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14 top tips for making the most of your ‘Work from Home’ space

So Spring is here at last, and most of us are reflecting on the anniversary of the first lockdown and an extraordinary year.

We think the last year has made people more compassionate, collaborative (we know our neighbours better ), and community-spirited, but it’s been challenging, worrying and devastating for many people. It’s created new opportunities, new careers and new products and services. It has been lonely for some, and it’s been mainly virtual.

One of the biggest trends has been a considerable growth in working from home (WFH). Many larger businesses have already made plans to continue that in a new ‘hybrid’ way of working mixed with work in offices for some of the working week.

We have noticed a profound effect on our homes and how we use them. The Pandemic has meant we are all spending a lot more time at home, and that’s made us all focus more on improving our homes and gardens. There is a need for a home office space for some of us, a better kitchen for family time or even nicer bathrooms!  

Maranatha -Fold out Work From Home Desk
Maranatha -Fold out Work From Home Desk

At Maranatha, we create exceptional design and beautiful bespoke handmade contemporary Kitchens, Bathroom, Home Offices and Family Spaces for homes across Cheshire, North Wales, and the Wirral

Our passion is to transform spaces into something unique and bespoke.

As WFH becomes a permanent feature of many people’s lives, we thought we’d pass on our top tips for making the most of your ‘Work from Home’ space.

Whether you’re working from a corner of your bedroom or in a separate study, no matter how big or small a change you make, adjusting your workspace can do wonders for your productivity your mental health and motivation.

The Pandemic has forced us to merge our office and personal spaces; keeping them as separate as possible is also essential, so your lunch breaks, evenings, and weekends don’t feel consumed by your work.

Here are 14 tips ( not sure why we stopped there! ) on making the most of your space, no matter how big or small the room and your budget is.

1.Desk and Chair

If you haven’t already, invest in a good quality desk and an ergonomic chair. They will help your posture and productivity, and your back and neck will thank you for it.

2. Position your Desk and Chair in the right place

Where you put your desk is also essential, we suggest you don’t face a wall. This is proven to be unhelpful in boosting creativity and productivity as facing a wall is unstimulating. If you can, position your desk adjacent to or opposite a window as the gentle influx of natural light and movement will boost productivity.

However, if that’s not an option, try hanging a mirror above your desk, and this will mimic the effect of being in front of a window and create the illusion of space.

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3.Out of sight, out of mind

If you have a separate room, it’s relatively easy to shut the door and leave your work behind, but with a smaller space, it is more challenging. Where space is limited, use dedicated storage space or a stylish room divider. Try to think of tidying your desk as similar to making your bed – keeping both clean and neat that will aid a tidy mind, perfect for relaxing in but also working in too.

4. Plants

Adding house plants to your workspace will also help. Plants are proven to aid calm as they subconsciously connect us with nature. Choose types that need only a little care, such as watering about once a week once the top inch of soil has become dry.

Larger plants can be ‘trained to grow up a bamboo cane or down from a bookcase or shelf.

Maranatha -Fold out Work From Home Desk
Fold out Work From Home Desk

5. Lights

If you are lucky, you will have natural light for part of the day, but you will need artificial light at other times. Don’t leave all the work to ceiling lights. You may have a single bare bulb hanging from a ceiling rose. This is the worst option and doesn’t give you focused light to work with. What you need is a big, adjustable desk lamp. Some of the latest LED ones allow different colours of white light so you can change the mood. Adjust your PC/Laptop setting, so it emits less ‘blue light’ as the day progresses.

6. Coffee maker

If you have space and are not right next to the Kitchen, you might want a good coffee or drinks machine to make it feel like a warmer, friendlier space.

 7.A reading chair

Having a separate reading chair can be an excellent way of changing your mindset on a tricky task. Depending on your job, sometimes you will need to read in more depth. If you have space for a second, comfortable chair, occupy it. It will make you feel like your environment has changed without leaving your ‘office’.

8. Walls

Decorate the walls with nice pictures and wall art. It will give the room a purposeful modern feel. Try not to make your home office a junk room. If you store old furniture here, it will make you feel like you are in a storeroom and impart a sense of redundancy. You are working. You are not in temporary storage.

9. Doors

If you have a separate room, a closed-door is a sign to the rest of the household that you are at work. Make sure the door works and closes correctly.

If you would like to book a consultation and a chat with our head designer and design your perfect home design project, kitchen or bathroom? Please call us on  01244 455667. Or book a consultation or send us a message using the form below.

10. IT Hardware (Tools of the Trade)

There is no IT department at home, so invest in a good PC/Mac, a decent size monitor, a quality keyboard and mouse. If you want to use a laptop, invest more of your budget in what goes on inside it rather than how it looks. Ideally have a cabled connection to the household router ( use powerline adapters if you cant do a cable run ). If there is a problem with your broadband speed, get a networking and connectivity expert to check it

11 . Make it a food-free zone

Unless your home office is literally on the edge of the dining-room table, don’t treat your desk as a  dining table. Eat elsewhere and take a break.

12. Be noise aware

Offices should be noisy, and homes should be quiet. Often, the reverse is true. You will be amazed by how much goes on around you, in even the most peaceful street. Vans will arrive all day, delivering tiny parcels and vast food shops to your neighbours. Some of them will be out at work, so that they will end up at your door.

13.Workwear

Wear work clothes when you work, at least from the waist up! Wearing pyjamas or your scruffier clothes will make it harder to switch to work mode.

14. Books

If you work with words, then why not add some Books in the background? It looks nicer and helps you feel your workplace is a place to stretch your mind and be at your intellectual best. They also make a great ‘Zoom’ background !!

Change them around occasionally. When you get stuck, open something on any page. It almost certainly will not help, but at least you will be justifying keeping all those books.

The Pandemic has brought some considerable challenges for all of us, but it’s also brought an opportunity to review what we do and see how we can improve.

Whilst we are looking forward to the rest of 2021, we’d like it to be less eventful than 2020!!

We want to be busy building bespoke luxury family and workspaces tailored to your needs, tastes, and the shape of your home and not becoming experts in epidemiology and infection control!

At Maranatha, we love to create exceptional design and beautiful bespoke handmade contemporary Kitchens, Bathroom, Home Offices and Family Spaces for homes across Cheshire, North Wales, and the Wirral

If you have any questions or would like a chat, please get in touch or send us a message using the form below.

If you would like to book a consultation and a chat with our head designer and design your perfect home design project, kitchen or bathroom? Please call us on  01244 455667. Or book a consultation or send us a message using the form below.

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