How to create the perfect workspace at home
With the majority of employees across the UK now working safely from home, and with the extended coronavirus lockdown now in place, it’s the perfect time to ensure you’ve created a workstation which allows you to be productive, but most importantly, comfortable.
Working from home is likely to continue to be the norm for thousands of people, and although working from your bed, or on the sofa, is okay for short periods of time, they aren’t the best options.
When space is limited and you don’t have a home office it can be quite difficult to find the right spot, but don’t worry, the Venture team are here to offer some top tips and ideas!
The most popular option – the dining room table
For many this will be an area which is available most of the time during the working day. It’s an ideal spot, away from the garden where your children might be playing and not too far away from the kitchen for that all-important tea break and biscuit!
Spare room or a box room
This area is often full of boxes and this is a great opportunity to get organised and have a clear out. It could be the best workspace option if you prefer to be in your own office and away from the hustle and bustle of the household. It’s also perfect for shutting the door at the end of the working day, and not tempting you back in for ‘one more email’.
Have you considered the conservatory? This room is full of natural light, perfect for making you feel energised and motivated. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without dealing with the elements.
If you’re lucky enough to have agarden, why don’t you make the most of the Spring weather and workal fresco? Wipe down your furniture and set up outside, not only will you be able to top up your vitamin D intake, but you’ll also be able to keep a close eye on your children while they play outside.
A corner of the living room or bedroom
Space truly is a luxury and if you’re struggling to find any simply locate a spare corner and invest in a standing desk, or you could even set up your laptop on top of a set of draws or a cupboard.
Have you also considered folding furniture, something that’s light, flexible and you can set up and pack away every day? This could be the ideal solution for compact spaces.
What else do I need to consider?
It’s important to take care of your body while in your new working environment. What will you need to ensure you are making your workstation as comfortable as possible? You may need the following:
Make sure that your workspace has plenty of leg room and that there isn’t a glare or reflection on your screen. You should also consider your posture in your workstation. Without your usual office chair, you may find yourself hunched over your workspace and may suffer back ache. Remember the top of your screen should be in-line with your eyebrow, which will stop you from having neck pain.
Have a go at testing different chairs you have in your home, some may be more comfortable than others – don’t forget to use some cushions if needed too.
Desk calendars, wall planners, pen pots and folders will help you to keep on top things and introduce more of an office-like feel to your workstation, which may help boost activity and will ensure you have everything you need within arm’s reach.
It’s important not to forget to switch-off at the end of the working day and make time to relax, which can be quite difficult if your workspace is in the kitchen, living room or bedroom. Try packing away your workstation each evening, this will help you to get your living areas back and will provide you with that essential space for you and your family to enjoy your night together.
We hope these top tips help you during these difficult times. If you have some working from home advice you want to share, tweet us @ventureprop.