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Table with lamp and stationary 

Overview

Working from home comes with a wealth of benefits. However, most homes weren’t designed with a home office in mind, and trying to juggle different requirements – available space, dual purpose rooms, productivity and comfort – can be a challenge. We’ve got some great solutions for you. Check out these three different office set-ups and create the ultimate home office.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, ear muffs, gloves and mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Steps

1Look 1: The Hidden Office

If you’re living in a small apartment or are utilising a space that needs to multitask (without much space for a permanent desk), there are still plenty of ways you can transform your surroundings into a comfortable space that encourages productivity. Here’s how:

  • Pull-out desk: Having multipurpose furniture is great for saving space and maximising functionality. By modifying a cube storage unit to incorporate a pull-out desk, you can use your desk when you need it and pack it away when you don't.
  • Storage: Use baskets and jars to store desk accessories and elegantly tuck things out of sight.
  • Feature chair: Add a decorative pillow or blanket over the back of your chair when it’s not in use as an office chair to give it a more lived-in look.
Storage cubes in a room 

2 Look 2: The Multipurpose Zone

A multipurpose zone is an area of your home that's used for both work and living. With this space, it’s important to create an area that allows you to focus without losing the cosy, welcoming feel of your living space. Here’s how:

  • Felt board: Stay organised by pinning up your schedule, and be inspired by adding mementos or art pieces that make you feel happy.
  • Get creative with lighting: Lighting can really affect the ambiance of the room, taking you from productive and focused to relaxed. Try fairy lights for a cosy feeling, and a desk lamp with white light for more productivity.
  • Tabletop storage: Keep clutter under control with trays and organisers.
  • Accessorise: Add some character to your space with fun cushions, lighting, art and candles. This will help make it feel less like a sterile work space and more you.
Bedroom with study desk and picture frame hanging 

3Look 3: The Dedicated Office

Working from home is here to stay, so why not create a dedicated workspace that is as comfortable and functional as possible? Here’s how:

  • Wallpaper: A feature wall will bring your space to life and showcase your personality. (Plus, it’s the perfect backdrop for video calls.)
  • Breakout area: While working from home, it’s important to remember to move around and take a break from your desk. Creating a dedicated breakout area away from your desk to take calls, jot down ideas or read a book on a coffee break will help with that.
  • Storage and shelving: Ample storage and shelving is a great way to infuse your space with some character pieces, while serving as a functional storage area for folders, documents and other items.
  • Indoor plants: Indoor plants improve air quality and make your space feel lush.
  • Good lighting: Optimal lighting is key for creating ambiance, and it also helps reduce eye-strain.

The most important thing to remember is that your workspace should be a place you enjoy spending time, one that helps you be productive while keeping you inspired. No matter what size or space you’re working with, there are ways to improve functionality while letting your personal style shine through.

Timber themed Office with Animal wallpaper

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.