Now that we’re mostly staying home, many of us are faced with how to both work and live (play?) in limited spaces. If you don’t already have a home office, now is the time to repurpose or create a space where you can work comfortably. Today we’ve pulled together some of our best suggestions on how to create an efficient, beautiful home office that you won’t mind spending your working hours in!
1. Find a space you can make your own. Whether it’s your own dedicated room, or a corner of another space, set up a dedicated work space. You’ll need a table and a chair, some electricity and at the very least, a few storage options. If you’re really pressed for space, it could even be a closet! We love the tutorial from Houseful of Handmade (left) and this home office in a closet from Tidy Little Tribe (right).
2. Add inspiration. Words have power and meaning, and keeping inspirational words in front of you can help you start each day in the right mindset. If you’re looking for inspiration we found ours here. Or print up your favourite sayings, add a frame, and keep them where you can see them!
3. Liven it up. Adding plants to your workspace have proven benefits! A UK study found bringing plants into the workplace increased productivity by 15%. Meanwhile, a US study found 10% of employee sick days could be explained by a lack of nature and natural light in the office. Why not go green? If you’re not always green-thumbed, we liked this brief article on what plants were best for workplaces.
4. Make it fun. Decorate your desk with a few of your favorite things to give your office a piece of personal intimacy and sentiment. Photos of your family, favourite toys or craft supplies, handmade pencil cups… add a few personal touches to remind you why you’re working hard! (Combine items 3 and 4 using the Oui Yogurt Jar Cover designed by Mattie J, available on Ravelry!)
5. Get organized. Purchase organizers, drawers, and storage bins – whatever you need from places like Ikea and Target to organize all your tools and keep them within handy reach. These can easily be ordered online and can help you keep your workspace neat and tidy.
6. Invest in a good chair. If you’re going to be sitting for hours in your space, make sure you’ve got a comfortable, ergonomic chair. Going out furniture shopping may be daunting right now, but office stores are still open if you want to “test drive” your new chair. Or check out this report from Wirecutter which compiles reviews of the best-rated office chairs and order your pick online.
7. Make it cozy. Add a plush rug, a blanket on the back of your chair, twinkle lights or candles, anything to make the space feel cozy and comfortable, something we’re all looking for right now.
We hope we’ve given you inspiration to create or update your home work space! For more great ideas, we’ve started a Pinterest board for creating beautiful workspaces.
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