We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home by now, but if you’re still using your dining table as a makeshift desk for your work or home studies, with piles of papers and books stacked all around you, it’s time to upgrade to a bespoke home office - or at least, a dedicated office desk. Having a specific place at home that’s reserved for work can make a huge difference to your productivity by making your WFH experience feel more like a proper working environment. It can also have a huge impact on your mental health and wellness, ensuring there’s a distinct split between your work and home life. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can create a designer desk space at home.
1. Choose a Space
This is an important part of the process to transform your desk space into something that’s Pinterest-worthy. If you have a spare room that can be used as an office, that’s the best option. However, we don’t all have that luxury, so try to find a space in your home where a desk and comfortable office chair can easily fit in. Luckily, there are some great options out there to make it easier for small spaces, including ladder desks and standing desks - ideal if you’re worried about not getting in enough steps during the working day.
2. Create a Separation Between Work and Home
If you can, try to set up your home office somewhere where you won’t be distracted by the pile of laundry waiting to be washed or the dishwasher beeping, begging to be emptied. When you’re in the eye line of domestic chores, you’re likely to become distracted - out of sight, out of mind really does ring true in this case. The same goes for what you have on your desk. Don’t let bills and personal appointments become mixed in with your work papers. For a successful working from home routine, it’s also a good idea to set boundaries with your time. Some people find the ‘fake commute’ helpful - if you’re in the habit (or want to get into the routine) of working 9-5, head for a walk around the block to signal the start of your working day, and another at the end.
3. Think About What You Need From Your Desk Space
Before you rush out and buy a designer home office desk, take some time to consider how to make your home office work for you. Ask yourself questions such as:
How much desk space do you need? Do you work from a laptop or a desktop computer? Do you have one screen or two? And do you need extra space for papers?
Do you need any storage space?
Will you need a printer and scanner close to hand?
Do you need a desk phone?
Will you need any books close by for easy access? If so, how many books? Are they likely to rotate over time, or will you need a library?
What about files? Do you need constant access to a stack of paperwork or documents contained within lever arch files?
How messy are you? (Be honest!) Look at the state of your current working from home set up and think about whether you need any extra storage space, cable tidies or stationery holders to keep your stuff in its place?
4. Invest in Your Designer Desk for Home
It makes sense to choose a computer desk you love if you’re going to be sitting (or standing) at it day after day. There are some beautiful options available, from traditional writing desks to contemporary styles, so there’s something for every interior aesthetic.
5. Find the Right Office Chair
Forget about the boring office chairs of the past - today’s chairs come in all shapes and sizes so you can match them to your room’s aesthetic whilst still getting all the ergonomic support you need. Try the Elefy desk chair from &Tradition, which comes in a range of colours and finishes to suit your style. Pick one key colour from your room and match your chair to it to really make it pop.
6. Find Your Perfect Table Lamp
A table lamp is a must for any desk space. It’ll help to create ambient lighting for those all-important video calls, as well as providing you with much-needed lighting on greyer days, and simply acting as a beautiful accessory. It’s the small details that add life to a home, and table lamps are no exception. There are hundreds of desk lamps to suit every style, from sleek metal designs to cute and quirky styles. Think about form as well as function when choosing your lamp. What’s the aesthetic of your home office? Modern or traditional? Minimalist or maximalist? Just because it’s going to sit on your office desk doesn’t mean that your lamp has to be boring, although it can be useful to choose one with an adjustable arm and neck so you can direct the light to exactly where you need it most.
7. Get Creative With Accessories
From artwork to accessories to help with cable management, this is where you can have fun, pulling out pieces that will truly elevate your space. Desk organisers are a must if you’re on the messy side. This desk stationery set from Pigeon and Poodle contains four different storage solutions - a letter tray, envelope holder, pencil holder and pencil tray - offering plenty of space for stashing your pens, paper clips and other odds-and-ends that you usually spent hours searching for.