Working from Home – Small Home Ideas for Maximum Impact
Working from home is the new norm for many individuals across the country. But, as you may be discovering, getting into ‘work-mode’ when you’re at home can be a challenge. Whether you’ve been working from your sofa or perched at your kitchen table, your surroundings will play a significant part in creating that ’at work’ mind-set.
We’ve got some fantastic working-from-home solutions to get you in the right frame of mind for your working day ahead, increasing your productivity and comfort, even if you have limited space in your home.
If you’re going to spend a lot of time somewhere, it’s a good idea to make it a place you like. We have some suggestions for adapting your kitchen into a home office workspace that will leave you raring to get to work. Take a look below at our best small home ideas:
Make the Most of Corners
To most people, kitchen corners are not incredibly exciting. But we see an opportunity. A corner is an area of your kitchen that can be transformed into a practical, functional space. With the right design, a corner of your kitchen can be converted into a multi-functional workstation. Making the most of this space can keep you out of the way of the typical hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen area, and it won’t obscure your kitchen’s original functions.
Consider a slimline, corner work surface, accompanied by a supportive chair that can be tucked neatly out of the way. These additions can be selected to work in harmony with the existing style of your kitchen.
The idea behind the corner workstation is that it would be solely for work-related use, your designated kitchen office, rather than a place for eating or prepping your meals. Therefore, when you take your seat at your corner workstation, you will know that it’s work time.
Breakfast Bars Are Not Just for Breakfast
Sometimes, there’s simply no room in a kitchen for dining tables and kitchen islands. A smaller, well-planned kitchen can incorporate cleverly designed breakfast bars that fit snugly against your kitchen wall, and these can be an excellent working-from-home solution.
Breakfast bars are the ideal space-saving option, providing functionality while remaining conveniently compact. Using this area for your day job will have minimal disruption to your other kitchen activity and can blend in easily with the rest of your kitchen.
We have a wide range of colours, styles and finishes for you to choose from to create the perfect image for your kitchen. Go bold with a bright colour or dramatic black. Alternatively, take the timelessly classic route with neutral or earthy colours.
Stylish Kitchen Islands
Although it requires a little more space, a kitchen island can be a brilliant addition to your kitchen. Not only will it serve perfectly for a cooking and preparation area, but it can also be converted to an ideal workspace. The light and spacious feel of sitting at a kitchen island can help inspire creativity and enthusiasm in your work.
At Granite Transformations, we have a range of elegant designs for kitchen islands. Our surfaces come in granite, quartz, recycled glass or porcelain, all with our cutting-edge Microban® antibacterial product protection that helps to reduce the risk of cross-contamination; vital when a surface has multiple uses. Add modern bar stools for a contemporary look or opt for solid-wood chairs for a traditional ‘country home’ feel.
If you have the room for a kitchen island, it is undoubtedly a worthwhile adaptation to a kitchen
Open Shelves to Keep Your Work Equipment On-Hand
If you’re fed up with having piles of books, stationery and other work equipment crowding you while you work, open shelves can be a convenient kitchen office solution. With stylish options to ensure they look great, you will be able to keep all of your things neat and tidy in a place that is easily accessible.
Have your open shelves placed on your wall above your new corner desk or breakfast bar to keep all of your work-related things in one area. If you’ve opted for a kitchen island, there will be plenty of space for open shelves underneath and around the work surface. Use your open shelves to further replicate your office environment, by storing decorative items that you would typically have on your desk at work, such as photo frames.
Knocking Down Walls
This idea might seem slightly drastic, but if you’re working from home for the foreseeable future, it may make sense to expand your kitchen area by knocking down walls. Being cooped up and surrounded by four walls for a large chunk of your day could have a negative impact on your concentration, productivity and mental health. Opening out the space you already have and thus creating more natural light could help in this respect.
Open-plan kitchen and dining areas can be both beautiful and convenient. For example, you could consider an attractive large archway to link one room to another. If you don’t have a dining room, an alternative option is to have an open-plan kitchen and living room. These can also give homes a sense of increased spaciousness, with added light and open areas.
If you’re thinking of redesigning your kitchen, whether it’s a complete revamp or an addition of a kitchen island or breakfast bar to accommodate a kitchen office, our 3D Kitchen Design Tool is a great way to start visualising how it can all look.
Does Your Bathroom Need a Makeover?
While working at home, you’ll be using your bathroom much more frequently than before. You may now be seeing aspects of it that you don’t like, things you perhaps didn’t even notice before. And, the more you see them, the more you dislike them.
Now could be a good time to undergo a bathroom makeover. Perhaps the fixtures are looking tired, or maybe its style is too outdated for your current tastes. Consider space-saving methods, such as under-sink cupboards, a combined toilet and basin unit, and fitted furniture, to name just a few.
There are plenty of ways to get the most out of the room you have, even if the space is limited. We have many styles, fixtures and finishes available to help you transform a tired bathroom into a place where you love to spend time. Whether it’s a large shower or wet room or a compact, downstairs cloakroom, take a look at our options to inspire you.
Additional Working-from-Home Solutions
When you’re working from home, concentration can be difficult. However, there are little things you can do to make the process of setting up and working from your home office that much easier. Here’s a few simple examples:
Oxygenate with House Plants
Establishing your kitchen office isn’t just about big adjustments and overhauls. Include some plants to your kitchen to brighten the area, adding some beauty to it and easing the feeling of being stuck indoors.
Studies have suggested that indoor plants can have a positive impact on both your psychological and physical health. Some suggested benefits include increased attention span, increased productivity and a reduction in stress levels. Perhaps more impressive though is the potential physical benefits of lowering blood pressure and reducing fatigue and headaches by as much as 20-25%.
A lot of us find it difficult to function properly first thing without our morning coffee. If this sounds like you, consider investing in a coffee machine with a timer function. Your coffee can be sitting waiting for you when you’re ready to begin work and will also fill your home office with a strong coffee aroma. And through everyday association, this aroma will tell your brain that it’s time for work.
Additionally, a cold-water dispenser could be a valuable purchase. Drinking a cool glass of water can be an effective remedy for when you’re feeling tired or lacking in concentration, and a water dispenser is a quick, convenient solution for refreshing yourself when your brain feels a bit foggy.
Stick to A Schedule
Establishing a working routine is critical for productivity when working from home, particularly if you have family and small children around. Decide upon your schedule and stick to it, even though it may be difficult sometimes. In time, it will become habitual, and once you’ve adjusted to this structure, it will benefit your work-life balance immensely and make working from home easier moving forward.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re struggling to concentrate while using your kitchen for working from home. As a place where you’d usually prepare, cook and eat food, and share time with your family, it can be challenging to adjust to working in this environment.
For this reason, you may find re-modelling or adapting your kitchen helps you with creating focus. Whether you opt for a complete kitchen overhaul and a brand-new look to accompany your new home-working style or change little bits here and there to suit your current requirements, you will, in time, come to think of your new kitchen office as your work environment.
If you need advice with any changes that you’re looking to make, we can help. Our team of design consultants are always happy to discuss your ideas for your new kitchen office or bathroom makeover.