Working from home — how to set up a stylish home office using things you already own

If you, like millions of others around the UK, have suddenly found yourself working from home, you may well be in need of a home office. Making it a lot easier to concentrate and stay focused, these essential spaces will help you keep your home and work life separate and ensure your career is kept on track.

Desk

The first thing you’ll need to source for your new home office is a desk. A good desk is important as it will help to keep you comfortable while you work and prevent aches.

If you don’t already have a desk, you’ll need to have a hunt through your house to find something suitable. Ideally, you’re looking for a table that will allow you to sit upright and look straight ahead at your computer. Try out any potential desks you find around the house to see which fits you best.

 Greenery

Greenery is a great way to make a home office feel more stylish and more welcoming. Just a few plants can soften the look of your home office, brighten it up, and give it a bit of character. What’s more, adding plants is practical.

As @homeditcom says, “Strategically placed plants in a home or office can actually help to reduce noise. Leafy greens, in particular, can help to muffle noise and make your home a more quiet and peaceful place.”

Raid your garden, kitchen or living room and place your new potted companions on your desk, windowsill and shelves.

Chair

If you don’t have a ready-made office chair, you’ll probably find the most comfortable chairs for working are dining chairs. Dining chairs are generally a good height and their padded seats ensure they’re comfortable for long periods.

In addition, another added bonus of using a dining chair is that it’s likely to be stylish. This will help to make your home office as attractive as possible.

Lighting

Lighting plays an important role in defining the look and feel of a space. If possible, work from a room that has lots of natural light. This will help to keep you focused and help you to feel more energised.

If this isn’t an option, or if you’ll be working long after the sun has set, install lights that add style as well as illumination to your space. Borrow a table lamp from the living room, dining room, or hallway and place it on your new desk.

Storage

Having adequate storage in your home office will help you to keep the space clean and clear. Have a look through your house to see if you can borrow some shelves or cupboards.

If you don’t have any spare storage, you could try making your own shelves. All you’ll need is some wood, some screws and a little creativity.

For more ideas on creating a stylish and practical home office, take a look around our site, or get in touch with a member of our team.