While working from home is now the new normal, for most of us, investing in a new space from which to hold those all-important Zoom meetings isn’t a viable option. Instead, we’re having to adapt and adjust our homes as best we can to ensure they fit our new lifestyle. And if you’re living in a small apartment or house, you’ll know the importance of making multi-functional spaces more flexible. With this in mind, international designer Benji Lewis from Zoom that Room – a well-established British interior designer with extensive experience working on both residential and commercial properties – has shared five fail safe tips on how you can effortlessly make space suitable for both home-working as well as down-time, without compromising on style. Designed to help you create a productive and efficient remote-working environment, follow his steps to make your days working from home more dynamic than ever.
Space planning is crucial
Identify spaces that work for you for ‘work time’ and try to keep this separate from the space that you use for ‘downtime’. This means no more tapping away from your bed, and trying to distinguish between places in the home where you’ll be using your laptop for work; and places where you’ll be using it for pleasure.
If your work time takes place during daylight hours, try and arrange that your work station has natural light, but back this up with artificial desk light so that you’re never lacking on the light front – winter afternoons can be brutal.
Zone your spaces
A way to indicate that an area is for downtime is to zone your space, which could be via a new furniture layout if required. For example, it might be nice to add a rug to the area you’ll be using for relaxation – a soft surface under the foot for that end of the day feeling of comfort.
Focus on task lighting for the ‘office’ space
Having decent lighting is a key factor when it comes to creating a productive working from home space; as it will enable you to concentrate clearly throughout the day. Then focus on ambient lighting for downtime space – a neat floor light besides an armchair is a lovely addition to any home office.
Ensure that your comfort is really worked out
Ensure that you have a desk chair that supports you appropriately – nobody wants back pain; for the end of the day try and find a really comfortable armchair, but keep it neat – big scrolly arms and large additional back cushions can quickly make a room look cluttered. A comfortable seat and a couple of scatter cushions should suffice.