How to set up a home office in a small apartment

October 12, 2021
One downside of working from home instead of the office is the lack of distinct separation between work and home. If you live in a small space, it can be tricky to have to relax or sleep in the same room where you just finished working. Not to mention distractions from family members or housemates can be hard to avoid. The good news is that there are lots of ways to maximise on space and create the perfect home office for you.

Which equipment can help make the most of your small space?

Even if it has to be put in the corner of your bedroom, a desk is an important part of working from home in comfort. You could even use a piece of furniture, you already have, that could double up as a workspace. Ideally, you should sit somewhere with plenty of natural light, as this helps improve mood and focus. Although it’s always preferable to work at a desk, living in a small apartment can sometimes mean having to move around to avoid interruptions. Using a laptop rather than a desktop computer makes it easier to change rooms at a moment’s notice. As for seating, opt for an office chair that fits snugly under your desk. Of course, you could use a chair you already have, to maximise on space, but an ergonomic chair would be kinder to your back.

What are the key rules of workplace management?

Keeping your workspace organised is vital in a small home office. Keep the clutter to a minimum, and try to tidy up at the end of every day. Only keep items on your desk that you need to use frequently. Vertical storage is a great way to use the space you have, put items that you use occasionally on shelves where you can still easily access them. Workplace management when you work from home can also include organising general clutter to create room for work supplies. These days it’s pretty straightforward to limit your use of paper, so digitise your documents whenever possible to free yourself from piles of files.

Photo: Niklas Hart

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