When we’re spending so much time in our offices, particularly during the pandemic, we all need some inspiration and clever home office ideas.
With most of us working from home, there is nothing greater than creating a fun workplace environment by decorating your study in a way that distracts you from the reality of the situation.
In addition to that, many workplaces are now encouraging their employees to work from home permanently.
Whether you’re looking to add some extra touches to your kitchen bench, create a set-up to home-school your children or if you’ve decided to create an entire new office space for your home, here are 15 ideas that you may find some inspiration from.
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They have created the fantastic ‘IsoKing’ furniture range right after the entertainment industry was shut down. The demand grew instantly with these compact, portable office equipment, making for a smooth transition from office to home.
The easy-to-assemble designs are made from birchwood ply and are even perfect for homeschooling.
You can find the full range here.
For something a little more minimalist, sophisticated and straight out of a luxurious hotel, this is for you.
If you have space in your bedroom you can always pick up a small wooden desk and decorate it with some of your bedroom decor.
If you already have an office space, make sure you liven up the area with plants, cute stationary, decor, and comfortable regal seats.
The IKEA Knotten Standing Desk is perfect, if you prefer to stand whilst working or if you want to alternate between sitting down and stretching your legs.
These are compact and versatile with many different storage drawers and even shelves for your bag. The best part about it is that you can move it around for meetings – or if you need to get away from other members of your family.
If you’ve had an office area that’s been fairly neglected before the pandemic, use this as an opportunity to display an extraordinary piece of art, or to fill up the empty shelves.
You’ll have your coworkers envying your home office when they see the display behind you.
Transform any storage space with some shelves that you could use as a desk for your temporary (or permanent) home office.
Just like your office at work, personalising the area with photographs and books that you love helps to prevent increased stress and can boost motivation.
What we love about this set-up is that it’s overlooking beautiful scenery. After staring at a screen all day, there’s nothing better than soaking in the view.
If you have empty space by your window, you may find a desk/reading nook the perfect addition.
Relax with a novel on your quick break from work and get comfortable with this fantastic set-up.
Natural lighting is also perfect for any Zoom meetings or to give your eyes a rest from the screen.
If you can’t find any to purchase and you’re handy with a toolkit, this should be easy to replicate with a quick trip to Bunnings!
This cosy set-up beneath the staircase is perfect, if you have some empty hallway space and minimal bedroom space.
This set-up could fit perfectly where a piano once was or up against a wall where you may have hung accessories.
If you find that you’ll be working from home permanently, you may decide to install some shelves or a desk in your spare room.
Something simple with a lot of storage space is perfect.
For something more compact, look no further than a Murphy desk!
There are so many options for a fold-away wall desk and you could easily DIY one yourself.
Mount this to your bedroom wall, in a playroom, anywhere with wall space!
To cut your search short there’s one you can order from Zanui here.
Sometimes it’s time for some renovations!
Cut some desk space underneath your bookshelf or beside your drawers. A comfortable chair and some gorgeous plants are all you need to complete the look.
If you have some corner space, insert a bench and make it your compact desk area.
If you’re really tight on space but desperately need a desk area, do not fret.
Now that we’ve all become accustomed to this new normal you may find that there are certain areas of your kitchen that you’re not using as frequently.
If you have a free bench in your kitchen with enough space for your legs, you can easily transform that into an office. Just pack up your things and move the chair once you’re done and everything is back to normal.
Again, if you’re tight on space but have an empty cupboard anywhere with enough room to install a desk, you can find any compact desk and place it inside.
This is handy after a rough day. When your shift ends, simply close the doors and the office disappears.
At Mum Strife we’re always looking for the greatest storage hacks.
Can’t find a desk to purchase?
Don’t have time to make your own?
Or, maybe you need a quick fix.
Any appropriate-sized shelf can make do, as long as it’s eye-level. If not, you can always purchase a laptop/monitor riser.
While an aesthetically pleasing office area is great, it’s even more important that you take a break and look after your health during the pandemic.
These home office ideas are the perfect inspiration, but remember for long-term desk usage to follow recommended guidelines to protect your body. Computerworld has fantastic tips to help you set up your space and Healthline has numerous stretches that your body will thank you for in the long-run.