In the year 2020 it’s propertied that almost half of the working population will be working from home. I guess technology means we can work from almost anywhere, the discussing if that’s a good or bad thing could go on but I won’t bore you all with my views on that. Needless to say we all are guilty of checking our work emails at home from time to time.
Those who do work from home often find creating that work space can be a challenge. The UK has some of the smallest homes in Europe and space is often already tight. A designated work area is a must if your home is to be a haven away from the pressures of work, don’t let work dominate the space. Carving a little space from the family home has implications too, you may have to devote a part of the premium space in your home to the office and the overall look of your home can be impaired by this. We’ll show you a few clever ways to keep your home office functional, fun and most importantly on trend. Just a few little easy to accommodate touches and you’ll soon be ready to create some calm and order from the chaos of home working.
We’ll go into a little more detail later but firstly lets look at the desk area. Imagine the same desk and we’ll show you 10 lamps to style the desk for a different fresh on trend look. Creating a home study area is simple and relatively inexpensive. With the tiniest bit of space within your home you can create a great functional style statement. It’s really simple and relatively cheap to do. Some of these little masterpieces are attractive little additions to any room and add that style statement that may even inspire a totally new look for your room. We’d recommend some items from our select accessories ranges to dress the desks. We’d also suggest using things you find around your own home or preloved items from flea markets.
There’s one item on every desk that we consider a must, yes a lamp, you simply have to have a lamp. Why? I’m glad you asked. The contrast between a bright computer screen and the dark of the room around can cause strain on your eyes as they move between the two. The addition of a lamp helps balance that contrast and it’s allegedly good at preventing eye fatigue. To be honest I think it’s as much about creating a great looking desk, shallow aren’t I. Let’s face it, a little light on the desk is a welcoming sight and I need all the encouragement I can to get back to work. Even if you are a driven individual and you don’t need the motivation to get back to work that I do, lamps are pretty and add personality. If you’re at your desk a long time you’ll need a change of scenery from time to time too.
OK so we hopefully feel a little ore inspired by the desk so let’s talk position of the desk. Will it be in a corner of the lounge or the attic?
The type of home office can vary from one home to the next depending on the space you are able to spare, the work you do and of course your budget which also comes into play. You may wish to turnover more of your home for a working office, especially if your clients visit you at home. However if the office is for homework or a hobby desk you may be less likely to want this to dominate your living space. If space is tight look at which parts of your home are currently underused. The spare bedroom, attic and under the stairs are great but remember to look outside too. If the garage or shed could be converted this may be an option. If you have a larger budget you could perhaps build a room in the garden, it’s a really great use of space and it looks great when you have clients visit. Keep it light, airy and make sure you have heating or you’ll never venture down to the garden in the winter.
There is something very clever about making a small neglected space work smarter. I especially like these boxed in spaces. It’s a great compromise when options are limited.
It’s a great idea to have your study area in your living space particularly if you have children who will also be using the computer. It’s especially important for children using the computer to be with the family, so the computer in the room with the parents is by far the safest way. You could of course sit with the laptop perched on your knee, but for youngsters it’s better to be able to keep a watchful eye on the screen as they work, and for that sitting at a desk is the ideal.
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