More and more people are working from home these days, for all sorts of reasons. It might be that they run their own business, they are starting up a new venture, or they work on a telecommuting contract.
Whatever your reasons for working from home, or for wanting to, you are in good company. Not only does a home office afford you more flexibility in terms of working hours and a work-life balance, but it also ensures that no matter how ad hoc your working day is, you have a designated space to complete all your daily tasks.
Of course, if you have a spare room or a suitable outbuilding (such as a converted garage or extension), it is simple enough; you can furnish the place and move right on in. However, if you don’t have a spare room available, you can always create your own home office by carving out a space somewhere in the home.
Not every office has to have walls, and if you want a truly flexible space that works well both as part of the home and as a pocket of professionalism, there are a more than a few ways to go about it.
Read on to see just a couple of ways to go about a DIY home office, no matter how much or how little room there is.
Make like a mime
Have you ever seen a mime act as though they were trapped in a glass box or behind a glass wall? Very convincingly, they press their hands against the “glass” barrier, as they struggle to find a way out. Of course, there’s no glass, but they create the illusion of a separate space; separated only by an imaginary barrier of air, but separate all the same.
You can do this with your home office too. If you have a corner free in one of your reception rooms or some other space in the home, you might automatically think you have to push the desk into the corner whilst you enjoy a very nice view of the wall.
Think again. By investing in one of our reversible corner desks, you can keep your back to the wall and have the desk facing into the room. Using desktop extension cabinets and other such desktop barriers (such as magazine files and storage boxes), you can create the illusion of a wall that signals to others in the house that behind that desk is a “work-only” zone. No building necessary, no glass wall, but a separate space all of your own, just like the
To add to this look, see our extensive range of glass desks.
Work behind the scenes
In the theatre, the distance between what’s in front of the curtain and what is behind it is far greater than what you see. In front of the curtain is a hive of activity, with everyone making lots of noise and things moving at a mile a minute. But that piece of suspended material makes all the difference.
Behind the curtain is a hardworking world, where people sit at desks far away from the very busy world outside. In light of the curtain making such a difference, it makes sense that hanging a curtain between your desk in the dining room and the rest of the house would afford you a nice quiet space in which to work.
Hanging curtains in a light material, such as muslin or voile, will not only provide you with a barrier that separates your
The idea of a curtain instead of a wall is great for all sorts of spaces, regardless of whether you are splitting a room in two, partitioning off an open plan house, or closing off the alcove where your desk is tucked. Of course, this idea of screening off your part-time home office works just as well using a decorative folding room divider or screen.
Whatever you do to carve out and create your own workspace at home, experiment with different ways to keep it separate from the living space. Working from home might give you the freedom and flexibility you crave, but it is up to you to strike the right work-life balance. So if you have a home office, use it wisely, and if you don’t…make one, complete with a black corner computer desk from us; view now.