Since the work from home trend is on the rise (with the Coronavirus outbreak), it has become mandatory for some of us to introduce a home office, whether formal or otherwise. If you are short on space or there are no additional rooms to spare, consider using your own bedroom as your work corner. Here are tips on how to go about it.
It is advisable to create a clear demarcation between your workspace and the sleeping area. How? Bring in a desk and a chair, and demarcate this area with a semi-open partition—a curtain, a half cabinet, tall plants and so on.
Your desk should always face a wall or a window for natural light. Make sure the general lighting of the room or sunlight from the window does not create glare on the computer screen. The size of the desk should be big enough to fit your computer on it and should be comfortable to write on.
The best part of an ergonomic chair is that it ensures good health and reduces the risk of injury or discomfort while working. Therefore, it is important to introduce a chair that offers good support, comfort and easily tucks inside the table so that there is ample space to walk around and space does not feel cramped. If you don’t have a chair like this, make sure the chair you choose has a height that ranges from about 16 to 21 inches off the floor—this allows you to keep your feet flat on the floor, with thighs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk. The seat should have enough width and depth to support you comfortably. Usually, 17-20 inches wide is the standard. The depth (from front to the back of the seat) needs to be enough so that you can sit with your back against the backrest of the chair while leaving approximately 2 to 4 inches between the back of the knees and the seat of the chair.
Do not compromise on the look and overall decor of the bedroom-cum-home office. The design and colours of the desk, chair and other storage units should match the furniture of the bedroom to give the space a cohesive look. If the room is compact then go for a sofa-cum-bed or a day bed. For a traditional or conventional bedroom choose laminate or veneer finishes for the table and a modern decor opts for glass and steel finish tables.
Maximise the wall space by introducing floating shelves and introduce built-in storage cabinets to organise your paperwork and files to impart a clutter-free look. Keep all the computer cords, wires and other computer peripherals out of view.
If the general lighting of the bedroom is not enough then incorporate additional lighting with a table lamp. Note that focussed lighting improves concentration and also enables you to work at night without disturbing your partner, friend or sibling if it is a shared bedroom.
Consider adding potted plants in the bedroom-cum-home office as it adds warmth and improves the air quality within this dual-purpose space.