It’s that time of year again – the end of summer is nearing, and back to school is just around the corner. That means vacations are behind us, and we’re all getting back to the daily grind.
For some, that means heading to class every day with nights and weekends full of homework. For others, we are continuing the work-from-home routine that we have become accustomed to over the past year.
Just because you don’t have a dedicated room for your office, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and convenience in your at-home workspace. In fact, with our list of essentials, you can create optimal work from a home area, no matter the size of your space. Check it out!
Essential #1 – Create an Office Zone
When you live in a small space, it’s important to capitalize on each bit of square footage you have by designing multi-functional spaces. Incorporate a desk into your bedroom, turn your living room nook or hallway into a mini office, or use a large closet as a hideaway workspace.
Essential #2 – Clever Storage
Next up on the list is storage. Living in an apartment means you need to leverage creative storage options to maximize your space. One way you can do this is by using vertical space. Consider decorating with floating shelves and pinboards that hang on your wall. You should also look for multi-functional furniture pieces like an ottoman that doubles as storage or an armoire with a hidden desk.
Essential #3 – Power Up
Let there be light! When designing your space-saving workspace, make sure you have enough light. If possible, set yourself up by a window, and if not, get a desk lamp. It is important to have ample lighting to avoid straining your eyes. In addition, to creating a bright workspace, make sure you have enough outlets to power all your devices. Get a power bar if needed so that you’re always charged up!
Essential #4 – Views
We are all about views! Space permissible, we encourage you to set your desk up near a window to bring in lots of natural light and to enjoy the view when you’re taking a break. If your window space is limited, use wall space to showcase fun pieces of art and decorations to keep your workspace lively and full of inspiration.
Essential #5 – Ergonomics
The final component to consider when developing your space-saving workspace is ergonomics. Ergonomics is defined as the study of how people work in their environment and considers the engineering and design of products, processes, and systems. When selecting your desk, chair, and storage, make sure to think about the ergonomics of your choices. Is your desk at the right height? Does your chair have the proper backrest? Is your storage easily accessible? Consider all these items to create a work area that promotes efficiency and comfort.
And that’s it! With these simple tips, you can create the ultimate small workspace for your apartment. Need some inspiration? Check out how we styled the micro-offices in some of our model units. Click here.