Whether you're telecommuting or just being productive in your off time, when working from home it's always good to have a dedicated space to get things done. A traditional office desk certainly works, but more frequently people are finding unique alternative solutions for working at home.
The standing desk
Sitting for long periods of time generally means low physical activity and maintaining a less than favorable posture. The popularity of the standing desk among the community over at Ikea Hackers has lead to a great variety of interesting mods and hacks to stock Ikea furniture. If you feel like you're spending too much time sitting while working from home, consider the benefits of a standing desk to help you stay a bit more active while you work. I've experimented with this myself and have found that a coffee table placed on a traditional desk works pretty well for temporarily trying out a standing posture.
For more on standing desks, check out these articles from the Apartment Therapy archives:
- Making Your Own Standing Desk: The Best of Both Worlds?
- My $30 DIY Standing Desk
- When You Can't Decide Whether to Stand or Sit
The kitchen table
Working from bed
A sitting office
A workout desk
Some workout desks from the Apartment Therapy archives:
A hidden workspace
<Those with space-limited apartments might want to check out this table top from the Ikea Vika line, the Veine, which contains a hide away compartment for a combination table and desk.
A number of other manufactures also offer interesting takes on the hide away desk in more traditional styles.
Find a solution that works for you
Managing a balance between work and home life is tricky, especially for those of us who telecommute, working long hours from our homes. Luckily there are a growing number of options and alternatives to the traditional office space to help balance space, lifestyle and work. Take some time and consider your options when setting up a home office and find a solution that works best for you.
Many of the solutions above came about as a result of creative problem solving, and a bit of DIY elbow grease. Perhaps you have your own unique approach to working from home — if so, feel free to share a link in the comments below!
(Images: as linked above)