Those of us lucky enough to be working from home during lockdown are swiftly discovering the benefits of a well-designed, functional set-up. Whether you spend your day on back-to-back video conferences, or hunched over a laptop, a few tweaks will make a big difference to your comfort, health and productivity.
These guides run the gamut from designing full office layouts, to making the most of a tiny workspace in the corner of your bedroom.
From lighting to storage, and the importance of having somewhere comfy to retreat from your desk chair – this guide from Fast Company ticks all the boxes if you had a good amount of space to work with.
If you’re thinking about a full room refurb or makeover, this article from Room Sketcher has some great advice on how to design a home office from the ground up – literally.
If you love a bit of traditional design, this post from Country Living will be right up your street – it covers everything from function design to decor suggestions.
This great post from Real Homes walks you through a step-by-step guide to curating the workspace that works for you while you work. Start by thinking about how you work best, what you need to achieve and what your space might need to do in order to achieve that…
If you’re bouncing between your kitchen table, a corner of your bedroom and the sofa, this guide from The Balances: Small Business will help you choose the most productive, conducive space in your home for your work set-up.
If maximising your work output is the number one concern, this post from Clever lists some inspiring, West Coast-inspired design techniques for your working space. It’s a little more aspirational than practical, but might be a good one for the moodboard.
Entrepreneur’s guide to designing your work-from-home space takes a functional design approach, with a list of nine questions upfront to help crystallise what you need, including “will you be video conferencing?” and “what type of equipment do you need?”
If you’re after some aesthetic guidance and decor recommendations, this piece from Home Beautiful has great considerations, like bringing in the outdoors with your plant choices, and skipping a desk altogether for a more slimline console table set-up.
This gallery from the brilliant Houzz is a source of straight-up inspiration, curating designers’ and readers’ homes, looking at offices and library or reading spaces. It’s absolutely dreamy…
Hear from the experts themselves with this great post from retailer Amara – they’ve asked a series of esteemed interior designers and stylists about their key tips for making a workspace that keeps you happy, healthy and working well.
Forbes focuses on you in this post, to diagnose your working style before you start designing your space. A rigid, formulaic set-up probably won’t be helpful if you’re a free-form worker. But if you love order, a relaxed and boho-style office won’t get you into the work groove.
For fans of feng shui, this guide from My Domain gives you ideas to flow energy successfully through your workspace. From whether you should face the window or have your back to it, to making sure you don’t have a bin in your money corner!
If you create for a living, you’ll know how important your environment is. But there isn’t a blueprint for creativity – while some need a minimalist, open-plan studio and noise-cancelling headphones, others thrive in a busy coffee shop and a steady stream of people-watching. This post from Design Sponge will help you design a set-up that inspires your creativity and keeps the juices flowing.