VIVA’s six space-saving tips for the perfect petite home office
Emma Chadwick | 10th March 2023
We all love working from home when it comes to avoiding the daily commute and being able to keep our PJ bottoms on but finding the space for an ‘office’ can be a challenge to say the least.
That’s why VIVA caught up with Zinus, the furniture experts, to see what can be done to create the perfect workspace no matter what room you have to manoeuver.
Zinus says with some careful planning and creativity, even the smallest of spaces can be transformed into a productive and stylish home office.
And with nearly 30 percent of Brits now working from home either full-time or on a hybrid basis it’s essential to make sure the work/life balance, well, works.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, from a great desk and storage furniture to layouts and ways to use your WFH set-up.
Here’s six tips to (ahem) make your home office work
1. Location, location
Working from home bedroom set up. @Zinus.
The first step in creating a home office in a small space is choosing the right location. If you have a spare room in your house, you can easily convert it into an office.
However, if you don’t have a spare room, you can still create a workspace in small living areas, whether that’s in your bedroom or communal areas such as hallways and corridors.
Look for an area in your house that is free from distractions and has natural light. A corner of your living room or bedroom could be an ideal location.
2. Get the right furniture
One of the most important aspects of setting up a home office is getting the right furniture. When you’re working in a small space, choose furniture that is functional, such as, an L-shaped office desk that fits neatly into a corner area without taking up too much space.
A wall-mounted desk is an excellent option for small spaces as it can be folded away when not in use. You can also consider getting a desk that comes with built-in storage, such as drawers or shelves, to save space.
Zinus Brock Etagere Bookcase with Hanging Storage.
Keep your desk clutter-free by only keeping the essential items on it. Use organizers to store your paperwork, and keep your office supplies in drawers or on shelves.
A clean and organized workspace can help you stay focused and be more productive. Instead of having everything on your desk, consider installing shelves above your desk to store your books, files, and other office supplies.
You can also use wall-mounted or free-standing organizers to keep your paperwork and stationery in order as well as your coats and work clothes, or whatever else needs hanging.
4. Sofa so good!
Zinus Quinn Sleeper Sofa
The sofa bed is having a resurgence, giving you extra space for guests. It also helps in meetings and conference calls to make your office space appear bigger than it is.
Overall, when you’re working in a small space, it’s important to keep things simple. Don’t overcrowd your workspace with unnecessary items.
5. Add some greenery
Adding some greenery to your home office can make it feel more inviting and less sterile. Plants not only add some color to your workspace but also help to purify the air.
You can choose from a variety of low-maintenance indoor plants such as snake plants, ZZ plants, or pothos. If you don’t have space for plants, you can also consider adding a vase of flowers to your desk to brighten up your workspace.
6. Make time and space for bed
Zinus Suzanne Metal Bedframe
Make sure you also invest in your non-workspace! A great bed is the perfect way to start framing a room and set the tone for the style.
When you’re working from home, it’s important to create a dedicated workspace that is separate from the rest of your home. This can help you switch into work mode and maintain a good work-life balance. Even if you don’t have a separate room for your home office, you can create a dedicated workspace by using a room divider or a curtain in your bedroom.
As the WFH trend is not going anywhere, it makes sense to invest in a proper workspace or office so home stays where the heart is!