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Experts Reveal Key Things to Consider When Choosing Your WFH Space, and Why Your Bedroom Might Be Best

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The option to work remotely has transformed the work-life balance for many people, cutting out commutes, saving us money on things like fuel and lunch, and giving us extra time for life admin.

However, many of us are working in rooms and spaces that don’t meet our mental and physical needs.

Slouch, a UK-based specialist in comfortable workplace settings and a provider of office chairs and desks, has partnered with interior experts to reveal the key things to consider when choosing your home office space.

These include the best rooms in the home, lighting, noise levels, temperature, posture, and the controversial decision about whether to work from your bedroom or not.

Matt Ousby, innovation director at Slouch, said: “With the sheer number of people who work completely remotely, or as part of a hybrid working model, the majority won’t have a spare room to set up as an office.

“But it’s still important to ensure you have a proper work setup, not only to encourage productivity but also to support your health. Working from a sofa, bed or chair that isn’t designed for doing so can cause plenty of issues with your posture.

“At Slouch, we prioritise creating ergonomic and flexible office furniture and ensure it’s stylish and wouldn’t look out of place in the likes of a bedroom or living room.”

Taking lighting into consideration when choosing your WFH space

Interiors expert Leah Aspinall, from Blinds2Go, said a key factor to take into consideration is lighting – and how you can control it throughout the day. “Choose a room you can easily regulate light in. Light will enhance focus, productivity and alertness, so it’s always best to position your desk near a window.”

“More often than not, bedrooms feature small windows that you can easily control light levels through.”

Ryan McDonough, an interior expert from MyJobQuote, added: “You don’t want to feel claustrophobic or squeezed into a small space if you’re working all day, so basing your office under the stairs or in a room with no window might not be the best choice.”

Ensuring you have peace and quiet while working

One of the biggest advantages of working from home is the quieter surroundings. However, this might not always be the case, depending on what room you choose.

“You should pick a room that’s going to be quiet enough. You don’t want lots of interruptions or noise when you’re trying to get stuck into a project or when you’re talking to colleagues and clients.” Ryan suggests.

Posture and staying productive while WFH

But staying productive while working from home can be difficult sometimes, whether you’re getting distracted by a knock at the door, the washing machine beeping, or that series you’re binge-watching is on in the background while you’re working from your bed.

Matt added: “There’s plenty of research that shows how your posture can affect your productivity while working. Poor posture can result in neck and back pain, headaches and fatigue.

“This is why it’s so important to ensure the space you choose in your home can be set up with ergonomics in mind. You need the right desk, chair, and footrest, as opposed to working from your bed or sofa, where you won’t have the correct support.”

Two of the most overlooked factors are warmth and air quality

Ryan suggests there are two other factors that frequently get overlooked when people are considering which room in their home to set up their office space, which are warmth and air quality.

He explains: “Lofts and garden rooms are good spaces, so long as they’re insulated and heated. You can get cold quickly when you’re sitting still for long periods at your desk. If you’re going to use a basement, you need to make sure it’s not damp and that there’s plenty of ventilation.”

Garden rooms, whether they’re set up in a conservatory, shed or outbuilding, can be a great option if the space is available, as they tend to have a pleasant view and plenty of natural light. As long as you’re able to control this with curtains or blinds, this is the perfect combination for a stress-free environment.

The most suitable rooms in the home for WFH

Leah acknowledges that her suggestion to work from your bedroom is a controversial one, with many advising against it as it could affect your ability to relax after work.

She adds: “While there’s plenty of advice around keeping work and relaxation separate and setting up your workspace outside the bedroom, going against this is still your best bet if space is tight and there are no appropriate windows elsewhere.”

Working from your bedroom also has another advantage, with it being one of the rooms you’re least likely to have other people in the home using throughout the day.

Leah continued: “Not only will complete control over your lighting optimise productivity, but working from the bedroom will allow you to create your own space away from the distractions of shared areas in the home.

“But there’s no hard and fast rule – if there’s another room in your house with a small window and minimal distractions, that could be an equally effective option for optimising productivity while working from home.”

Extra things to consider

If you are investing in your home office space, you’ll usually find yourself deciding between the best desks, chairs and monitors to use; however, Ryan explains that there are some extra costs you need to factor in that you might not have previously considered.

“There are some other practical considerations for home offices, including the number of plug sockets in a room and how good the Wi-Fi is in that part of the house. These issues can be solved fairly easily, so they needn’t be a deal-breaker. But you will need to factor in the extra costs.”

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