In the last year, the workspace has transformed. Many Americans have exchanged high rises and cubicles for living rooms, kitchens, and home offices. The majority of US workers prefer either full work from home setups or a hybrid that allows for working from home and the office.
When you are preparing your work from home space, the team at Kiba Studios is here to help. We offer a variety of office solutions that will make you feel comfortable and productive as you sit down to work through your standard day. Learn more about working from home in today’s blog and contact our team or visit one of our locations today to find the perfect work from home options for you.
What Does The New Normal Look Like?
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many workers have been forced to adapt to a work-from-home lifestyle. With restrictions slowly being lifted and vaccinations being administered, many offices are opening back up, but the look of modern work has changed. A lot of businesses that do their business online have shifted to give their employees the option to work from home if they choose, and this will likely be the new normal moving forward.
Benefits Of Working From Home
Working from home may not sound ideal right away — kids running around, distractions, and no dedicated office space could turn you off from home work. But there are a wide variety of benefits when you choose to work from home.
- There is increased flexibility when working from home, and you cut out commute time
- Many studies have shown that working from home can increase productivity
- Working out of your home is more sustainable, requiring less natural resources to keep office buildings at full output
- When you work from home, your workspace is more customizable, making you feel more comfy and settled
Zoning Your Home
Where does your home office belong? That all depends on your home and your desires. Up to 79% of workers have said that they’ve reconfigured their home to accommodate remote working. That being said, where should you choose to work? Maybe you’re stuck at the kitchen table for now, but you can consider changing up some of the following spaces to give yourself a better area to get your work done:
- Kitchen/dining room
- Living room
- Large landing
- Attic space
- Walk-in closet/storage
You likely know where the best spot would be for your work, but it may take some converting to make it feel like a comfortable home office.
Functional Spaces vs. Dedicated Spaces
Depending on your needs, you may have a functional working space instead of a dedicated office area. A functional space could be a multi-purpose room or an existing room that you can zone a small area for your work. For instance a kitchen nook or multi-functional bedroom desk. This may be great if you are only working part of the time from home. However, having a dedicated office space can be more ideal if you will spend long hours working from home. Dedicated spaces help to minimize distractions and help to create a healthy work/life balance.
Space and Storage Solutions
Finding the right spot to work is not just about having enough space for a computer to sit. You want to consider what is behind you for video calls. It’s better to not sit in a fully dark area whenever avoidable so adding in some lighting is key. Let in natural light whenever possible, but you can also add some lamps and other task lights to highlight work surfaces that you often use. If you’re using a storage space, you should declutter and organize the area to allow for comfortable working. You can also add in drawers, bookcases, and filing cabinets if you need to have tools and accessories at hand.
Craft Your Office With Kiba Studios
Whether you’re working from home now or are transitioning into a home office, you can count on the team at Kiba Studios to provide you with high-quality office solutions that will make your home office comfortable and productive. Shop with us and visit one of our many locations today to make sure you have everything you need!