The workplace is continuously changing and more people are spending their time working remotely from home. But not everyone has the space for a full-on office — especially if it’s your first apartment and you’re saving costs.
This is where a home office in your bedroom comes into play.
Not only does it save space, but it can help make you more cozy and comfortable while you’re working. While this might not seem ideal, the right décor and set-up can be downright cute. If you have remote work in your future — even if it’s only a few days a week, you’ll want to create something special.
Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for creating a home office in your bedroom that’s both stylish and functional:
Home office in bedroom: tips
1. Find the right space
If you have to add your home office to your bedroom, chances are you don’t have a ton of choice as to where in the room you place your desk. I get that — but moving a few furniture pieces around might give you the best feel and flow.
You want to designate a section in the room to work. Ideally, this corner of the room is somewhere near a window so it gets a little sunlight. You’d be surprised how much this can work to improve your overall mood during the day.
However, you also want to ensure that you’re ready for darker times in the year. Get a bright light that you can flick on when you need it.
2. Create a clutter-free space
It’s important to keep your home office clean and tidy, especially if it’s borrowing space in an already cluttered area like your bedroom. That means you’ll want everything to have a place in the room. Start by:
- Cleaning up any cluttered clothes
- Place magazines and books neatly on the shelf
- Recycle and useless stacks of paper
- Don’t use your desk as a catch-all when you’re not working
If you find you’re unable to naturally keep the area clean, consider investing in some organization solutions. Attractive boxes, baskets, and containers can help you put away things like pens, paperclips, and other supplies that get cluttered easily.
While it is important to have a few personal items around to make your workspace feel homier, make sure a few doesn’t mean a desk full.
3. Make it aesthetically pleasing
Speaking of personal items, you want to doll the bedroom home office up a bit. After all, this is your space and it should make you happy. Consider adding:
- Stationary boxes and containers
- Cute, non-distracting, knick-knacks
If you don’t want to put holes in the walls, consider using washi tape to hang up some of your favorite prints. Or you can frame them and place them on your desk or a shelf.
These things will make the room feel more like yours and help contribute to a positive working environment.
4. Add some greenery
Speaking of improving the space around you, greenery is always an amazing addition. Not only will it provide some aesthetic appeal, but studies show that plants can help improve air quality and boost your mood.
Some of the best plants for the bedroom are:
- Aloe vera
- Snake plant
- Spider plant
- Golden pothos
- Peace lily
But, as a word of warning, make sure you don’t go too crazy or you’ll end up with a cluttered space!
5. Invest in a good chair
No home office is complete without a good chair. If you work an average 8-hour day, the likelihood is you’ll spend 40 hours a week (or more) in that chair. With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable and it’s good for your posture.
When picking out a good chair, consider:
- The height
- How easily it rolls around
- If it has lumbar support
- How adjustable it is
While you might be tempted to go for the cheapest option, I would urge you to think about how much time you’ll be sitting in it. A good chair will save your back and make working from home a lot more pleasant.
6. Get a standing desk
If you want to take bedroom office comfort one step further, consider going for a standing desk.
These are an AMAZING addition to a home office, and they’ve become increasingly popular in recent years as people learn more about the risks of sitting all day long.
Now purchasing a pre-made standing desk can be a little pricey, but you can look into DIY options as an alternative. There are plenty of plans and tutorials online. Or you can get a converter on Amazon that can give you a way to stand when you’re ready and need to.
Standing during your day can help improve your posture. Plus the ability to move around unrestricted can help keep your energy levels elevated all day.
7. Buy a solid pair of headphones
If you live with other people, chances are you’re going to want a solid pair of headphones to help minimize distractions. Even if you live alone, there will be times when you need to tune out the outside world and focus on your work. In those moments, a good pair of headphones can be a lifesaver.
Working out of a home office often means “meeting” clients, customers, collaborators and peers over the phone and that means making sure you’re set up for good sound (and visuals in some case). A good pair of headphones can mean the difference between a tin-like, far-off, hard-to-understand phone call and a smooth like-you-were-there conversation.
When picking out headphones, there are a few things to consider:
- Sound quality
- Noise cancellation
- How easily they connect to your devices
The type of headphones you need will depend on how you plan to use them. If you’re going to be using them for work, I would recommend noise-canceling headphones so you can really focus. But if you’re just using them for music or other audio, then sound quality is probably your main priority.
8. Make sure everything has its place
We covered clutter already, but a successful home office really does hover around organization. When everything has its place, it’s easier to focus on your work and be productive.
Not only does this mean organizing your desk drawer and the space around you, but it means making sure that you put everything away before you “go home” after work.
With an organized desk, you’ll be able to keep track of all your supplies and make it easy to find what you need when you need it.
Creating the perfect home office
The most important thing to keep in mind when setting up your phone office is that it’s your office. You’ll be the one sipping coffee, making phone calls, tapping away at the keys, and burning the midnight oil, so it needs to meet your needs.
It might take some configuring and adding or taking away items in your space. But, in the end, it’s well worth it to have a space you love to work in.
Your home office should be a space where you are comfortable, calm, motivated and productive. You should be excited to arrive there (even if it’s only a few feet away from your bedroom) every morning (or afternoon, we’re not judging) and be comfortable working the whole day through!