As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, we find ourselves working from home more often. Working from home has its share of challenges — especially if you live in a smaller space and don’t have a spare room for a dedicated home office. But how do you get an area that’s free from noise and distractions? The answer: Your bedroom. If done right, the bedroom can be an ideal space for your work from home setup. Here’s how you can make that happen:
Location, location, location
The first thing you need to do is pick the right spot for your office in the bedroom. Avoid spaces near the doorway or the Master bathroom if you have one, as they are prone to disturbances and foot traffic. Instead, go for an area by the window as this offers lots of natural light which is conducive for work.
Aside from a steady stream of light, setting up near the window also offers you a change of scenery and fresh air whenever you need to take a breather from all the stress. With the help of modern window treatments, you can make your work corner more stylish while offering privacy when it’s time to concentrate. You can choose to use curtains, blinds, or shades in a style that suits your needs and fits best with the room design.
Set up camp and get comfortable
Now that you’ve determined your slice of square feet — it’s time to set up your workstation. The right type of desk and chair for your workspace can help you avoid muscle pain and injury usually associated with sitting up for long periods. However, you do not need to buy a new desk and chair for it to be ergonomic. According to physical therapists, you can prop up your laptop or monitor using stacks of books so that it’s just below eye level, and use pillows to support your lower back.
Clear the clutter
You’re almost ready to work but not without clearing out space first. Use desk organizers to corral your things and free your desk from unnecessary clutter. Have a tiny trash bin nearby so you can get rid of trash quickly and not have them take up space on your desk. Aside from clearing your desk, you also need to make sure the whole room is tidy. A clean space makes working more pleasant, plus it also saves you from embarrassment when you have a last-minute video conference. A messy backdrop is not the way to impress your boss and colleagues.
Spruce it up with indoor plants
Houseplants are all the rage these days — and rightfully so. Not only do they help decorate your home, but they also have additional health benefits. Plants naturally improve the air quality in your home, contribute to comfortable indoor temperatures, and help create a sense of well-being. These qualities make them great additions to your home office and promote a healthy work environment. If you do not have a green thumb, don’t worry — plenty of plants require minimal upkeep while still giving you the benefits of greenery.
With the right amount of creativity and a sensible attitude, you can have the home office of your dreams with the space that you have.