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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

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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:

The kitchen table

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If you're like me, you might not have much room to set up a dedicated space for working, and so maintaining a modular, multi-purpose space might be your best option for working at home. Designer Lotta Jansdotter created this very cool combination kitchen table work space which lets you get more out of a small living space.

Working from bed

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Sometimes you just don't feel like making it in to the office, but taking a sick day doesn't necessarily mean you won't get anything done. Using a laptop pad on the couch or in bed helps keep your laptop on a stable surface and keep your lap cool. Pinterest user Alex Muzumbu shares a very in-depth set of pinned laptop bed desks and reviews. A short, light coffee table placed on your bed also works fairly well as a temporary desk space for those sick days in bed.

A sitting office

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Lifehacker recently profiled this unique office space, which employs a low to the ground desk which might appeal to yoga enthusiasts. Though perhaps not terribly comfortable, it's an interesting take on the home office.

A workout desk

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Much like the standing desk, a workout desk, like this one incorporating an elliptical machine, offers a way to mitigate the effects of prolonged sitting while you work. While perhaps not as attractive as other home office solutions (or in some cases as space efficient) a workout desk takes multitasking to the extreme, letting you combine working at home with a home work out (just be careful not to get too much sweat on your laptop).

Some workout desks from the Apartment Therapy archives:

A hidden workspace
<veine.jpgThose 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!

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