Whether you’re part of the work-from-home movement or writing your next novel, it’s important to have the right work space when you’re getting down to business. And if this is a new routine for you, chances are pretty good your setup consists of a roughly assembled workspace using an old desk or table and possibly a worn dining room chair. But there is hope! These three home office ideas will help you stay organized and look cool, even if your business-casual means a clean shirt an ruffled pajama bottoms.
Your home workspace doesn’t have to be its own dedicated corner. If you’re short on space, it’s perfectly acceptable to combine where you work with where you eat. Just make sure you can easily put your work away at the end of the day. One idea is to keep your work papers and pens on an old-school cafeteria tray so you can easily slide it away. Unplug your laptop and put it in a drawer, and slide your external monitor to the end of the table or place on the floor and obscure it with a neutrally toned monitor cover.
Hide It All Away
If you’ve got a little wall space to spare, consider a modern marvel like the Covert Folding Desk from Crate & Barrel. When it’s not being used, it looks like a shallow cupboard. When you’re ready for work, simply pull a panel down open up your laptop, and go!
The Carson Forge Lift-Top Coffee Table offers another sneaky solution, but in this case it’s a standard looking coffee table with a top that lifts and moves on jointed metal arms, sliding out and over your legs. This option also offers plenty of storage and is great for hiding away your work at the end of the day.
Don’t Break Your Back
Whatever desk solution you choose, it’s important to have the right foundation. With the lift-top coffee table, it’s easy to end up sitting on the couch, but that’s not really an ideal solution – slouching or leaning forward to work would be hard on your back. But you also want a chair that will look good with your other furniture. Go for something that’s designed for looks and feels! The Wayfair Basics Vinyl Task Chair combines Eames-style class with functionality. The Joss & Main Mila Task Chair is another classy entry that will go with any decor. If you’re feeling regal, check out the Pridemore Executive Chair, or just go all out and encircle yourself in monitors and metal with an Imperator Works gaming chair. Finally, a desk chair with two cup holders!
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