Work-from-home has now seemingly become a permanent part of our lives.
Initially, work-from-home looked nothing less than heaven: all one had to do was get up, drink coffee, and start working. There was no commute timing, and you had more control over your work surroundings.
However, it also came with its set of challenges. If you have been struggling to work from your bedroom, there are certain changes you can make to boost your productivity.
If we could, most of us would select a separate workspace over the combination of an office within the bedroom. But, since this isn’t an option for everyone, we must find ways to reserve a specific area in the bedroom for a productive workspace.
Setting up an office in your bedroom demands effective planning, and here are a few tips that will help you set up the best bedroom office.
Set Personal Preferences
Before you transform the interior space of your bedroom, you will need to see whether you can incorporate your personal preferences in the bedroom. That said, if you are sharing a bedroom with a partner, you will need to count on their needs as well.
If you happen to share your bedroom with someone else, you will have to ensure that nothing gets cluttered and that your partner can use the bedroom without feeling cramped. If your bedroom is spacious, make sure to separate the work and sleep area as much as possible.
Also, make sure to have a conversation with your partner about how you can avoid distracting one another during work hours.
Separate the Work and Sleep Area
Before you start buying the right furniture, such as a work desk and chair, you need to plan the bedroom area in a certain way to create a distinction between the work and relaxation areas. An easy way to do so would be to create physical space between the bed and the work desk.
Our immediate space impacts our mood, which is why keeping a positive and relaxing physical space is essential. Besides creating a physical distinction, you might also want to upgrade your bedroom and create the perfect interior vibe to boost productivity. Check out this bed frame to upgrade your bed.
To separate the work area from the relaxing area, you can use a screen or install a curtain – the closing of the curtain will indicate that your workday is over and that you can relax now.
Place the Desk Strategically
Guess what the biggest distraction would be in your bedroom? Your bed, of course! That said, pay attention to where and how you place the work desk. We recommend placing the desk near the window or towards the wall where your back will be towards the bed, and you won’t be tempted to crawl back to the bed and slumber sweetly away.
Choosing the right desk is as crucial as placing it in the right spot. For instance, if you only need a laptop, we recommend going for a trestle table as it is spacious.
Get a Comfy Chair
Depending on the number of hours you will be spending sitting at the desk, you have to get the chair right. The kind of chair you choose impacts your comfort and health. If you intend to use the chair frequently, make sure that it is comfortable and supports your back.
If you aren’t using the chair much, you can pay more attention to the aesthetics and looks of the chair beside the level of support and comfort. Make sure that the chair is sturdy, well-designed, comfy, and ergonomic.
Choose Multipurpose Furniture
If your bedroom is small and you have a delimited space available to set your workspace, you might want to consider using the bedside table as your work desk.
Understandably, adjustments like these can be a tad difficult in terms of keeping your private life separate from your work; however, you can still make it work with small adaptation skills, such as turning off your laptop and removing all work-related documents from the bedside table, once you are done with work!
You can put your computer and work desk in a closet each day after completing your work. By properly putting your work-related things away, you can ensure that you won’ have a work-related visual impact in your bedroom after completing work each day.
Another way to make the most of your small bedroom space is to use a murphy bed. This bed can be put up against the wall and instantly increase the interior space. While you can set up dedicated office space by effectively using the available space, by putting the bed away, you can also avoid the temptation of working from your bed.
Work in Bright Lights
Lighting plays a crucial role in boosting productivity and setting the mood for work. Trust us; nothing is more disheartening than working in a dim or dark space. Even fluorescent lighting isn’t ideal for work, which is why we recommend opting for warm and bright light.
To keep your mood elevated and productive throughout the office timings, we recommend setting up your workstation near the window so you can benefit from the natural light as much as possible. If there is a glare on your computer screen, you can set the blinds or curtains as either fully or half-open.
In the absence of a window, you can use a bright and warm table lamp along with overhead lights. Also, adjust the brightness of your computer screen so that it doesn’t cause any glare and impact your eyesight.
Work-from-home has made it difficult to strike a healthy work-life balance; however, you can easily detach from work and care for yourself and your loved ones with the right office setup. Besides having the right setup, you will also need to learn time management, especially when your work involves long work hours. We recommend getting up from your desk every two hours and staying hydrated.