We are not really blessed with an abundance of living space on our little island, are we? Making the best of small spaces has become a national pastime.
With the recent pandemic, most of us have now been forced to work from home. This means that we need to carve out some of our already-small living space to be used as a home office.
This can be challenging but with a little elbow grease and creativity, you should be able to carve out a stylish home office.
Consider Space and Lighting
If you want to keep things organised, make sure there’s an arrangement for storing them so they don’t get scattered everywhere. You’ll also want to consider where you’re going to place your printer and other devices. The good news is that with the improvement in technology and advances in miniturisation, you should be able to find smaller versions of your home office essentials to fit your space.
You also want to make sure there’s plenty of natural lighting where you spend most of your time working at home. It’ll help keep you focused and keep the space positive too.
Consider a Standing Desk for your Health
In case you haven’t heard, sitting is now the new smoking. Sitting around all day will increase your risks of long term health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
If you have been steadily gaining weight through the lockdown, it might make you feel a bit better that you’re not alone. In fact, the obesity rate in Singapore is at its highest since 2010. We get it, though. It hasn’t exactly been easy to go to a gym or for a jog the last few months.
A simpler alternative to building a home gym would be to get yourself a standing desk (also known as a sit-stand workstation). You would be surprised at how much better you feel just by standing for a few hours more each day.
We might be biased when we say this, but we’re very partial to UNIQ quartz standing desk. It is the first standing desk with a quartz tabletop, and you know how much our team loves quartz!
A smaller space is also less of an issue with UNIQ. This is because the quartz tabletop is built from scratch in their factory, so you can request for a smaller length and width to fit your spce.
Choose Furniture Suited for Smaller Spaces
A lot of furniture can make a small space seem crowded and claustrophobic. Thick and bulky furniture will also give you the same effect. You can avoid that closed-in feeling by using airy and leggy furniture.
Hidden Home Office – On-Demand Workstations
Maybe you don’t really need a permanent home office but just need a few hours each day to get some work done. You can consider ‘hiding’ your home office in your closet or other nook and cranny.
(Image credit: Ikea)
You may also want to consider having custom-built fold-down furniture like this little gem from Three Salt Design. You can easily pull it down whenever you have some work to do and hide it again once you’re done.
Build an ‘Office Zone’
If you simply do not have a spare room or corner to turn into a dedicated home office, then consider designating an ‘office zone’ instead. Get an attractive office desk and simple home office storage furniture that matches your current living room decor and declare it your office zone.
A Small but Productive Home Office
Space might be a luxury that most of us do not have, but that does not mean that we cannot create a home office that we would enjoy working in.