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Working from home isn’t going away anytime soon, so embrace whatever space you have and carve out a cool, comfy and collected office area that says “I’m the Boss.”
Open for Business
Many of us have had to adapt a multifunctional room in an open-concept layout to include a desk. To keep the area from being distracting, match the aesthetic to the rest of the room and control the clutter. Provide continuity by using colour and style, and limit the elements to the bare essentials so the workspace doesn’t overwhelm the living space.
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The Nook Look
A little-used nook can often be transformed into a sweet workspace with minimal effort. Choose a narrow desk, add wall-mounted storage (think up instead of out) and select a small chair (ideally, there should be a minimum clearance of a little less than a metre between chair and wall, but needs must, right?). Ensure you have an electrical socket and good lighting.
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Just as a party usually ends up in the kitchen, so does a workday. A sizeable kitchen can accommodate business tasks at a counter between two cabinets or a small table as long as there’s enough clearance around it (a drop-leaf table or one on wheels offers flexibility). Set off the area with paint or wallpaper, and personalize it with artwork that complements the rest of the room.
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Behind Closed Doors
If the need for peace and privacy has driven you to set up a workstation in your bedroom, it’s important to maintain a clean desktop so any files, papers and computer notifications don’t counteract the serenity you need to get to sleep at night. Pretty boxes and bins can help store clutter, while inspirational moodboards and sayings may even help you get out of bed in the morning!
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Under the Radar
Working in the basement can come with the quiet required for concentration, but it also has its drawbacks, one of which is typically a lack of good light. If your space doesn’t have windows, you’ll benefit from using a variety of lighting sources, including ambient light the same strength as the light of your computer screen, task lighting and wall lights.
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Creating an enticing area for kids to focus on homework involves applying all the guidelines for lighting, posture and privacy, while providing an environment for them to express themselves. Chalkboard paint, corkboards, string lights, artwork and mementoes offer visual cues to keep young brains busy, while using favourite colours and themes makes the space uniquely theirs.
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Ingenious ideas for pieces that transform from desk to table, say, or office to wardrobe have picked up steam in the last couple of years. Other furniture, as well as accessories such as chargers and printers, have been rethought in order to provide compact solutions for small-space homes. Adding swivels, wheels, foldaway surfaces and adjustable pieces are just some of the innovations.
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