So how is working from home working out for you? It was always a dream of mine to be able to work from home and I did it for a year but it wasn’t quite the panacea I was hoping for. Hence the reason I decided to open my own coworking space in Totnes for creative female entrepreneurs.
It wasn’t necessarily the concept of working from home that didn’t suit me, I quite enjoyed my time at home. The main problem is that we live in a small two-bedroom flat so I don’t really have the space to work from home comfortably. I don’t have a dedicated place where I can set up my laptop and work and I don’t even have a space where I could fit a desk in. I ended up working from my dining table or from the sofa which wasn’t particularly conducive to productivity.
Whilst working from home has become part of the “new normal” during lockdown, it may continue to play a major role in our work lives once restrictions are lifted.
There is a lot of talk at the moment about how work will look in the future. It is likely that many of us will be able to continue working from home. The situation has allowed employees to prove that working from home is not only a feasible option but can, in fact, be preferable. People have remained productive, got their work done, used technology to hold meetings and keep in touch and work has continued remotely.
Some large companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Google have announced that their staff can continue to work from home even once restrictions are lifted. Other companies are exploring the possibility of allowing employees to work from home for part of the week to minimise the number of staff in the office at any one time.
Given that working from home could become the new normal for many of us, it’s even more important that we focus on our home offices to ensure that they are up to the job. Considering that the average office worker spends approximately 1700 hours (67 days) a year sat at their desk it’s imperative that we choose well-designed desks and chairs that support our bodies and prevent injuries.
For those of you who now find yourselves joining the masses who worked from home before the lockdown came into play, I thought it might be handy to put together a post containing some of the best space-saving desks on the market.
If you live in a more spacious home than I do, I highly recommend creating a dedicated area to work from. Preferably somewhere quiet and where you can at least get a bit of privacy, especially if you have the kids home right now.
If possible, try to ensure that you are able to separate your home life from your work life so that you can switch off at the end of the day. It’s also important to minimise distractions and stay organised. Perhaps opt for a desk with hidden storage so you can easily pack away your belongings at the end of the day and keep them all neatly together.
Space-saving desks that don’t take up too much floor space are a good choice as they won’t impinge too much on the room. If they can fold away or are wall hung they create an even more spacious feel. If the space-saving desks have storage, you get extra marks and shelves above earn super bonus points.
These are some of the nicest space-saving desks that I have found and I would be happy to have any of them in my own home, if I had the space.
What does worry me slightly though is the selection of chairs and stools photographed with these desks. I can tell you now, after a year of working on a wooden dining chair, this is not the solution, no matter how good a chair looks in a styled photograph. Working from a backless wooden stool is also a terrible idea.
I’m going to do a follow-up post on stylish, ergonomic office chairs for home offices. Watch this space.
- Scout oak ladder desk with black frame from Habitat (affiliate)
- San Francisco desk from Wooden Furniture Store
- Jotter desk from Loaf
- &Tradition Palette desk from Amara
- Outta Sight desk from Loaf
- Northern Shelter desk from Nest
- Ashwicke Desk with Storage from Garden Trading
- Nubo wall-mounted desk from Ligne Roset
- Copenhagen 1 drawer standing desk from Argos
- Etta oak curved desk with drawers from Habitat (affiliate)
- Scandi Natural Oak Desk from Danetti
- Fulton ladder desk from Dunelm
Let me know about your home office set up. Are you working from your dining table like me? Or have you managed to find a small space to set up your new home office? Are you hoping to continue working from home once restrictions are lifted? Or are you looking forward to getting back to the office?