The way we live our lives has changed drastically over the past year. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are into situations where they have to work from home. Working from home is not a new trend anymore. Whether you’re working from a corner of your bedroom or in a separate study, no matter how big or small a change you make, adjusting your workspace can do wonders for your productivity and motivation.
Our home office ideas are here to help you with your working from home set up. The trick is to balance decor-colour schemes, soft furnishings and wall art and practical additions like storage and office furniture, just right. And whether you’re looking to create a calm and contemporary space or a more traditional office look, you’re sure to be inspired by our roundup of office ideas.
Here’s how to select furniture that will be comfortable for you, no matter how big or small your budget.
CREATE A MULTI-PURPOSE HOME OFFICE
If your home is slightly on the small side, having a purely dedicated working space from home may seem like an impossible dream. But with the right furniture in place, your dream is possible. Also, because you don’t have an extra room to turn into a home office doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a small desk and some essential home office storage into your bedroom or living room.
CHOOSE YOUR HOME OFFICE CHAIR
Chairs are the most crucial part of an efficient home office. As you’ll spend hours sitting on it a day, comfort and ergonomics are critical for keeping you focused on your task and your body healthy. Chair manufacturers have improved significantly, focusing on the adjustability and biomechanics of seating. This is seen through office chairs, making individuals’ lives better as they work on their computers the entire day, reducing the stress placed on their backs and spine.
OPT FOR FLEXIBLE FURNITURE
Want to work on the sofa as a temporary short-term solution?
That’s fine as long you ensure that you support your back well with cushions. This image above is an excellent low-investment option if you think your work-from-home situation is very temporary. It’s stable on your lap or an uneven surface thanks to the formable base. Alternatively, you can choose to use a multi-functional table. This affordable piece of furniture can go back to being a coffee table beside your sofa once you are done with work.
OPT FOR AN ALCOVE OFFICE IF YOU’RE SHORT ON SPACE
Alcoves are usually a pretty neglected space, putting them to work by creating a small home office. Even if you can’t squeeze in a full-sized office desk, you could install a wall-mounted work surface with shelves and cupboards fitted above for maximum storage opportunity.
A. CREATE A STYLISH WORK STATION WITH A LADDER DESK
Are you looking for a desk with a twist? This stylish and contemporary Ladder Desk strays from traditional designs as it features a unique ladder construction. Beautifully crafted with a Sonoma oak veneer finish, the sophisticated design will provide the perfect platform for you to work or study from home. The desk offers a cubby hole for housing paperwork and stationery, whilst its shelf is ideal for storing books, folders and more. Also, there is ample deck space for your laptop or work papers, ensuring this unit combines both style and practicality.
B MULTI-PURPOSE BOOKSHELF
A bookshelf serving as a study is a brilliant way to manage space in your living room or bedroom.
This little nook barely takes up any space, perfect for a small room, features storage for books, files and feels like a private space in an open-plan room. Subtle and chic – one of our favourite design combinations.