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4 Home Office Ideas to Make Your Space WFH-Ready
Working-From-Home (WFH) has become the new norm for many, and it is expected to remain so in the near term. Moving forward, we can expect to see many employers making hybrid work arrangements permanent even when the COVID-19 situation improves.
WFH can seem like a dream come true for many, offering you endless flexibility which you have never felt before at work. On the flip side, you might find it difficult to concentrate, having to constantly fight off distractions (or the temptation to sneak to the kitchen for a snack). So… how do you create a space that encourages a productive environment to work in? We have compiled 4 home office ideas that caters to different needs and preferences.
1. Behind the Sofa
If your living room has an open floor plan with the seating area pushed off to one side, consider clearing the area behind your sofa for an office desk. To achieve a calmer and more unified look, choose one that matches the rest of your living room. Alternatively, go for a desk with a contrasting look if you would like to visually separate the spaces.
With this layout, it gives an unobstructed view of the living room, making it feel more spacious. This also makes a great layout choice if you need to keep an eye on your kids while typing away on your laptop.
Don’t have a separate room that you can dedicate just for work? Fret not, you are not alone. There are ways to set aside part of a room to create some private space so that you do not get disturbed during your next Zoom meeting with your boss.
Partitions can instantly make something out of nothing, transforming a room into multi-use spaces with separation and privacy. Sounds like magic? Not at all! All it needs is thorough space planning beforehand to ensure it integrates well into the rest of the layout.
With the right textures and colors, the partition makes the space look even more aesthetically pleasing. As an added bonus, it can even double up as a TV background wall! Talk about being multi-functional! This helps to create a lasting space for both your personal and professional needs while allowing an effortless transition between the two spaces.
Prefer to go for something simple? Consider placing your desk in a corner and position other furniture in a way that draws a clear distinction between the two zones. And if you are someone who gets distracted easily, have your desk face away from the entertainment center to beat the temptation of turning on your TV to catch the latest episode of your favorite Netflix show.
A light, bright and clutter-free office space makes the chore of working much more bearable. Natural light in office spaces is known to boost productivity and improve satisfaction so if you have a window in your living room, consider placing your desk there. Also, who doesn’t love natural lighting? Not me, definitely! Add some blinds for when it gets too sunny to avoid straining your eyes when looking at the computer screen.
4. Dining Area
If you are short of space, try to reimagine a part of your living room as a short-term, temporary office. Dining tables are one of the best bets and the most convenient to transform into a productive space for work.
A good WFH set up (that isn’t in a designated home office space) needs to be functional, comfortable, and most importantly, removable. Nobody wants to be surrounded by cables, electronics and all work-related when they are having their dinner at the end of the day. Build the habit of keeping all your work paraphernalia in a box or container which you can easily move to and from the table when you need it. This seemingly small and unremarkable act can help toggle between a workspace and a dining area in mere seconds.
You don’t necessarily need a huuuuuge space to have your dream home office. What’s most important is smart planning – the fundamental ingredient to transform any nook of your crib into a chic and functional workspace.