The bedroom is a popular home office space, especially for those living with friends or family who need a little privacy to concentrate. With a few adjustments, a dressing table can easily be transformed into a desk, just clear the surface, and pull up a comfortable chair.
So long as it’s not your permanent workspace, your bed might be a tempting prospect, but ideally avoid this if you can – you may come to associate it with work rather than rest, which can disrupt your sleep routine.
The go-to working from home space for a majority of people, your kitchen can be easily transformed into an office space, with the added bonus that it’s conveniently located for those all-important tea and coffee breaks!
If you have a kitchen table or even an island, just set up your laptop and pull up a chair. Most kitchens are on the brighter side of the house, so you’re likely to benefit from more natural light, and it’s also not usually a place of rest, so it doesn’t matter if you get used to working in that room - if you can avoid all the tempting snacks!
3. Living Room
While your living room is usually a place to relax and entertain, it’s also a versatile room that you could easily transform into a suitable space to work. Working on the sofa might blur the lines between your work and home life, so bringing a table and chair into your living room is a good solution – you could also use your coffee table as an overflow space for any books or paperwork you need open.
Some people may need complete quiet to work, but if you prefer a bit of background noise to keep you company, working in the living room is extra convenient, as you can have your TV on in the background or listen to some music throughout the day.
4. Dining Room
If you’re lucky enough to have a separate dining room in your home, this is the ideal place to set up a home office. Your dining table can easily transform into your workspace and there’ll be plenty of space to plug in a second screen or spread out your notes while you work.
It’s important to pack away your laptop and any paperwork each night so that the dining table can become a place to eat again. Maintaining a positive work-life balance can be tricky when you’re working from home, but setting clear boundaries like this will help you unwind when you sit down for your evening meal.
If your home has an outdoor space like a balcony or a garden, this can be a fantastic choice for an office space – especially with the beautiful weather we've been experiencing in recent weeks. You’ll get plenty of fresh air and vitamin D, which boosts mood and productivity, and you’ll be out of the house all day. Just make sure you put on your sunscreen!
Garden furniture can make a surprisingly practical makeshift office environment – but if the weather takes a turn, you could even transform your shed or garage into a little home office, providing you can connect to the Wi-Fi from there.
Not every household has the added benefit of a conservatory, but if you have one, it makes the perfect home office. Enjoy masses of natural light, and if it looks out onto your garden, you’ll also get the soothing view of your outdoor space – both of these may help to boost your mood and productivity. Check you’ve got a strong internet connection, then move a table and chair into the space and you’re good to go!