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Tips for Comfortable Workspace in a Small Apartment

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During the pandemic, most people choose to work from home (WFH) and this may be extended as a part of the new normal. To work comfortably and productively from home, it is important to set up a proper environment that support productivity.

Ideally, there should be a dedicated space for WFH. However, for those of you who live in a house with limited space or a small apartment, you are often left with no choice but to use a common room as your workspace.

Here are several tips to design a cosy home office within a limited space. Hope they help!

Create a Workspace

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It is not always necessary to create a separate room for working. You can use one corner of the common room as a workspace during WFH period. Equip the area with a desk and a comfortable office chair to avoid any discomfort while working.

Adequate Lighting

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After setting up a corner as a workspace, make sure that the area gets adequate lighting. Ideally, the workspace should be near the window to get natural lighting, which can help to boost your mood while working. The great view outside the window can provide a sense of respite in the middle of working.

For those of you who are used to working at night or who don’t have a workspace with a window, make sure to use the right lighting for your home office. Besides the main lighting, equip the area with a desk lamp for reading or writing.

Video Call Area

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These days, video calling is an integral part of the WFH scheme. Therefore, it is important to prepare a room that can support video calling. To have a good quality video call, make sure that the room is properly lit, and your sitting position is facing the light source. Pay attention also to the background while having a video call. You can choose a simple background with a bookshelf or a plain wall to look professional. Don’t forget to also make sure that the video call area is noise-free.

Prioritize the Function

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While adding a workspace in a small house or an apartment, don’t forget to prioritise functions over aesthetics. For example, when choosing a desk and an office chair, make sure that comfort is a more dominant feature than design or appearance. That being said, it is not wrong to add a decorative touch. You can decorate your workspace with simple elements like a potted plant and a framed photo.

Complementary Elements

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Besides the basics like a desk and a chair, WFH can be made more comfortable by adding some complementary elements, such as an extension socket for your laptop and gadgets. Don’t forget to pay attention to the position and the tidiness of your cable. Tangled cables can be dangerous and the clutter may bring down your mood. Lastly, complete your workspace with a mug and water to keep you hydrated.

Those are several tips to design a WFH area that you can apply in a small apartment or a small house. Visit Archify for more tips and inspirations related to interior designs as well as various choices of interior designers ready to help you realise your dream home.

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