Whether you’re trying to set up and run a home-based business or you’re transitioning into a work-from-home lifestyle, your productivity and effectiveness at the work you do is going to be determined largely by the workspace you have. While it’s easy to switch to working from home when you have a larger house, living in an apartment can make it a lot trickier to set aside your own workspace. This becomes even more important when you have to do Zoom calls and even presentations. It’s good virtual meeting etiquette to have a quiet and distraction-free space to work in. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to create a functional and even stylish small home office space. All it takes is a little bit of creativity, some clever tweaks and changes to your space and some affordable furniture additions. That’s all you need to be able to do your best work in the comfort of your home. Here are a few ways to turn just about any room in your home into an office space.
A great place to do your work without having a separate room is your kitchen. If you can clear up part of your counter, it can serve as a great desk space for you to use your computer on. The next thing you’ll obviously need is seating, and because the kitchen counter sits high, you’ll need something high as well. This is where these great bar stools come in. They can provide you with the comfortable seating that will turn your kitchen into a really great workspace.
Living Room Workspace
If you don’t have a dedicated second bedroom or office space, one of the easiest places to work is your living room. Your couch is already ample as seating so you don’t have to buy a new chair. There are still a couple of changes you’ll need to make in order to provide the back support you need to be comfortable. Consider getting a laptop stand that you can put underneath your computer, preferably one that you can raise so that you’re not looking down into the screen. If you can’t get a laptop stand, you can also use books to raise your laptop so that it’s at eye-level. You can also get a chair add-on that provides support to your lower back so that you don’t hurt your back as you sit there for hours. Another option is getting a sturdy side table and using that with a lowered office chair. You can also invest in $10 table risers to bring the table up a bit more if you need to.
If you have a dresser or chest of drawers in your bedroom, this can also be a really great space to turn into a makeshift office. In this case, you’ll need to clear enough space to put your computer, have a nearby electric connection to charge your devices and of course a chair. The best thing to get would be a gas lift office chair so that you can raise it or lower it to the level of your dresser. It’s easy because at the end of your day, you can put the chair away and have a dresser again.
Dining Room Office
Your dining room is great because you already have a table to work with. Now all you’ll need is seating. The problem is, most dining chairs are not designed for you to sit for long hours, so consider getting an office chair and replacing one of your dining chairs with it. This is another simple way to turn an existing room into a place to work.
Tiny Corners in Your House
You might find that you have a small empty space to turn into your home office, like the space between your kitchen and living room area. It might not look like much, but it can provide enough space to work. You can buy a decent sized floating shelf that can be installed in a small corner in your home, whether that’s your bedroom or your living room. Better yet, you can invest in a shelf that can be folded against the wall when it isn’t in use. All you’ll need is a chair to provide you with seating and enough back support to allow you to sit comfortably throughout the day.
Creating a workspace is a very important part of successfully working-from-home, not just because it makes you more productive. A dedicated workspace also gives you the ability to separate your work from your life, so that you can get yourself into the headspace for work when you start the day. Luckily, you don’t have to have a large office space, you just need to invest in the right pieces.
Judy Lees is a Content Contribution with darkroomclicks.com who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, branding and networking. He frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing, digital photography & wedding photography.