We’re all adjusting to life in lockdown.
And if you’re lucky enough to still have a job you can do from home, you’re probably starting to wish you had a dedicated workspace to make the transition easier.
Hunching over your laptop on the sofa is not conducive to productivity (and it’ll leave your poor back in tatters). But how can you create a cosy spot for working when you don’t have the luxury of an office at home?
We asked interior designer Cathy Angelini of Flamingo Interior Design to help us navigate this DIY design conundrum and create a little space you’ll look forward to sitting in all day.
Tips for creating a WFH space:
1. “Find a quiet space like a spare bedroom or a dining room that isn’t in use during the day.” says Cathy.
2. “Try to use a separate desk rather than sitting at your dining table or kitchen counter. Ikea has very budget-friendly trestle legs (available to order online) and if you have a spare sheet of MDF or plywood in the shed, you have an office desk for under €20.
3. “If you don’t have an office chair at home, use a dining chair and make it more comfortable with a cushion or throw.
4. “If you can’t place your desk in front of a window, put some prints or photos up on the wall using masking tape or frog tape so as not to damage the paint.
5. “Add a plant or bunch of flowers to your workspace. They look pretty, improve air quality and are proven to increase productivity.
6. “Light a scented candle at your desk (lemon, rosemary or jasmine scents in particular) to lower stress levels.
7. “Place all the items that you use regularly within reach so you’re not hopping up off your chair every so often.
8. “Add a desk lamp or bedside lamp if your workspace doesn’t have adequate lighting.
9. “If your flooring is quite hard, place a rug under the desk and chair, making sure it’s large enough for your chair to move and slide around without catching the edge of the rug.
Here’s a before and after:
10. “Open a window to keep the room well ventilated and try not to eat your lunch at your desk.”
Planning a post-lockdown refurb at home? Cathy Angelini offers a wide range of services from small budget designs to high-end projects, including a handy online room design feature you can order right away.
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