Home Office Space: Clever Ways to Create Your Own
The trend of working from home is on the rise. In fact, a recent Gallup survey found that 43 percent of Americans have spent some time working remotely. So if you work from home, how can you get creative and carve out a home office space to boost your productivity?
Here are some simple ways to work with the space you have:
Make the Most of Existing Spaces
Don't have a lot of extra space in your home? Even if you don't have a room that you can designate for an office, you can set up a workstation in the corner of a bedroom, living room, large hallway, or spacious closet. If room permits, try converting your dining table into a workspace. Just make sure it has all of the essentials: sufficient space for your equipment and supplies, power outlets, and a strong, reliable Wi-Fi connection.
You can spruce up an otherwise drab space with air-cleaning plants, inspirational framed prints to pump you up, or a desk lamp with a dimmer to put you in the right mood. Even if you don't have a ton of room, adding a touch of personality can turn a cozy closet into a space that boosts your capacity to work.
A tall bookshelf, stacked containers, mounted wall shelves, and hooks can maximize the space you have. Getting modular will help you mix and match, and come up with fun, interesting configurations for your home office. Consider a standing desk instead of a traditional one. Not only will it save you space, but it boasts health benefits. You can also use cabinets and drawers in your kitchen, or a closet in a hallway to store office supplies.
Double Up on Furniture
To optimize the space in your home, you may also consider using a wicker basket or ottoman to store office supplies, a decorative mason jar for pens, or even a filing cabinet that doubles as a nightstand in your bedroom. You don't have to go for a steel cabinet in a dull color. Shop around for a vintage filing cabinet, or one in a bright or complementary color to accent the other furniture in the room.
If your home office space will be used for more than just working, consider investing in an extendable table. That way it can easily be converted into a more compact version when you use that space for family activities.
Hunt for Deals
If you're creating a home office space on a budget, scour the web for deals. You can search Craigslist, or via popular secondhand sale apps such as OfferUp or letgo. Not only will this save you money, but you'll be able to find quality items at a fraction of the cost, while also reducing your carbon footprint. Another perk of buying furniture and office supplies at a discount is that you won't have reservations about getting rid of old wares and buying new ones if you want to refresh your workspace.
And remember you don't need a separate room to have a home office space. With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can build a workstation in your abode with simple touches and little money.