For most of us, working from home is like a dream come true! You do not need to get dressed, get stuck in traffic for hours, or work in an environment that contributes to high levels of stress.
But there are several pitfalls to this work culture as well. You need to have strict discipline, follow work schedules, practice self-control and have a dedicated and well-planned workspace.
While we leave all the other things for you to practice, we can help you with the strategic planning of the workspace.
If you have a separate study room in your house or a dedicated space that can be used for office work, you are practically sorted!
However, if you are not too fortunate with space, you still do not need to lose heart. You can very well set up a fully functional office within your bedroom.
The only thing you need to take care of is to plan your workspace so tactically that both your work life and personal life run independently without affecting each other.
In this article, we have mentioned a few tips that will work to set up your office, so your productivity and efficiency remain unaffected.
Things to remember when setting up a Home Office in the bedroom
1. Place your desk strategically
The placement of your work station is a primary decision that will decide on the level of your productivity throughout the day. If you are lucky enough to have a large window in your room, you must place your desk facing out, hands down!
In case you do not have any luck with a window, face your desk towards a wall. What is important is that you must never face your desk towards your bed or towards a mirror (if any) in your room.
While looking into the mirror can be the number one cause of distraction, a comfortable bed with a mattress and pillows will be the last thing you would like to look at when surrounded by ample of work and strict deadlines!
2. Work on the storage ideas
Whatever be the nature of work, you are bound to have stationery, paper, and other work-related items.
Since you really do not want to make your bedroom look like an office with office-related stuff lying in every corner, it is advisable to work on storage ideas that keep the clutter minimal.
A smart move is to have a desk with multiple storage units that will store all your office documents and possessions.
However, if you do not have too many papers and office related accessories, you must consider buying a Trestle table. They do not have much storage space to offer, have a wide design, and make a place look spacious.
Just the thing you will want in your bedroom to give you an advantage of office work and still not take up too much space!
3. Keep the lighting right
Another vital factor that will directly affect your productivity is the lighting, and you certainly do not want to mess with it! If you have a window, facing your desk out and enjoying the benefits of natural light is all you need to do.
In case you do not have a window in your room, invest in a good desk lamp with non-glaring lights or a warm and overhead bright light and floor lamps to keep your workplace brightly lit. After all, there is nothing more demoralizing than working in a poorly-lit workspace.
4. Get comfortable seating
There is no denying the fact that a good posture and a comfortable seating position are inevitable to a healthy and productive work routine. When setting up your home office, do invest in a comfortable and supportive chair.
Having a comfortable chair to work in will also dissuade you from reclining into a comfortable position in your bed while working. And believe us, once you get used to working on your memory foam mattress, there is no looking back. So stay cautious!
5. Separate the areas
Since it is a big decision to bring in the office inside the bedroom, it is vital to separate the work area from the area of relaxation. There are several ways of doing it. You can use a curtain, a screen, a glass partition, or even a DIY thing to separate the two areas.
This small effort will go a long way in increasing your focus and productivity while at work. You will never be bothered by having a comfortable mattress in the same room where you are working!
6. Make use of modern furniture
If you are starting to set up your home office right from scratch, you can also consider investing in modern furniture that is very innovative and space-saving. For instance, you can plan your entire office within a closet.
Once you are done with the work, you can lock your desk and laptop inside that closet. This way, you can minimize the clutter in the room, and you practically do not have any impact on office work in your bedroom.
Another exciting piece of furniture is a Murphy bed! When you put that bed up on the wall, you do not just have more space to yourself, but you are also strategically keeping your office away from your bedroom even while you are sharing the same space.
So, at one time, you have a dedicated office, and the other time, you have a personal bedroom.
We know that working from home is possibly one of the most difficult things to do. It requires strict discipline, adherence to schedule, and a lot of self-control.
But the good part is that this work culture allows you to be within your comfort zone and still be as productive as you can be. A strategic set up of the home office has a huge role to play in its success.