When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck, many of us probably enjoyed the novelty of working from home. However, in the time since then, frustration could have easily set in. After all, your work-from-home (WFH) Loft Space could be fraught with a wide array of potential distractions.
This explains why it’s probably worth thinking about setting aside a dedicated space in your home to better facilitate your remote working lifestyle. Your loft would be an especially strong candidate for that space, as it would be relatively secluded from the rest of your residence.
Make Sure your Loft is Work-Friendly
It’s easy to delineate your home office when you fit it out in your loft. However, you might not quite be ready to move all of your office gear to this loft straight away – especially if this space has never been converted. If you want to convert it now, you must tread carefully.
You should, for example, use raised loft boarding from a company like Instaloft to prevent compromising the insulation. Meanwhile, to instill a strong sense of calm, you can “flood the room with natural light by including large roof windows”, as Building Inspiration advises.
Choose the Right Office Furniture
A desk is an obvious essential – but, while a desk spacious in storage units might initially appeal, it needs to leave enough room for your knees, lest you feel somewhat cramped when trying to work.
As for the chair, it needs to offer plenty of back support. If you aren’t keen on buying a new chair, you could instead position a special support cushion or lumbar roll at the base of your spine.
A few other potential accessories for your home office might, at least in your case, count as nice-to-haves rather than must-haves – and would include a laptop stand, phone cradle and whiteboard.
Integrate the Technology your Home Office Needs
According to figures shared by the UK energy regulator Ofgem and relayed by Which?, UK home broadband speeds average about 64 megabits per second (Mbps). If you aren’t currently getting similar speeds from your broadband provider, you should consider switching.
While your personal laptop or desktop PC might suffice for work use as well, you should probably invest in a new, more powerful computer if the nature of your work would demand it. You might, for example, typically need to keep many tabs open at once in your web browser.
Don’t be afraid to add the personal touch to your new workspace
As this space is ultimately yours rather than your manager’s, you shouldn’t need to worry too much about whether they would approve of its appearance. Nonetheless, how your home office is designed can have implications for how well you are able to work there.
In attaching a few pieces of art to walls of your loft, you could give yourself much-needed creative inspiration. All the same, though, you should probably reserve one of those walls for displaying a stylish calendar or whiteboard, as either of these could obviously help to fuel your productivity.