If you work from home, you might have asked yourself a very simple, yet profoundly important, question. Where in my house should I work?
As you might expect, not all rooms in your home are created equal.
The best rooms to work from at home are those without distractions and feel not only comfortable, but look and act like an actual office.
Your sofa might work for a while. Or, maybe your dining room table or throwing up a folding table next to the TV. But, our work environment has an impact on how productive we are during the day. If we feel like our home office was hastily put together, or is only temporary, or has too many distractions, then chances are we are not as productive during the day as we could be.
“Choosing a place to work takes planning,” wrote Tech Radar. If you have a spare room, that might be your best bet. “Take a day to empty or rearrange the spare room, leaving space for a desk. Also, ensure a power supply is in easy reach, and if not, ensure you have an extension cable with enough plug sockets available.”
The kitchen might be a good option, but keep in mind that kitchens tend to be areas where families congregate. If you have kids running around and high foot traffic in the kitchen, choose another room if you can.
What about the bathroom? Yeah, don’t work in the bathroom.
But, your bedroom could be a good option. It’s usually quiet during the day and without a lot of in-and-out activity. However, working in the bedroom eliminates any separation that you might have between work and sleep.
“While it’s a nice option to use to change things around, getting up to work at a table in the corner of your sleeping quarters could lead to trouble sleeping,” wrote Tech Radar. If your computer is right there as you sleep, you might get distracted by the noise, blinking lights, or that annoying inkling to check your email one more time before bed.
The best office space is one that is dedicated as a home office- regardless of the room. Spare rooms are great options. Lofts, finished basements or even attics might work, too.
“In most cases, the best home office space is one that you can close the door on, leaving you focused on family and household tasks when your day is done.”
You get extra points if you put up sound dampening material on the walls or choose a room with carpeting to help reduce echo when you’re on a conference call.