Have a Dedicated Space

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Updated September 6, 2022

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If you work from your couch, your home is your work.Rodolphe Dutel, founder, Remotive*

Just over 30% of remote workers have space for a separate, dedicated office,* and that’s often the best option for optimizing how you work. People who don’t have a separate office tend to use their living room or bedroom. When you’re choosing where to work, you’ll need to think about:

  • Your floor plan and available space

  • How likely you are to be distracted during the day

  • Where you can locate a desk, computer, and the other office furniture and hardware you’ll need

  • How comfortable you can make your working environment

  • How professional the area will look if you’re on a video call

To help you decide, we recommend:

  • Talking to the people you live with about how you plan to be working

  • Trying out various spaces for your work if you don’t have a separate room

  • Discussing options with other remote workers on your team

  • Investing in quality work products to make your life easier

If you like to have other people around, it might be a good idea to rent a desk in a coworking space. Some employers might even cover these costs, and it can be a good way to create a routine and avoid distractions.

Here’s some inspiration from how other people have set up their remote working spaces:

Home Office Furniture

You’ll probably be spending seven or more hours a day working from home, so it’s important to invest in high-quality furniture that supports you as you work.

  • Comfortable desk. Whatever type of desk you have (or buy), you’ll have to make sure there’s enough surface area for your hardware, accessories, and any paperwork or other materials you might need. It’s much better to have a good desk and chair than to work from the dining room table. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are some ideas.

  • Adjustable chair. The type of chair you use is arguably even more important than your desk. It’s critical to choose a chair that offers full ergonomic capabilities, including comprehensive back support, chair- and arm-height variation, and other adjustments. Here’s a buyer’s guide to get you started.

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