you can sit and do real work in? Remember, the desk can look nice too. So a small sacrifice of other furnitures can be worth it. Once you worked out where it will go, measure the space it will go in. Remember to measure the width and depth.
Match It To The Style Of The Room
If you are worried that it won’t match your space, then follow these tips. Write down what elements you have in your space. Example: Lots of cream, wicker, plants, and light woods. If this is the case, then a light wood desk will work well. What if you have a lot of dark wood and metal? Then a rustic desk with metal legs will blend in perfectly. The same rule applies if you were to have white furniture. For an easy solution, you would look for a white desk. By following these simple rules, you can’t go wrong with your work nook looking out of place. But what if you saw the desk of your dreams and it did not match your furniture? To make this work, you can add a similar element that the desk has, to your room. Example. You found a Dark Blue desk but you have nothing blue in your room. By adding some dark blue curtains or a few scatter cushions, will help tie in the desk to match your space.
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Don’t Draw Too Much Attention To It
If your space is a little on the minimalistic side, then less is more. Take the eye away from the desk by keeping it small and neutral in colour. If you have a blank wall to use, then don’t use shelving, this can look messy. I personally suggest to my clients who have this style in their home, a large artwork that matches their other decor. This pulls the focus away from the desk and makes it pleasant to look at. Here you can see the artwork is taking the focus off the desk and matching with the other elements in the space.
Keep It Organised
Being organised in my book is No 1. As not only does this look nice, but also great for being super-efficient. Who doesn’t like to be in a nice spot when working, right? If you are like me, then I used to have issues with keeping organised. But there are tricks to keep it so. Other than wall shelving or a bookcase that can be out of hand’s reach if you are in your seat, add a pegboard. IKEA has a fantastic pegboard called the Skadis. My link goes to my IKEA site in Holland, but you can do a search at your local IKEA store for it. They come in different sizes and have different attachments. Another thing to add is desk boxes. I have at least one ‘Clutter Box’ on my desk. This holds all my small things like hair clips, hair ties, a rock I picked up on my walk, lip balm, and my iPhone Headset. Having these left out on my desk would look messy, but they are all in one place, hidden and looking neat.
The Right Chair Is Important
When I am working with clients for their office, I give ideas on the style of chairs but I always suggest sitting in it first. The chair you sit in is very important to your posture health. There is a lot on the internet that shows you what to look for, and this overrides the look of the chair. However, if you have the budget and time, then shop around. If you can’t, then make sure the chair you are buying from the internet is adjustable, so you can fit it to your height and size.
If you are like me, and also need a ‘Hands On’ workspace, then make sure you buy the appropriate desk size for it. Some desks are small and only have enough space for your laptop and nothing else. Figure out how much space you need first by working out what goes on the desk and what other space you need to work well. Did you need another monitor? How about space for a lamp? What about room for decorative items? First, work out what items you will have on your desk. This way you can make sure that the desk you purchase will be the right fit.