Now that many of us have started – or are forced to – work from home, what was once a fantasy has suddenly become a worrying reality.
And this reality can be quite the nightmare, especially for couples with young children (who also have home-schooling thrown into the mix).
Don’t worry. We’ve conferred with IKEA’s design mavens who have a few cool ideas that can help you set up an efficient WFH office for couples.
When planning for two people, it’s a no-brainer that you need two home offices. And having both of you working right next to each other may not be the best solution – unless you both work for the same company, of course.
In this case, mark out two separate areas, preferably in quiet zones. In a small house, repurpose one corner each of the hall and the bedroom.
If you’re lucky enough to have a separate guest room, use that as one of the spaces. This way, each of you will have a separate space without any untimely interruptions.
Many people never thought they’d be working from home for long periods of time, so they never invested in ergonomic furniture. But now you need to.
Browse through IKEA’s expansive collection of efficient worktables and ergonomically comfortable office chairs and pick what you like. Remember: if you don’t have comfortable and supportive furniture, you’ll end up with aches and pains all over.
Invest in a pair of good noise-cancelling headphones if you prefer working without distractions. If you deal with a lot of documents, it’s a good idea to invest in a small shelf or cabinet.
In fact, you can use the cabinet itself as your home office! Use the upper shelves for papers, the printer, etc., and place your PC/laptop on the middle shelf. At the end of the day, you can just close your office and get back home!
It’s also a good idea to invest in a good power strip that enables charging of multiple devices simultaneously. While setting that up, use a cable management set to ensure a tidy workspace and to avoid accidents.
Last but not least, you need to ensure that both of you schedule your work hours so that one person can handle parts of the housework while the other person is working.
Use a whiteboard or pegboard to mark out each other’s schedules to make sure there are no conflicts.
That’s it: You’re now ready to work from home in peace!