Working from Home in Your Bedroom: How to Create a Balanced Space
Working from home, inside your bedroom? Here's what you can do to separate your work from your rest.
One of the first and most crucial parts of working from home is designing a home office that is as productive, conducive, and comfortable as it can be. But not everyone has the luxury of having a spacious area converted into a separate home office. To squeeze in a dedicated work from home space, others transform a nook in their living room and use their kitchen as a makeshift area. Some who prefer a more private workspace make their bedrooms multifunctional by adding a WFH corner.
Setting up a workstation in the bedroom can be challenging as it can be too comfortable or distracting. On the other hand, having a home office inside your room may take away its calming feel as you begin to associate the place with your daily tasks.
So how do you carve out a space that is a balance of productivity and comfort? Cleaning and reorganising your bedroom is one. Investing in a space-friendly bed is another. Here are more tweaks you can apply to make a balanced setup.
Consider Dividing Your Room
Your room is a sanctuary where you rest after a whole day at work, so it's vital to preserve its calmness by making a partition between your work area and bed. A quick fix is to install a curtain partition to make a clear distinction between your work and rest areas. If you work in the morning, a section can help you focus on your tasks. Make sure to invite ample light into your space. When your work is done, you can slide the compartment to the side and reveal a more spacious area for your rest.
Make Your Room Alive With Natural Lighting
Start the day right by welcoming natural light into your workstation. Not only does it bring energy to your space, but it also reduces your risk of straining your eyes. Setting up your desk near a window can help you utilise the natural light during the day. Choose light window treatments to give you ample sunlight while blocking potential glare. For darker rooms, supplemental lamps will help create a well-lit home office. This can help reduce the feeling of tiredness after work.
Get a Multifunctional Office Desk
When space is at a premium in your bedroom, it's important to invest in multifunctional furniture to squeeze in as much function as possible into your small area. An office desk with built-in drawers can provide ample storage space for your files and office essentials. If you're looking for a desk that can fit in a corner, an L-shaped office table offers a spacious worktop and additional storage beneath the L- section. Another ergonomic choice is a standing table, which is gaining popularity among office workers. This lightweight table is convertible to cater both standing and sitting during your work hours.
Choose an Ergonomic Chair
Working in the office includes the possible injuries and health risks caused by too much sitting and a lack of proper posture. The right office chair will support the natural shape of your spine when sitting and provide you with lumbar support. Using an ergonomic chair with the right height and support system will prevent you from hunching over your desk when working on a computer. This can reduce the risk of injuries caused by the lack of proper support. To make a suitable ergonomic workstation, pair your chair with a computer desk or a standing desk that you can adjust based on your needs. Add additional cushions to your seat to get your desired comfort.
Clear Away the Clutter
Whether you're working or sleeping, it's hard to find comfort when you're surrounded by clutter. If you're short on square footage, free up some space by removing unneeded items from your area. This will give you more room for your office essentials without making your area cramped and suffocating.
Don’t Forget Your Storage Furniture
After clearing out your clutter, you can now assess your storage needs. It's important to maintain separate storage for your office essentials and personal items to balance your work and personal space. This will also provide you with easy access to your equipment or files when you need them.
A mobile pedestal is a compact choice for small to medium office items. Tuck this furniture under the office desk to save space. For medium to large office equipment, go for a bigger filing cabinet or a bookcase with spacious shelves. For office storage that goes seamlessly with your bedroom design, convert a chest of drawers into an office cabinet.
Invest in a Good Bed
While you invest in office furniture, it's also paramount to invest in your sleep. After working on one side of your bedroom, you don't want to lie down on a creaking bed that is uncomfortable. When buying a new bed for your shared space, choose a multifunctional unit that can help you save more space. A divan bed frame takes a smaller area than a regular bed frame as it follows the exact size of the mattress. Ottoman divan beds offer hidden storage where you can stash away your belongings without the need for extra storage furniture.
Add Your Personal Touch
One great thing about working from home is that you can personalise your space the way it works for you. Compared to your regular office, you can choose whatever colour you want your chair to be. Use this opportunity to make your space harmoniously conducive by adding personal touches to your work area. Add some decorations that inspire creativity. Fill your bookshelf with the things you love to see while working. You can also add some greenery to make your room fresh. Don't be afraid to show your personality with the items that make your space more inspiring
Don’t Forget Work-life Balance
Don't sleep while working, don't work when it's time to sleep. While you have more access to your tasks when working from home than working in the office, one thing we recommend is to establish a fixed schedule for work and personal time. While it's tempting to take a break and have a snooze on your bed, following your set schedule will help you maintain harmony between your job and personal life.
We hope these simple tips helped you set up your own office space at home. Although you work in a limited area, the boundary between work and me time is essential for a productive and happy employee.
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