Ideas To Turn Your Bedroom Into An Effective Office
First added 11th June 2021
By Georgina Clark
4 min read
Before COVID-19, the thought of working from home was a dream. Goodbye lengthy commutes to work, packed lunches and 5 pm traffic, and hello uninterrupted work and controlled work environments. But when suddenly your dreams become your reality, it is time to start making conscious decisions about your workspace. Specifically, how you can design your home workspace to be as effective as possible.
For many of us, working from home was never even thought about before the global pandemic. This could be due to simply not having space for an office set up at home. But now we don’t have a choice in the matter, we need to think of constructive solutions. Of course, most of us would love a dedicated office room but when space is an issue, a bedroom office is the next best thing.
In this article we will look at bedroom office ideas and how to design a bedroom office, even when space is at a premium. This will ensure you can work as productively as possible when working from home.
Bedroom Office Ideas To Promote Productivity at Work
Firstly, we will provide a few helpful tips you can start to implement into your working from home day.
1. Make Your Bed in The Morning
The very first thing you will need to do in the morning when working from your bedroom is make the bed! Making your bed in the morning starts your day off positive and will lead to more productive tasks being completed. It will provide you with a small sense of achievement, encouraging you to continue to achieve goals that day.
2. Be Conscious of Your Bedroom Office Layout
Your bedroom office layout is important. Once you have purchased a new bedroom office desk, make sure you put your desk outward-facing. Preferably facing a wall or window. This will ensure you are not distracted throughout the day by looking at your bed thinking about getting back under the covers.
3. Declutter Your Workspace
As well as keeping your bed made, you also need to ensure your room is free of any clutter and mess. We're all guilty of leaving our washing on the floor and building up a "chairdrobe". If you know what we are referring to when we say "chairdrobe", there is no denying it! But in all seriousness, there is a lot of research into clutter and feelings of anxiety. Clutter in your bedroom office or home can make you feel disorganised and overwhelmed leading to complete chaos in your mind. According to Psychology Today, this happens because:
- It distracts us from doing what we should be doing.
- It overloads our minds with extra stimuli.
- It makes it hard for us to relax both physically and mentally.
- It makes us feel guilty.
- Clutter prevents productivity by invading the open spaces around our work environment that would usually allow us to think, brainstorm and problem solve.
- Clutter mentally frustrates us by making it hard for us to quickly find what we are looking for
4. Minimise Distractions
There are numerous distractions when working from home that you will need to learn to take control of. In our bedrooms, we have televisions and our mobile phones with nobody to tell us to get back to work. But one way to overcome distractions is to set boundaries and establish a remote routine. You could try and mimic an average day working in the office, keeping break times the same. But, for some of us with extra responsibilities such as children, it is not always feasible. Instead, turn your mobile phones on silent, hide the remote control and stick to a routine that works best for you.
Small Bedroom Office Ideas
One of the biggest factors you need to consider when turning a small bedroom into an office is storage. Make sure you have enough storage solutions in your bedroom office to avoid clutter and distractions. We have three small bedroom office ideas to increase storage in your working space:
1. Scan Work Documents into Your Computer
To avoid unnecessary paperwork and large bulky files, don’t waste storage space. Simply scan all your important documents into your computer and dispose of the paperwork. If you are worried about losing the documents on your computer, back them up to an external hard drive. You can store this somewhere safe.
2. Floating Shelves
Make the most out of your wall space! Install floating shelves to store books and work files. You could even make them look stylish and add a plant to add a bit of colour to the room. Shelves are a greater storage solution than bulky filing cabinets and drawers as they do not take up any floor space. In a small bedroom, you are going to need as much floor space as possible so you can manoeuvre around.
3. Storage Beds
Our final small bedroom office idea is to invest in a storage bed. You could choose a divan bed with built-in drawers or an ottoman bed so you can store your belongings underneath the mattress. If you are going to store work-related things in your bed, it may be best to choose a divan bed as the drawers are easily accessible. Unless you need a king-size bed to share with your partner, for small bedrooms we recommend a single, small double or double bed. This way you can comfortably fit your new office desk into your bedroom.
How to Design a Bedroom Office
Next, we look at how you can design your bedroom office to help you effectively work from home.
Separate Your Bedroom Workspace
Even though you will be both working and sleeping in the same room, it is important to try and create a distinction between the two areas. You can attempt to do this by having a room divider or screen to separate the room in two. Or, for a budget option, you could hang a plain sheet to block off your bedroom office.
To further make a distinction between your bed and office space, you could also play around with the level of your bed. You want to make the bed is at a different level from your desk and chair. This will create the illusion of a separated space.
You must be conscious of the lighting in your bedroom office. Dark spaces can cause eye strain, so you want to make sure the lighting is as natural as possible. Natural light is important for eye health and productivity. When planning your office setup, place your desk next to a window and allow the natural light to come into your room.
Bedroom Office Furniture
Bedroom office furniture choices can also have an impact on how well you work at home. Make sure you spend some time finding the most suitable office furniture when planning the layout.
If space is limited in your bedroom office, you could make the most out of the space you do have with multipurpose furniture. You could use your desk as a bedside table. This contradicts our advice on separating your bed and workspace. However, when space is an issue you may have to be crafty and remove your laptop or computer from the desk at night.
The office chair you sit on all day can massively impact your work and health. Ensure you find a comfortable and supportive chair that will help you work efficiently. It is also a good idea to match your chair to your bedroom decoration to create unity and cohesion.
Whilst we have provided many tips and ideas to turn your bedroom into an effective office, every individual is unique and will have different preferences on how they work best at home. For those of you who are new to the concept of working remotely, play around with bedroom office layout ideas and discover what is best for you. We hope you have found this article useful.
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