The number of people working from home in the United States is on a steady incline — especially in light of recent circumstances.
On a normal basis, more than 5% of employees work from home. Most people would kill for the opportunity to skip a long commute and get paid for wearing their PJs.
But the truth is, working from home comes with its own set of challenges. You need to create both a functional and comfortable WFH space to stay on task.
Whether you're new to working from home due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic or are one of the country's 8 million WFH employees, this article's for you.
Keep reading to discover bedroom essentials and how to create the ideal workspace in the comfort of your own home.
Look at Your Bedroom in a Whole New Light
Your bedroom is an oasis — a warm, welcoming escape at the end of a long day. But that doesn't mean it can't also double as a functional office to work from.
Not every house is equipped with a spare bedroom or office, which means it's time to get creative!
Here's how to make that extra space in your bedroom work for you while working from home.
Designate a Specific Area
Despite how warm and cozy your comforter and mattress are, your bed can't double as your desk. Not only will it be nearly impossible to focus in such comfortable surroundings but you may just fall asleep.
Your bed is, however, a great place to take a brain break, stretch, meditate, or unwind after your workday (from home) is over.
The key to creating a comfortable WFH space in your bedroom is designating an area specifically for this. It can be a corner, an area behind a room divider, or even a walk-in closet!
Find the Right Furniture
Let's face it -- your bedroom probably isn't large enough to accommodate a full-sized desk. But it doesn't have to be!
Unless your job requires you to store countless files or use multiple display screens at once, a small cabinet or corner desk will work just fine. Choose a desk that fits your style and is large enough to meet your work needs.
Be sure to position your desk near an outlet so you can charge your computer and other equipment. This is also important if you need Internet access for work.
A small desk chair, lamp, and wireless printer are other useful office supplies. You may also want to invest in ergonomically-friendly furniture to help support your physical health.
Make it Aesthetically Pleasing
Who said that your bedroom office couldn't look good? Working from home and creating a comfortable WFH space is the perfect excuse to decorate.
Get creative with the chair you pick. Find something with upholstery that matches your sheet set or throw pillows.
You can also ditch the wheels of a traditional rolling chair and opt for a wooden or antique design. Some office workers even use exercise balls to help with stability, balance, and core strength.
Matching your office furniture to your current bedroom decor is ideal if you don't want your workspace to stick out like a sore thumb.
Divide Your Personal and Workspace
This can be difficult to do when your office is in your bedroom, but dividing your personal and workspace will make it much easier to focus. It also helps maintain your bedroom as a sacred place for sleep and relaxation.
Avoid bringing your work into bed. This means no laptop, paperwork, or conference calls -- even while sitting up on your favorite pillow. Not only is it difficult to concentrate this way, but you'll confuse your mind and body -- it won't know when it's time for work or rest.
The same goes for your office or desk area. While it's a good idea to personalize the space, avoid making it too comfortable or your mind may wander too easily.
Show Me the Light
One thing many people neglect to plan for when creating a comfortable WFH space is ample lighting. Bedrooms don't always offer sufficient light. This can lead to eye strain and headaches.
If your bedroom is dimly lit or the overhead light attached to the ceiling fan is too harsh, you may want to invest in a small desk lamp. A standing lamp positioned in the corner is another option.
Natural light is the preferred light source for working. If possible, position your desk near a window in the bedroom. Just beware of sun glare that might make it difficult for you to clearly see the screen.
A comfortable WFH space is about more than just your physical comfort. You also need to create a workspace that inspires you.
Add small touches to your WFH space that reflect your lifestyle and personality. Photographs and inspirational quotes and phrases act as daily reminders to stay on task.
A whiteboard or corkboard can double as a calendar or daily planner. Try burning a candle, incense, or using an essential oil diffuser to create a relaxing, creative atmosphere.
Create a Comfortable WFH Space to Fit Your Needs
Working from home has its pros and cons. Some people do it by choice while others are thrown into it by necessity.
Whichever one describes you, it's time to make a comfortable WFH space that inspires you! With a little creativity and the right furniture, your bedroom can double as the perfect home office.
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