How to Work with a Small Home Office Space
Living rooms have become meeting rooms and dining tables are the new hot desks - whether you have shifted to a new work from home model or intermitedly answer emails from your laptop, invest in a space that will harness your efficiency and promote productivity.
If you're hesitant to invest in a full home office because you only have a small space to work with, consider these useful tips and tricks that not only maximise the functionality of key furniture pieces but also your space. Desks that perfectly match your mid-century modern style, dining chairs that double as office chairs, table lamps that don't only look great but boost your focus are a few of the ways you can invest in furniture pieces that will be utilised outside your home office.
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Whether you’ve got an office space like a C-level executive or you’re working in your hallway, the key to creating a good office is to keep it simple, especially when you're working in small spaces.
It’s tempting to base your small office design on your Pinterest board. While you can do that successfully, keep a few things in mind before you kit out your space with the grandness of a penthouse suite.
1. Be realistic about your furniture. You don’t just need furniture to fit the size of your space – you also need it to be comfortable.
2. Maximise quiet spaces that have little foot traffic. Working near a kitchen or alongside other housemates can cause frustration when you have little privacy, space, or struggle to hear your own meeting.
3. Use functional storage.
Brosa has a range of stylish and functional storage solutions, such as ladder shelves, beautiful wood bookcases and desks with deep drawers and extra shelves. Remember, the smaller the space the more important inbuilt storage is - look for extra ways you can harness these storage ideas within your home office.
Change your Living Room Layout
The Living Room is not the most ideal location for a home office, but is more suitable when you're the only one at home during the day. As the living room is typically the largest room in the house it has greater capacity to fit a dedicated working space. Switching up the arrangement can help you nestle a working desk with little to no effort, especially if you choose a style of desk that coordinates with your current furniture style.
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Not only beneficial from a space point of view, utilising a standing desk during your work day has proven health benefits. Look outside the box when trying to determine the location of your standing desk - you probably already have an ideal furniture piece that you can utilise, so look around the house for furniture pieces such as a tall island bench, console table or chest of drawers. Slot a bar stool next to it and see if you can comfortably work beside it, this will then give you the option to interchange your work style throughout the day.
Go for Ergonomics
The size of your office isn’t what will hold you back – it’s the comfort factor. When working from home you want to ensure you have the same creature comforts as you would in your office; this will allow you to focus for longer periods of time without feeling restless and uncomfortable. The key to this success is creating an ergonomic home office, by following these 4 easy steps;
- Adjusting your chair to the height of your desk
- Adjusting your mouse & keyboard according to your arm length
- Adjusting your monitor to the right heigh
- Taking breaks (yay!)
Your office chair needs to have:
- A comfy cushion
- Adjustable seat and back rest heights
- Arm rests
- Lumbar support
- Swivel and rolling features
Your desk needs to be set up in the following way:
- Your mouse and keyboard should be placed closed together directly in front of your body to avoid overreaching.
- Your monitor should be set at a height where your eye level is 2-3 inches from the top of the monitor.
Ergonomic set-ups will help you get through the workday. But you’ll need to complement it with good work habits. Take regular breaks and avoid sitting at your computer during lunch, this will also ensure that you seperate your work and home lives, which becomes blurry when you're literally working from your bedroom.
Prioritise Natural LightThink about your top three locations for your home office. How many of them are up against a wall in a dark corner of a room?
All three of them? That’s not a surprise. People who move from an office to a home office find themselves battling against old reflexes to recreate their cubicle.
Instead, choose a space or move your office to a wall or room with plenty of natural light.
Not only does natural light help make space feel bigger, but it’s also easier on your eyes. Plus, natural sunlight makes us feel happier, and isn’t that why we work at home in the first place?
Set Boundaries with Your Roommates or Family
You can organise your small space within an inch of its life, but if you can’t stop your flatmates or family members from interrupting your midday meetings, you will never get your work done.
Can you create a physical boundary? Integrating your home office into a nook of your bedroom is the best solution for homes that lack a study. The bedroom is likely to be the quietest part of the house in any time of the day, stepping away from living room and dining noise.