With remote working on the rise, every home can benefit from having a dedicated study area. Not sure where to start? Read on to discover the five essentials that will make your study space a success.
1. A sensible setting
A spare room is the ideal setting when it comes to working from home, as it’s much easier to focus and switch off if you can close the door behind you. However, if space is tight, try setting aside a corner of your living room or bedroom.
Having a dedicated work space also tells family and friends that you’re actually working and they should leave you in peace. If you try to work on the sofa or at the kitchen table, you’re much more likely to be interrupted.
2. Functional furniture
It’s worth investing in a decent desk and an adjustable chair with lumbar support, as these will perfect your posture and make working much more comfortable. Make sure that your new desk has plenty of room too, if you want to avoid any coffee cup catastrophes!
As you’ll probably be using a computer at your desk, you’ll need to adjust the height of the chair so that your eyes are lined up with the top of the screen. If the screen is too low, you could end up with an uncomfortably achy neck or back. You should also be able to rest your feet flat on the floor, so if you can’t, consider buying a footrest.
3. Organisation and order
The key to keeping organised is storage, but before you invest in any, make a list of the items you’ll need. You can then decide which items could be stored away for occasional use and which items you’ll need regular access to.
Once you’ve done this, it’s time to give everything a home. Try to keep the things you need easy access to in stack-able boxes, baskets and folders, then store the rest in drawers or cabinets.
4. Clutter free comfort
Now that everything has its place, try your best to keep your work space tidy, especially if it’s being use by several family members. Clutter can be incredibly distracting if you’re trying to work.
Your study area will also seem much more inviting if it’s comfortably warm, but avoid making the room too cosy or you might find yourself drifting off! Light is also important if you want to avoid eye strain, so try to place your desk near to a window. If this isn’t possible, buy a good quality desk lamp, so that you can focus light onto your workspace.
5. Attractive accessories
While decorating your study area in calm, neutral colours should help you to stay on task, don’t be afraid to inject some personality by adding a few colourful accessories Candles, plants, oil diffusers, posters, framed photographs and bookends all help to create a space that’s warm and welcoming.
Follow my tips and you’ll create a comfortable, well organised and stylish study area for all the family. Do you have any study space suggestions? I’d love to hear them, so leave a comment below!