Stay at Home / Work from Home: 5 Creative tips for creating your ideal office & study area.

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

I don't think any of us could have predicted just how crazy/weird/scary/ [INSERT WORD HERE] 2020 would be. I hate to remind you, but we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Here in the UK, Boris has declared lockdown. Going to the shops feels like we are risking our lives whilst starring in a zombie movie. Nothing quite feels real. The world as we know it has changed, at least, we hope, in the short term.


So many of us have to risk our lives to go to work, and the gratitude and protection we give to the key workers is beyond words. We fear for ourselves, our families, our friends, even strangers. We are all too aware of the vulnerable and of course those unfortunate enough to have been stricken by this Coronavirus. We are all affected; all in the same anxious boat. The key is to Stay At Home.


Not everyone is lucky enough to stay at home. Not everyone is in the fortunate position to also be employed whist working from home. So many self-employed workers are selflessly staying at home with no income because their work revolves around leaving the house. Many of us have children to look after whilst working. These are only a few of the frustrating scenarios that have changed so many lives.


But whilst so many businesses are rethinking their business models, we too must adapt the home we live in to accommodate this new discipline, that is, working from home. Moving on from the minefield of distractions that working from home brings, let's explore the positive changes that we can make to our home decor to make this transition that little bit easier. Sometimes it's not as straight forward as shutting yourself away in another room - we do not all have this luxury of space or privacy. We have to work with what we have and adapt where necessary and achievable.


So to help give you a few ideas, British Home Design has partnered with Made.com to look closer at a selection of desks that you can purchase direct to your UK door and create the home office of your dreams. Even if you're tight for cash in these hard times, this article looks to provide you with some ideas so that you can work with what you currently have.


Your home will without out a doubt come with its limitations and impracticalities - it is not an office - it is your home. You need to find a way to make your new workspace work with your existing set up. Think about existing space. Think about existing decor. If you don't know where to start, British Home Design wants to help! First things first; all good workspaces start with the DESK.


TASK No.1 // FIND THE MOST IDEAL 'WORKING' ROOM IN YOUR HOME


If you are lucky enough to have a laptop, working at the dining table may be a good short term solution. But don't forget about your paperwork trays, files and stationary. It's hard to be efficient if your workplace is scattered around your house, working at the table and then walking up and down the stairs to visit the printer or access a bookshelf. Try and find a single place to make your own where possible, and if you have a family, you will all thank each other for this in the long term.