April 20, 2020
As working from home is becoming more popular, folks are figuring out it isn’t necessary to dedicate an entire room for a home office, especially those who live in apartment home settings. In fact, there are plenty of ways to use your existing space and furniture to create a more efficient, multi-functional room. Here are some tips and ideas on how to create the perfect space, regardless of the amount of square footage of your home.
IDENTIFY YOUR WORKING HABITS
Think about how you work best; do you prefer a change in scenery from day-to-day or are you used to working in one, remote spot? If you have the options and the ability to move your working area on a frequent basis, you may not need to go to the extent of re-arranging a room. However, putting the effort into creating a designated working area may be worth it if you’re a more stationary creature.
PAY ATTENTION TO NOISE LEVELS
If working from home is new for you, it may be a good idea to pay attention to the noise levels of the different rooms throughout the day. Noisy neighbors, rooms with windows and doors facing busy streets, and other distractions may determine whether an area would produce a favorable working space.
SCOPE OUT OUTLETS
The location of outlets and/or USB ports may determine which specific areas you can choose from. Be sure to check where outlets are and if any necessary cords are long enough before making the effort to re-work the space.
RE-THINK EXISTING FURNITURE
Especially if you will just be working from home for a short period of time, use existing end tables, TV trays, arm chairs, etc. to create a desk versus buying a new one. If your current furniture isn’t designed for doubling as a desk / desk chair, take this into consideration when purchasing new. Find multi-functional furniture that is both comfortable and supportive, so you can use it throughout the day whether you are working or relaxing.
UTILIZE UNUSED SPACE
Simply rearranging a few pieces of furniture can open enough space to fit a desk or table. Even just moving furniture closer to the wall can give you enough extra space to work with.
It may take a few attempts to find the best space for your needs. Try out a new space if you find that you aren’t comfortable or aren’t being as productive as you should be. The tips and ideas above aren’t meant to be permanent so if your working from home situation changes or if you simply change your mind, moving your working area should be no big deal.